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GES Blog: Making Cities Thrive

September 08, 2014

Smart Urban Planning

The population in cities is expected to have nearly doubled by 2050. Small cities will become large cities. This also happened to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and it is an outstanding example of how growing cities can be developed sustainably. Here is a three-step strategy...

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GES 2014: Smart Urban Planning for Megacities

September 08, 2014

Sebastian Petrick of the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW) introduces the session on Smart Urban Planning for Megacities.
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Quotes from the Opening Plenary of the GES 2014

September 08, 2014

GES 2014 - Opening Plenary"We must craft our social settings so as to give people of diverse backgrounds a superordinate goal"
Dennis Snower, Institute for the World Economy (IfW)

"Inequalities are not due to the market forces but due to political forces"
Joseph E. Stiglitz, Columbia University

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GES 2014: Global Supply Chains & Sustainability

September 08, 2014

Dennis Görlich of the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW) introduces the session on Global Supply Chains & Sustainability.
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GES 2014: Adventures in Waste and Recycling

September 08, 2014

Chris Crozier from REDISA explains why it is so important to manage our waste wisely.
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GES 2014: Dealing with Rising Inequality

September 08, 2014

Jonathan Hennung, Head of Communication of the GES talks about rising inequality and the urge to find solutions to this problem.
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Quotes from the Opening Plenary of the GES 2014

September 07, 2014

Opening Plenary"It’s not about 'Capitalism in the 21st century', it’s about 'Politics in the 21st century'."
Joseph E. Stiglitz, Columbia University

"We train young people in jobs that don’t exist anymore."
Irene Natividad, Global Summit of Women

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GES 2014: Shaping a Free and Fair World Trade Order

September 07, 2014

Ulrich Schoof from the Global Economic Dynamics Project of the Bertelsmann Foundation introduces the session on Shaping a free and fair world trade order.
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GES 2014: The Role of Media in Todays World

September 07, 2014

Guido Warlimont of the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW) talks about the role of the media in today’s world.
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Opening Address: GES 2014 Dennis J. Snower

September 06, 2014

The theme of last year’s Global Economic Symposium was “Redefining Success,” away from purely material measures toward sources of sustainable wellbeing. This year’s theme is “Restructuring Economies, Transforming Societies,” which takes last year’s idea to the next stage, since I will argue that sustainable wellbeing requires not just economic restructuring but also social transformation. As the global economy has become increasingly interconnected, humanity’s problems have become increasingly interconnected as well. ...


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GES 2014: Developing economic and societal progress in sync

September 06, 2014

Opening Ceremony - Dennis SnowerWhat new ways are available to avoid growing imbalances in societies? And how can financial systems be stabilised on an international scale? Since Saturday, 700 experts from all over the world are developing proposals in order to resolve questions of this kind at the Global Economic Symposium (GES) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Participants include Nobel laureate in Economics Joseph Stiglitz, EU Commissioner Lazlo Andor, Victor Chu, Chairman and CEO of the First Eastern Investment Group, and Prince Turki AlFaisal, Chairman des King Faisal Centre for Research and Islamic Studies in Saudi Arabia.

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Welcome to the GES 2014!

September 06, 2014

GES in Kuala Lumpur, MalaysiaThe World Seeks Solutions in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia! The GES 2014 takes place from September 6th to 8th! The theme is "Restructuring Economies, Transforming Societies". Take part in a lively exchange about global problem solving! Follow the debates and join the discussion on Twitter #GES2014. Follow us on Facebook and Google+.

 


Better management of aid delivery to failed states needed

September 02, 2014

Repairing Failed StatesAs the fight against ISIS in Iraq and Syria continues, the world needs to rethink its management of aid delivery to failed states in order to prevent the uprise of similar terrorist organizations. Budget support is extremely difficult where skills are lacking and fiduciary risks are high. Donors should establish trust funds co-managed by the state and donors and give management of sector programs such as health, education, and infrastructure to the local government, GES-experts propose. At any rate, institutional development that furthers a fragile state’s ability to discharge the basic tasks is the most important road out of failure and fragility.

Read more about the ISIS in iraq and syria and solutions of this problem

 


GES Speaker 2014: We welcome Ravi Chidambaram

August 31, 2014

Ravi Chidambaram

Ravi Chidambaram, President, TC Capital, Singapore, will join the Global Economic Symposium 2014. He will speak in the Session Investing in Asia - Cyclical or Structural Growth Slowdown?

