Global Solutions Conference

Global Challenges Center


Global Solutions Summit

Every year end of May, the high-level GLOBAL SOLUTIONS Summit takes place in Berlin with the aim of presenting and discussing solutions for urgent global problems. The policy recommendations are addressed primarily to decision-makers in the G20, G7 and other international organizations. The more than 1000 participants include international decision-makers from politics, business, science and civil society. Also young people who are actively involved in solving international problems are part of this community.

GLOBAL SOLUTIONS was held for the first time on 29/30 May 2017 in Berlin as the official closing event of the German Think 20 Dialogue (T20). There, policy recommendations were developed for the decision-makers of the G20, which addressed aspects of the German G20 presidency such as the digital economy, climate policy, finance or migration and refugees. 

Global Solution Summits

Summit 2018

On 28/29 May 2018 in Berlin, the Global Solutions Summit has brought together leading think tanks from around the world, global policy-makers, business leaders and constructive NGOs with only one aim: to find solutions for global challenges.

Dennis J. Snower, President of the Global Solutions Initiative and of the Kiel Institute for the World Economy, presented German Chancellor Angela Merkel with the first issue of a new journal. The Global Solutions Initiative hopes it will become a public arena for exchanging views on how to tackle the problems that cross national, social and political boundaries, a stage for global citizenship.

Global Solutions Journal - Recoupling - 1/2018

Global Solutions Journal - Recoupling - 2/2018

Global Economic Symposium

Global Economic Symposium 2014 in Kuala Lumpur

The Global Economic Symposium (GES) is an initiative launched in 2008 by the Kiel Institute. It has established significant international reputation as a research-centered, solution-oriented high-level conference and has attracted Nobel Laureates, Heads of State, Ministers, CEOs of major multinational companies, heads of international organizations, leading representatives of civil society institutions, and many other major decision makers and thought leaders in the past years.

The GES community thus comprises an innovative group of leaders from many nations, cultures and professions.
The GES hosts a number of conferences and workshops throughout the year.

For more information and a repository of solutions, please visit the GES Website:

Past Event

Think 20 Dialogue

Dennis Snower (left) and Dirk Messner (right) hand over the brochure "20 Solutions for G20" to Peter Altmaier.

Dennis Snower (left) and Dirk Messner (right) hand over "20 Solutions for G20" to Peter Altmaier.

In 2016, the Kiel Institute was mandated by the Federal Chancellery to chair the Think 20, the G20 engagement group of think tanks (jointly with the German Development Institute, DIE, Bonn). Under leadership of the Kiel Institute and the DIE, the T20 process has been restructured and has been organized around working groups, producing Policy Briefs focused on policy themes that are on the G20 agenda. In addition, the work was published on the web platform and was made available to the German government.

The following task forces have been established

  • 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
  • G20 and Africa
  • Circular Economy
  • Climate Policy and Finance
  • Financial Resilience
  • Forced Migration
  • Global Inequality and Social Cohesion
  • International Cooperation in Tax Matters
  • Resilience and Inclusive Growth
  • The Digital Economy
  • Toward Ending Hunger and Sustainable Agriculture
  • Trade and Investment

The Kiel Institute acted as chair in “Forced Migration” and “The Digital Economy”. Kiel researchers contributed to various other task forces.