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Next Stop Rio de Janeiro: The Global Economic Symposium Is Moving to Brazil This Year

Press Invitation, August 30, 2012

We would like to invite all media representatives to attend this year’s Global Economic Symposium (GES), which will be held under the title of “Growth through Education and Innovation”

in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from October 16–17.

The objective of the GES is find solutions to urgent global problems. Because the world is so interlinked today, these solutions need to be creative solutions to which people from all over the world contribute. The city in which the GES is being held this year is in a country that suffers from at least two important global problems: poor shanty towns and threatened rainforests. The GES participants will discuss the challenges and opportunities presented by these problems. They will, for example, discuss how to preserve and reforest such rainforests as the Amazon Rainforest in Brazil, the largest rainforest in the world. In addition to discussing such political and environmental problems, they will discuss urgent economic problems. They will, for example, discuss the dilemma between stability and inflation that central banks have to cope with. Further, they will discuss numerous important social problems, such as unemployment among young people.

This year, more than 600 decision makers and experts will once again participate in finding solutions to global problems.

Representatives of the media will be able to attend the panel discussions as well as various open and creative discussion forums, and will thus be to watch as the solutions to global problems take shape.

If you would like to obtain accreditation, please fill out and submit the accreditation form to [Email protection active, please enable JavaScript.].

The Global Economic Symposium (GES) 2012 is being jointly organized by the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW) and the Bertelsmann Stiftung, in cooperation with the German National Library of Economics – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics (ZBW) and in col­laboration with the Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV).

Further information, including information on the topics and participants, can be found at and at the official GES-blog at

Media Kit

Find updated information and materials concerning the Global Economic Symposium in the media kit.

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