Ravi Chidambaram is the President and co-­‐founder of TC Capital, a leading Singapore-­‐based independent Asian investment bank specializing in M&A and capital markets transactions for Asian mid-­‐cap and family-­‐owned companies. Previously, Ravi held senior positions in the investment banking divisions of Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank in both Asia and Europe. He holds a BA (Hons) from Duke University and an MBA from Wharton School. He was also a Fulbright Scholar in Economics.

 


WHU students: Global Societal Challenges and Solutions

August 29, 2014

The MSc seminar 'Global Societal Challenges and Solutions' at the WHU is held in close collaboration with us. In this seminar, students analyze global challenges and develop concrete measures of how to address these issues.The seminar aims at sensitizing students for problems in order to make their own contributions to global problem solving. At the same time, the seminar allows us to integrate more members of the younger generation into global problem solving activities. In the academic year 2013/14 students developed own ideas to address the following global societal challenges.



GES Speaker 2014: We welcome Jayanthi Naidu Desan

August 27, 2014

We welcome: Jayanthi Naidu Desan

Jayanthi Naidu Desan, Managing Director, Synergio, Malaysia, will join the Global Economic Symposium 2014. She will speak in the Session Adventures in Waste and Recycling – Creating Value.

Jayanthi Naidu Desan is the founder and Managing Director of Synergio, one of Malaysia’s leading sustainability strategy consultancies. She has wide experience in the area of governance and sustainability and has worked extensively with governmental agencies, corporations and non- profit organisations in Malaysia. She is published in the area and is regularly invited to conferences both domestically and internationally.

 


German "Digital Agenda":
Ensure adequate protection of organized cyber crime

August 26, 2014

German Digital Agenda

Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet has approved Germany's first "Digital Agenda", including plans to expand internet security. There needs to be a better relationship between individual and law enforcement to ensure adequate protection and detection of organized cyber crime, GES-experts suggest.

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Crisis in Iraq: Better governance of transnational challenges needed

August 24, 2014

Crisis in Iraq: Better governance of transnational challenges needed

More arms and aid are being sent to Iraq, in a growing international push to tackle jihadist militants and help those who have fled their advance. The reason why this joint reaction of the West has taken so long is that the management of systemic global risks and the protection of the global commons is poor, GES-experts say. A better governance of transnational challenges is needed.

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GES Speaker 2014: We welcome Dato’ Sri Abdul Wahid Omar

August 22, 2014

Abdul Wahid Omar

Dato’ Sri Abdul Wahid Omar, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Malaysia, will join the Global Economic Symposium 2014. He will speak in the Opening Plenary.

Dato’ Sri Abdul Wahid Omar, aged 50, was appointed as a Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in charge of Economic Planning on 5th June 2013. He oversees a number of government agencies such as Economic Planning Unit, Public-Private partnership Unit (UKAS), Department of Statistics, Ekuiti Nasional Berhad (EKUINAS), Talent Corporation (TALENCORP), TERAJU and Yayasan Pendidikan Peneraju Bumiputera. Prior to his cabinet appointment, Dato’ Sri Abdul Wahid was formerly the President and CEO of Maybank, Malaysia’s largest banking group and the fourth largest in Southeast Asia, from May 2008.

 


See how GES solutions can be implemented:
IOU option as an alternative to crop insurance

 

August 20, 2014

IOU option as an alternative to crop insurance

The India Development Foundation (IDF) in collaboration with the Price Stabilization Fund Trust (PSFT) set up by the Government of India is going to launch a pilot project over five years to test the IOU option.
The IOU option was developed to provide financial relief to the farmers as an alternative to crop insurance. The scheme is targeted at the plantation farmer who is vulnerable to price shocks in addition to other factors affecting his output.

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Solutions on "Innovation, Dynamism and Entrepreneurship"

August 18, 2014

Innovation Dynamism and Entrepreneurship Check out our solutions on "Innovation, Dynamism and Entrepreneurship" generated by the GES 2013 in Kiel.

- Tackle youth unemployment and promote youth entrepreneurship.
- Recognize the key role that activist governments can and do play in encouraging innovation.
- Recognize that innovation is typically disruptive, often emerging from trial and error...
- Provide access to financial literacy so everyone has the opportunity to be an entrepreneur.

 


GES Speaker 2014: We welcome Duncan Campbell

August 16, 2014

Duncan Campbell

Duncan Campbell, Director for Policy Planning in Employment, International Labour Office, Switzerland, will join the Global Economic Symposium 2014. He will speak in the Session The Future of Jobs.

