05 Oct

The Global Economic Symposium (GES) is an international event staged annually by the Kiel Institute for the World Economy, under the leadership of the president of the Institute, Professor Dennis Snower. Previous sessions of the GES have already brought together renowned officials and personalities from the political, economic and social world in countries such as Germany and Turkey.
The main objective of the Global Economic Symposium (GES) is to promote international and cooperative meetings to analyze the major socio-economic problems that the world is facing, and also elicit the creation of shared visions about the future and formulate innovative strategies that help to resolve them. The GES therefore seeks to become a catalyst for change.
The thematic focus of the GES this year will be further debates on the "Reinvention of global citizenship in a multi-polar world," including the current problems experienced by several countries. These include problems ranging from economic crises to climate change and energy security, and shortages of food and water. Other sundry issues such as financing several countries that suffer from the phenomenon of population aging, deficits in education in developing countries, terrorism or decadence of the State, also clearly show that national policies are not sufficient to deal with all these conflicts that transcend geographical boundaries and are common to many nations.
The GES 2011 event was held in the city of Kiel (Schleswig-Holstein, Germany) and brought together 400 opinion-formers who are leaders in politics, business, finance, academia and civil society. The organization also opened a strategic space, in all the discussions organized by FGV, to showcase Brazil and show how this country has been progressing and playing an extremely important role in solving global problems.
The role of the FGV Foundation in the GES has gained in importance since 2010, when FGV was invited to participate in the organization of panels and discussion sessions bringing together leaders from the academic, governmental and corporate world with international renown in the topics covered. In 2010, FGV organized sessions on energy and education, and this year it has been invited to organize lectures and discussions scheduled in the program.