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Press Invitation - Redefining Success - 6th Global Economic Symposium

    August 27, 2013

    • Accreditation applications are now being accepted for the 6th Global Economic Symposium to be held on October 1–2, and for the opening ceremony to be held on September 30
    • 600 international decision makers in government, business, science, and civil society will develop solutions to current global problems
    • Expected participants
    • Preliminary program

     

    Approximately 600 international decision makers in government, business, science, and civil society are expected to come together for the 6th Global Economic Symposium (GES 2013) on October 1–2 to develop solutions to current global problems. The opening ceremony will take place already on September 30.

    The main theme of this year’s symposium is Redefining Success. In today’s globalized world, too much importance is placed upon economic success as measured by the level of material affluence. “But the fact that GDP and other economic measures are merely measures and not an end in themselves is often overlooked,” says Dennis Snower, the president of the Kiel Institute. It would be better to measure success using the economic well-being that our activities generate and how this well-being is distributed among the population and between generations. Redefining success in this manner could open new opportunities for attaining fair and sustainable affluence. “It could open up new opportunities for cooperation,” says Snower.

    The theme of this year’s symposium will be reflected in all of the four larger subthemes: Achieving Sustainable and Inclusive Growth, Fiscal and Financial Sustainability, Poverty in the Midst of Plenty, and New Opportunities for Global Cooperation. In total, there will be more than 40 discussion sessions in which the participants will try to find solutions to global problems.

    Among this year’s numerous renowned participants are:

    Business

    • Jürgen Fitschen, co-chairman of the board of Deutsche Bank AG
    • Geoff Riddell, member of the Group Executive Committee of Zurich Insurance
    • Marcus Schenck, CFO of E.ON SE

     

    Government and NGOs

    • George Soros, founder and chairman of Open Society Foundations (USA)
    • Joaquín Almunia, vice president and competition commissioner of the European Commission
    • Mehmet Şimşek, finance minister of Turkey
    • Martti Ahtisaari, Nobel laureate and founder and chairman of Crisis Management Initiative (Finland)

     

    Economics

    • Richard Ernst, Nobel laureate
    • Roman Frydman, professor of economics at New York University and chairman of INET’s Program on Imperfect Knowledge Economics
    • Dale Mortensen, Nobel laureate
    • Tania Singer, director of the Leipzig Max-Planck-Institut für Kognitions- und Neurowissenschaften

     

    New this year: unlike in previous years, the sessions this year will be “on the record” unless particular participants request otherwise.

    The organizers of GES 2013 would like to invite you to attend.

    GES 2013 will be held at the Atlantic Hotel in Kiel.

    The opening ceremony, which should be of special interest to photojournalists, will be held on the evening of September 30.
    We look forward to welcoming you at GES 2013.

    Please register by submitting the attached accreditation form by September 20. Accreditation cannot be granted after this date for security reasons.

    Note that the symposium will be held in English.

     


     

    The Global Economic Symposium (GES) 2013 is being organized by the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW) in cooperation with the German National Library of Economics – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics (ZBW).

    Further information is available at www.global-economic-symposium.org and on the official GES Blog at blog.global-economic-symposium.org.

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