Duncan Campbell is Director for Policy Planning in Employment at the International Labour Office and a Fellow of the Institute for the Study of Labour, IZA. He joined the ILO in 1990 from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where he had been a member of the Management Department faculty and Associate Director of the Center for Human Resources.

He is a citizen of the USA, has an A.B. from Bowdoin College, an M.A., M.B.A., and a PhD (with distinction) from the Applied Economics Graduate Group, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

 


See how GES solutions can be implemented:
UNESCO IHE Institute for Water Education

 

August 14, 2014

UNESCO IHE Institute for Water Education

The UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education was established in 2003. It carries out research, education and capacity building activities in the fields of water, environment and infrastructure. UNESCO-IHE continues the work that began in 1957 when IHE first offered a postgraduate diploma course in hydraulic engineering to practicing professionals from developing countries.

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GES Speaker 2014: We welcome Andrew Sheng

August 12, 2014

Andrew Sheng

Andrew Sheng, Board Member, Khazanah National Berhad, Malaysia, will join the Global Economic Symposium 2014. He will speak in the Session The New Global Financial Architecture.

Andrew Sheng is well known in global financial circles as a former central banker and financial regulator in Asia and a commentator on global finance. As the Institute’s President, heis responsible for its operations and, with the support and advice of the Academic Council, for driving its research agenda and thought leadership.

In April 2013, Andrew Sheng was named by TIME magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

 


GES Presents: “Revolution of the Present”

August 12, 2014

Watch the Film

GES is proud to present Revolution of the Present, a feature-length documentary featuring interviews with thought leaders designed to give meaning to our present and precarious condition. The film prompts us to us re-think our presumptions and narratives about the individual and society, the local and global, our politics and technology. Revolution of the Present is an invitation to join the conversation and help contribute to our collective understanding.

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See how GES solutions can be implemented:
Earth Island Institute’s International Monitoring Program
for Dolphin Safe Tuna (IMP)

 

 

August 11, 2014

Earth Island Institute’s International Monitoring Program for Dolphin Safe Tuna (IMP)

Earth Island's unique International Monitoring Program maintains twelve staff members in seven countries around the world, who regularly inspect tuna in canneries, at dockside, and aboard fishing vessels in order to insure consumers that the tuna they buy is truly “dolphin safe“. Earth Island’s monitoring program is one of the largest and most successful environmental monitoring programs in the world, encompassing more than 450 tuna companies, brokers, fishermen, and retail outlets in more than 65 countries.

Learn more about the Challenge, the Solution and the Implementation.

 


Drought in California: Better education about water conservation needed

August 09, 2014

Tackling the Tragedy of the Water Commons

California faces a historic drought with an incredible three-year duration, which has nearly depleted both the state’s topsoil moisture and subsoil moisture reserves. GES-experts propose to strengthen efforts to educate people about water conservation. This should start at early ages, since research shows that this is most effective.

Read more about water conservation and drought

 


GES Speaker 2014: We welcome Thomas Mirow

August 07, 2014

Thomas Mirow

Thomas Mirow, Chairperson of the Supervisory Board, HSH Nordbank, Germany, will join the Global Economic Symposium 2014. He will speak in the Session Dealing with Rising Inequalities .

Thomas Mirow works currently as a Senior Adviser to several companies, among them Rothschild & Cie., and holds a number of board seats, notably chairing the Supervisory Board of HSH Nordbank AG. He is a “Fellow at Large” of the Kiel Institute for World Economy and a “Senior Fellow” at the Berlin Hertie School of Governance.

Thomas Mirow started his career as an assistant and then chief of staff to former Chancellor Willy Brandt, Chairman of the German Social Democratic Party (SPD). Born (06.01.1953) and raised in Paris and later in Bonn, he holds a degree in Political Sciences (Dr. Phil) of the Bonn University.

 


GES-experts: Comprehensive peace between Israel
and all Arab states inevitable

August 06, 2014

Responding to the challenge of global terrorism

Israel has begun to withdraw its ground forces from Gaza, there is hope for peace in Gaza. For a comprehensive peace between Israel and all Arab states, both sides must be ready for compromises, GES-experts say. Peace is premised on the birth of a politically and economically viable Palestinian state, restoration of the Golan Heights to Syria, recognition by all parties of Lebanon’s independence and territorial integrity, and diplomatic recognition of the State of Israel by all Arab states in accordance with the Saudi Arabian proposal approved by the Arab League.

