Welcome to the GES 2015
by Dennis Görlich, Managing Director of the Global Economic Symposium
The summer is slowly arriving to the German Baltic Sea city of Kiel, and so is the Global Economic Symposium 2015. In only six months time, some of the world’s leading decision-makers from academics, business, politics, and civil society will be in town to jointly address the globe’s most pressing challenges, such as the fragility of the world economy, unsustainable resource use, or irregular migration. Their goal will be to find solutions. Together.
The world community needs to deal with many problems, which are global by nature. The fragility of the world economy cannot be tackled by national policies alone. Nor can irregular migration be managed by national policies alone. Only a global dialogue and global cooperation can solve such issues and put our everyday life and future on a better course. And this is what we work for at the GES: providing an ongoing strategic process, in which the global community generates ideas, develops visions, and instigates feasible projects.
The meeting in October 2015 will be the eighth edition of the GES. Returning to Europe after a short stop in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the GES will – among others – address the challenge of financial regulation and stability. The financial crisis has brought many new problems onto the tables of policy-makers. Interest rates near zero and unconventional monetary policy tools, massive increases in government debt, or the incomplete regulation of financial markets, to mention just a few. The GES will of course take on these challenges and discuss ideas for the future of the Euro zone, effective debt consolidation, financial market regulation, and monetary policy.
Social challenges will form another major building block of the GES 2015 program. With almost 2000 refugees having been rescued by Italy’s coast guard, the dimensions of the current irregular migration flows are obvious. A coherent policy response is urgently needed; a challenge which will be taken on at the GES 2015 and about which we will soon opine in this blog. Moreover, the GES will take a closer look at the post-2015 sustainable development agenda, which will decided upon in a United Nations Summit just prior to the GES. Apart from that, the GES will address the challenge of rising inequality from various perspectives.
In this blog, we will present views and opinions on various topics to be addressed at the GES, both by our speakers and by my esteemed colleagues from the Kiel Institute for the World Economy who are the creative and scientific mind behind many GES sessions. Of course, we will also inform you about the progress towards the GES 2015.
Even though the arriving summer may seducing us: the world urgently needs a dialogue to tackle the major global problems. So become part of our global GES community and let’s find solutions. Together.