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GES-experts: The world must prepare for environmental refugees

August 05, 2014

Preparing for Environmental Migration

A family claiming refugee status because of rising sea levels around their Pacific island home have won an appeal to stay in New Zealand. The case of a family coming to New Zealand from Tuvalu in 2007 is thought to be the first time climate change has been successfully used in an immigration case. For people in areas where human survival is becoming infeasible due to environmental degradation, a legal status of "environemental refugee", broadly similar to the status of refugee from persecution, should be defined, GES-experts say. Provisions for international support for these refugees and for their resettlement should take into account that, while persecution may end due to a change in the political regime, environmental degradation is mostly permanent. Therefore, environmental refugees should bequickly be resettled permanently.

Read more about environmental migration national policies to mitigate environmental degradation

 


See how GES solutions can be implemented:
Kilimo Salama

 

August 03, 2014

Kilimo Salama

Kilimo Salama ("Safe Agriculture") is an insurance designed for maize and wheat farmers so they may insure their farm inputs against drought and excess rain. Kilimo Salama is a product launched under the Agricultural Index Insurance Initiative, a partnership between UAP Insurance and the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture (SFSA).

The product is furthermore implemented in partnership with the agribusinesses MEA Limited and Syngenta East Africa Limited, the telecommunications company Safaricom, the Kenya Meteorological Department, and the NGO CNFA/AGMARK. The project offers farmers who plant on as little as one acre insurance policies to shield them from significant financial losses when drought or excess rain are expected to wreak havoc on their harvests. Reflecting Kenyan farmers’ cash flow, where farmers invest in their farm as they plant, farmers can insure as little as 1 kg of maize seed or fertilizer.

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GES Speaker 2014: We welcome Jörg Dräger

July 29, 2014

Jörg Dräger

Jörg Dräger, Member of the Board, Bertelsmann Foundation, Germany, will join the Global Economic Symposium 2014. He will speak in the Session Creating Virtuous Talent Triangles for Labor Migrants: An Asian Perspective

Born in 1968, Jörg Dräger studied physics and business administration at the University of Hamburg before transferring to Cornell University in New York State, where he received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in theoretical physics. During his time in Cornell (1991-1996), he served as an academic assistant while completing his studies and doctoral thesis.

Since July 1, 2008, he has been a member of the Bertelsmann Stiftung Executive Board where he is responsible for the program areas of education, integration and democracy. He also serves as Executive Director of the CHE Centre for Higher Education. In January 2012, Dräger has also been appointed Adjunct Professor for Public Management at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin.


GES Speaker 2014: We welcome Mehmet Şimşek

July 24, 2014

GES Speaker: Mehmet Şimşek

Mehmet Şimşek, Minister of Finance of the Republic of Turkey, will join the Global Economic Symposium 2014. He will speak in the Session The Potential of Macroeconomic Surveillance.

He was appointed as the Minister of Finance in May 2009, after having served as the Minister of Economy for about two years.Minister Şimşek formulated the fiscal policy that helped Turkey recover strongly from the global financial crisis. He has also undertaken far reaching reforms founding the Tax Audit Board, simplifying tax regulations, enhancing taxpayers’ rights and reducing the shadow economy.

Minister Şimşek has been awarded "Finance Minister of the Year for Emerging Europe 2013" by Emerging Markets Magazine and also has been nominated as one of the 500 most powerful people on the planet by Foreign Policy in 2013.

 


GES-experts: Minimum wage does not lead to more fairness

July 03, 2014

Creating Employment

The German parliament has approved the country's first minimum wage, in a vote in the Bundestag on Thursday. The wage will be set at 8.50 euros per hour, which is higher than the equivalent in the US and UK. According to GES-experts, a minimum wage will not lead to more fairness in the labor market. Instead, rising unemployment rates especially of unskilled workers will be the consequence. In order to reduce unemployment and to keep it low, policies should not get in the way of the on-going dynamic adjustment in the labor market, which is a response to the economic development.

Read more about why this decision will be result in an increase in the unemployment rates of unskilled workers

 


GES-experts: Protect the victims of human trafficking

June 26, 2014

Stopping Human Trafficking

More than 51 million people have been displaced by violence around the world, according to the head of the United Nations refugee agency. Refugees and asylum seekers are especially vulnerable to human trafficking, which has become the fastest growing source of income for organized crime. For GES-experts, seeking to protect the victims is an important requirement for combating human trafficking. Governments, Churches and NGOs have to work together to make real change globally.

Read more about human trafficking and how to stop it

 


How GES-experts want to tackle youth unemployment

June 25, 2014

Tackling Youth Unemployment

The high rate of youth unemployment remains one of the greatest problems in the European Union. According to Eurostat, 18.8% of young Europeans are unemployed. In many regions in Spain, Greece, Italy and Portugal, the youth unemployment rates are at levels of 50% or even higher. GES-experts suggest to address unemployment among educated young people with compulsory on-the-job training and placement schemes and among uneducated young people with vocational training.

Read more about the problem of youth unemployment and possibilites to solve it

 


GES-experts: Minimum wage will cause unemployment

June 17, 2014

Creating Employment

Despite the landmark decision of the governing Grand Coalition in Germany to introduce an overall statutory minimum wage of €8.50 from 2017 onwards, the coalition parties are still in conflict on that topic. GES-experts expect that one consequence of an overall statutory minimum wage will be higher unemployment rates of unskilled workers. To reduce unemployment and keep it low, it is important that policies do not get in the way of the on-going dynamic adjustment in the labor market in response to general developments in an economy.

Read more about the problem of minimum wages in germany

 


Why Brazilians protest against the World Cup

June 16, 2014

Protest in Rio

In the last years, Brazil was often seen as a role model. But at the beginning of the soccer World Cup, and in the months before, the streets have filled with angry demonstrators. What went wrong in Brazil? Read our Blog-Post and get involved!

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Please note: this blog article reflects the author's opinion only.

 


GES-experts: Initiate regional security regime to stabilize Iraq

June 13, 2014

Dealing with Terrorism

Despite massive counter-terrorist activities, city after city in northern Iraq falls to deadly Islamist extremist militias pressing onward to Baghdad. According to GES-experts, the Quartet responsible for the Middle East peace process, comprising the US, the EU, Russia and the United Nations, should prompt the states of the region to initiate a regional security regime, incorporating all the states of the Gulf and the Levant in order to stabilize the situation in Iraq.

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See how GES solutions can be implemented:

CARE Water and Sanitation in Zimbabwe

June 10, 2014

CARE Water and Sanitation in Zimbabwe

The strategic goal of CARE's Water and Sanitation program is to enhance poor communities through equitable access, efficient use and sustainable management of limited and dwindling water resources. CARE also places emphasis on women in all its water work because impoverished women are disproportionately excluded from decisions regarding water's allocation and management. CARE provides women with equal decision-making power by including them in discussions on water and sanitation on the local, municipal and state levels.

Learn more about the Challenge, the Solution and the Implementation.

 


See how GES solutions can be implemented:

Earth Island Institute’s International Monitoring Program
for Dolphin Safe Tuna (IMP)

June 03, 2014

Earth Island Institute’s International Monitoring Program for Dolphin Safe Tuna (IMP)

Earth Island's unique International Monitoring Program maintains twelve staff members in seven countries around the world, who regularly inspect tuna in canneries, at dockside, and aboard fishing vessels in order to insure consumers that the tuna they buy is truly “dolphin safe“. Earth Island’s monitoring program is one of the largest and most successful environmental monitoring programs in the world, encompassing more than 450 tuna companies, brokers, fishermen, and retail outlets in more than 65 countries.

Learn more about the Challenge, the Solution and the Implementation.

 


Solutions on "Towards Sustainable Consumption"

May 27, 2014

Towards Sustainable Consumption Check out our solutions on "Towards Sustainable Consumption" generated by the GES 2013 in Kiel.

- Reduce the total amount of consumption.
- Raise awareness of the environmental and social impacts of consumption.
- Provide a regulatory environment for technological innovation.
- Ensure that prices reflect the real costs of consumption by rethinking regulation.

 



New German retirement policy points in wrong direction

May 20, 2014

Financing Old AgeIn a move that goes against the grain of recent changes in retirement policy, the German government approved a deal that would allow some German workers to retire with full benefits at age 63. The new policy is expected to be formally voted into law on Friday. For GES-experts, this deal points in the wrong direction. In times of demographic change, working lives need to be longer. For that purpose, the mandatory retirement age should be abolished and retirees should be allowed to work while drawing benefits.

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Strong Euro shows success of structural reforms

May 15, 2014

Redesigning Fiscal Consolidation and Debt ManagementMany politicians are worried about the strong Euro. But for GES-experts, it is a sign of the success of the structural reforms in countries such as Greece, Portugal, Ireland and Spain. Radical fiscal consolidation should continue to focus on public spending cuts and also include further steps to improve competitiveness.

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GES-experts: Abolish the mandatory retirement age

April 24, 2014

Financing Old AgeDebates have arised about the future of the public pension system. Economists suggest to raise the retirement age to 70. GES-experts support the idea of lengthening working lives: Mandatory retirement age needs to be abolished and retirees should be allowed to work while drawing benefits.

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GES-experts: Long-term investors should help finance public infrastructure

April 23, 2014

Mobilizing Global Capital for Emerging Infrastructure NeedsMany German politicians are in favor of an autobahn car toll to help pay for highway repairs. For GES-experts this idea is a step in the right direction. Long-term investors should be taken into account to finance public infrastructure.

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GES: Increase of regional conflicts illustrates global leadership vacuum

April 16, 2014

Geopolitics and the Provision of Global Public GoodsAs the tensions between Russia and the Ukraine continues, it becomes more and more clear that the world is lacking global leadership. America’s vacillating policy toward Syria has already shown that the United States have not only become reluctant to use its military might, even when “red lines” are crossed, but also seem to be unwilling to bear any serious burden to maintain its global leadership position. Only a partnership between the United States and China can lead to a more stable world, GES-experts say.

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EU’s Data Retention Directive is invalid

April 14, 2014

Cybercrime, Cybersecurity and the Future of the InternetThe European Court of Justice declared the EU's Data Retention Directive invalid, declaring that the mass collection of Internet data in Europe entailed a “wide-ranging and particularly serious interference with the fundamental rights to respect for private life and to the protection of personal data.” For GES-experts, this decision underlines the importance of data protection. It is an increasingly important concern for the average personal technology user, many of whom have little understanding of the issues and even less knowledge of the technical solutions.

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International Sustainability and Carbon Certification:
ISCC certified biomass and bioenergy

April 13, 2014

International Sustainability and Carbon Certification

The demand for biomass is growing. Biomass is already one of the most important sources for renewable energy and as an essential alternative to fossil fuels crucial for a climate friendly energy supply. But at the same time public attention focuses more and more on the possible negative impacts of this growing use of biomass for environment and climate.

Learn more about the Challenge, the Solution and the Implementation.

 


Greece plans return to financial markets

April 04, 2014

The Future of Central BankingThe European Central Bank keeps its main interest rate at a level of 0.25 percent and is ready to print money if the rate of inflation remains too low. For GES-experts, delivering price stability must remain the ECB’s primary goal. A policy of extremely low interest rates should remain a temporary measure.

Read More about why delivering price stability must remain central banks primary goal. ges experts global economic symposium.



Greece plans return to financial markets

April 03, 2014

GES: Italy needs to improve its international competitivenessGreece has put the worst of a debt crisis behind it and is considering issuing new debt within three months, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras told Reuters on Wednesday. For GES-experts, this is a first sign of success of the radical fiscal consolidation. The efforts to improve competitiveness should be continued.

Read More about why radical fiscal consolidation should focus mainly on public spending cuts and also include steps to improve competitiveness.

 


Solutions on "Innovation, Dynamism and Entrepreneurship"

April 02, 2014

Innovation Dynamism and Entrepreneurship Check out our solutions on "Innovation, Dynamism and Entrepreneurship" generated by the GES 2013 in Kiel.

- Tackle youth unemployment and promote youth entrepreneurship.
- Recognize the key role that activist governments can and do play in encouraging innovation.
- Recognize that innovation is typically disruptive, often emerging from trial and error..
- Provide access to financial literacy so everyone has the opportunity to be an entrepreneur.

 


See how GES solutions can be implemented: BioCycling GmbH

March 29, 2014

BioCycling GmbHSince 2006, it is forbidden in the European Union to process leftovers from restaurants, hospitals, canteens and food distribution chains to animal feed. BioCycling, an enterprise owned by Veolia Environment, ensures the disposal and recycling of organic waste for the production of biogas, biodiesel and fertilizers.

Learn more about the Challenge, the Solution and the Implementation.

 

 


Solutions on
"Empowering Workforce: 4–Generations Demography Management"

 

March 24, 2014

Empowering Workforce: 4–Generations Demography Management Check out our solutions on "Empowering Workforce: 4–Generations Demography Management" generated by the GES 2013 in Kiel.

- Tackle the scandal of high levels of youth unemployment in Europe .
- Companies should adopt a less mechanical and more organic approach...
- Lifelong learning should be at the heart of corporate culture.

 


Interview with Daniel Gonzales Rivera at the GES 2013

March 20, 2014

Daniel Gonzales Rivera Check out our Interview with Daniel Gonzales Rivera, Program Director, Avina, Columbia.
He was interviewed by LGTVP i CATS (Impact Catalysts) Fellow, LGT Venture Philanthropy, Switzerland at the GES 2013.

Watch on Youtube!

 

 

 


Solutions on "The Future of Economics Teaching"

March 17, 2014

The Future of Economics Teaching Check out our solutions on "The Future of Economics Teaching" generated by the GES 2013 in Kiel.

- Introduce new material to economics courses, including behavioural approaches.
- Increase the relevance of basic economics courses.
- Improve teaching methods to engage students of economics more effectively.

 


Hoeness tax trial: Improve information exchange to avoid tax fraud

March 13, 2014

Hoeness In his tax trial, Bayern Munich’s president Uli Hoeness has been sentenced to 3.5 term in prison because of dodging taxes. For GES-experts, the trial shows that all EU member states need to improve mutual information exchange and increase their cooperation to avoid tax evasion and tax fraud. With increasingly mobile tax bases, tax competition can undermine the ability of a tax system to be used to tackle the adjustment costs arising from globalisation.

Read more about "Globalisation and Europe's social model: Challenges and policy responses"

 


Interview with Ted Fishman at the GES 2013

March 10, 2014

Ted FishmanCheck out our Interview with Ted Fishman, Writer, China, INC. (Scribner), New York Times Magazine, USA Today, INC Magazine.
He was interviewed by Pan Pan, LGTVP iCats (Impact Catalysts) Fellow, LGT Venture Philanthropy, Switzerland at the GES 2013 in Kiel.

Watch on Youtube!

 


Solutions on "Towards a Sustainable Energy Mix:
Renewable Energies and Fracking"

 

February 27, 2014

Towards a Sustainable Energy Mix - Renewable Energies and Fracking Check out our solutions on "Towards a Sustainable Energy Mix - Renewable Energies and Fracking" generated by the GES 2013 in Kiel.

- Establish consistency of energy systems.
- Wake up the energy efficiency giant.
- Diversify the use of different energy sources.

 


Interview with Barbara Unmüßig at the GES 2013

February 24, 2014

Barbara UnmüßigCheck out our Interview with Barbara Unmüßig, President of the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung. She was interviewed by Tenke Zoltani, Founder of Better Finance at the GES 2013.

Watch on Youtube!

 

 

 


Solutions on "Inequality and Human Capital"

February 20, 2014

Inequality and Human Capital Check out our solutions on "Inequality and Human Capital" generated by the GES 2013 in Kiel.

- Recognize that the best educational investments are in pre-school and early years education
- Create school communities where hard work and achievement are socially rewarded
- Give children the promise of higher education and a community to support them on their road to college

 


GES: Italy needs to improve its international competitiveness

February 17, 2014

GES: Italy needs to improve its international competitivenessItaly’s Prime Minister Enrico Letta announced his resignation after a revolt in his own Democratic Party. Despite the political chaos resulting from this government crisis, Italy needs to continue its efforts to ensure its international competitiveness, GES-experts say.

Cuts in government spending and tax increases are necessary for fiscal consolidation. The resulting negative demand effect can be offset by labor market reforms and a strengthening of government efficiency.

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GES-experts: The U.S. need a credible fiscal rule

February 13, 2014

GES-experts: The U.S. need a credible fiscal ruleThe U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill approving a year-long suspension of the nation’s debt limit. But in order to avoid endless debates about the debt ceiling, the United States should impose a credible fiscal rule, which guarantees the long-term sustainability of government debt.

Read More about why fiscal sustainability requires permanent national fiscal rules and a temporary eurozone fiscal relief mechanism

 


Swiss immigration referendum: A step in the wrong direction

February 11, 2014

Designing Immigration PolicyThe immigration referendum in Switzerland calling for new immigration quotas is a step in the wrong direction. Nowadays, immigration policies for high-skilled immigrants should be much more open than they are now, GES-experts say. The success of hot spots of the knowledge economy such as Silicon Valley or the City of London relies heavily on high-skilled immigration and illustrates that high-skilledimmigration can create jobs for natives and have a positive impact on public finances.

Read More about the solution on designing immigration policy generated at the global economic symposium Make immigration policies for high-skilled immigrants much more open, such as by introducing a “blue card” for immigrants to the EU. Don´t allow concerns about a possible brain drain to stop the opening of labor markets for high-skilled immigrants.

 


Turkey restricts internet freedom - GES-experts:
Develop internet constitution

 

February 07, 2014

Turkey restricts internet freedom - GES experts: Develop internet constitutionTurkey’s parliament has approved Internet controls enabling web pages to be blocked within hours. Telecommunications authorities can block access to material within four hours without a prior court order. GES-experts criticize the new law and suggest to develop an international “Internet constitution” to take account of the interests of all stakeholders and guarantee essential freedoms. This constitution should be equipped with new instruments and institutions of governance allowing for decentralized decision-making and collective action.

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Warning of terrorism in Sochi - GES-experts:
Improve counterterrorism structures

 

February 06, 2014

Warning of terrorism in Sochi – GES-experts Improve counterterrorism structuresThe U.S. Department of Homeland Security warned that terrorists may try to smuggle explosives on Russia-bound planes using toothpaste tubes. The warning came hours before competition began at the Winter Olympics in the Russian Black Sea resort town of Sochi. For GES-experts, fighting terrorism more effectively requires better international intelligence and better counterterrorism structures, based on uniform concepts and definitions and complementary procedures.

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Symposium 2013 Collection: Future Challenges Reader

February 05, 2014

Future Challenges Reader - GES 2013The Future Challenges joined the GES discussions. They interviewed senior decision-makers and challenged established views with their thoughtful questions. Moreover, the bloggers opened up the conference to an online audience by posting blogs and tweeting about the GES’ substance and tone. This Future Challenges GES Reader is a collection of the best blogposts that were published during the Global Economic Symposium!

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Solutions on "The Future of the Arab World"

February 03, 2014

The Future of the Arab World Check out our solutions on "The Future of the Arab World" generated by the GES 2013 in Kiel.

- Create 'national dialogue tables' between opposing religious and political factions...
- Create a regional structural adjustment fund...
- Improve the entrepreneurial ecosystem...
- Use appropriate passages of the Koran to inculcate personal responsibility and initiative...

 


Top Think Tanks in the World

January 31, 2014

Top International Economic Policy Think Tanks 2013It is critical to know where to turn for emerging global trends and policy proposals that address complex policy issues. The 2013 Global Go To Think Tank Index (GGTTI) shows a ranking of the world’s preeminent think tanks. This index is designed to bridge the gap between knowledge and policy.

In 2013, the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW) has made it again into the top league of international think tanks for global economic questions. IfW made place 6 in the "Top International Economic Policy Think Tanks" ranking of the University of Pennsylvania. Therefore, the Kiel Institute has been among the top 10 in this ranking since 2009.

"Top International Economic Policy Think Tanks" ranking of the University of Pennsylvania.

 


Interview with Chandran Nair

January 27, 2014

Check out our Interview with Chandran Nair, Founder and CEO of the Global Institute for Tomorrow. He was interviewed by Christopher Pruijsen, Advisory Board Member of Kairos Society at the GES 2013.

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Solutions on "Designing a Stable Euroland: The Corporate Perspective"

January 23, 2014

Designing a Stable Euroland: The Corporate Perspective Check out our solutions on "Designing a Stable Euroland: The Corporate Perspective" generated by the GES 2013 in Kiel.

- Improve eurozone competiveness and productivity.
- Let market forces work in the eurozone.
- Clean up and stabilize the European banking sector.
- Strengthen common political institutions in the eurozone .

 


Interview with Thierry Philipponnat

January 16, 2014

Check out our Interview with Thierry Philipponnat, Secretary General of Finance Watch. He was interviewed by Jonas Borchgrevink, Deputy Head of Partnership for Change at the GES 2013.

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Solutions on "Holistic Approaches to Solve the Euro Crisis"

January 13, 2014

Holistic Approaches to Solve the Euro Crisis Check out our solutions on "Holistic Approaches to Solve the Euro Crisis" generated by the GES 2013 in Kiel.

- Fiscal sustainability requires permanent national fiscal rules and...
- Establish a truly integrated eurozone-wide banking market by...
- Bank resolution in Europe should involve systematic bail-ins via...
- Implement comprehensive structural labor and product market reforms to...

 


 

GES-experts: Minimum wage causes rising unemployment

January 8, 2014

Creating EmploymentFrom 2017 onwards, there will be an overall statutory minimum wage of €8.50 in Germany. One consequence of this landmark decision of the governing Grand Coalition will be an increase in the unemployment rates of unskilled workers, GES-experts expect. To reduce unemployment and keep it low, it is important that policies do not get in the way of the on-going dynamic adjustment in the labor market in response to general developments in an economy.

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