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As persistent inequalities, social fragmentation, and political extremism continue to undermine multilateral cohesion, we note that the consequences of the climate emergency are worse than when the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals were adopted. These have been exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic which has exposed the vulnerabilities of many societies, heightened inequalities and driven millions back into poverty and desperation. The pandemic makes clear that we are entering an era of increasing complexity, uncertainty, and fragility in which humankind must urgently transform to arrest the multiplying emergencies before it and chart a path forward.
However the pandemic-triggered crises may be the greatest opportunity in decades to strengthen resilience, elevate the role of science-based policy, leverage frontier technologies for prosperity, and innovate institutions that are fit for purpose. It presents an opportunity to effect transformational change at the speed that science demands and realised through international democratic multilateralism to avoid a descent into tyranny or anarchy.
To help arrest potentially irreversible processes, the Forum with its partner institutes, including the Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South, is convening a series of high-level inter-regional summit meetings: “Partnering for Peace and Prosperity”. With a European - Latin American focus, the first summit in 2021 shall be hosted in Mexico. A European - African summit meeting hosted in Africa has been welcomed by several organisations and distinguished persons.
With a focus on accelerating a just and prosperous transformation, summit themes shall include: global governance in the post-pandemic world; inter-regional trade and investment; environmental sustainability and the green economy; building systemic resilience in the scientific, technological, economic, financial, environmental, political, security and societal domains. The outcomes of the summits shall include among others the establishment of Commissions to assess: (a) the feasibility of a World Sustainable Development Bank; and, (b) the potential of pioneering fintech hubs focusing on the research and development of blockchain technology and digital currency to boost investment in 'green' financial infrastructure.
Information on these and other forthcoming high level meetings shall be available from the Forum's "News" web page or by e-mail inquiry.
To support our role in setting priorities and connecting decision-makers, the Forum mobilizes world-class research capabilities, with a state-of-the art Sustainable Development Research Network (SDRNet). The Forum, through this platform, engages progressive and innovative enterprises, academics, and public officials to create strategic intelligence to help leaders understand and anticipate the forces transforming industries, businesses, global governance and societies. The Forum maps these integrated insights to create a systems analytic tool built on expert knowledge. SDRNet sustains ongoing interactions and conversations through research. Knowledge is curated with the aid of transparent artificial intelligence algorithms. The Forum’s media and public engagement amplifies these efforts by raising awareness and furthering opportunities for dialogue.
However, being hyper-connected and instantly informed does not guarantee the wisdom and insight that is needed to lead in turbulent times.
We are living in a complex and fast changing world with interconnected problems and emergent challenges. In this context, enterprises are undertaking initiatives to understand the scope and scale of these problems, search for resilient solutions and take action that assures their viability. But how do your organisation’s efforts address these challenges and feed into interconnected global systems, or attract wider public attention for more impact?
The Forum offers programmes to integrate and aggregate these efforts. Our institutional role and strategic partnership framework agreements with United Nations agencies and partner organisations helps us channel impact more effectively.
Each programme is directed by public and private-sector leaders who provide insight into key drivers and interconnections between particular issues. Each programme is supported by leading experts from our Global Future Councils.
To ensure sustained progress, initiatives and projects are defined in one of three ways: fully Forum developed and resourced; jointly developed and resourced by a consortium of stakeholders; and fully led and resourced by third-party “champions,” yet always contributing to the common vision. The Programme approach was designed to foster closer global cooperation, supporting international organisations that advance progress in specific areas, while embedded into our global efforts.
Complementary to and in conjunction with its public discussions, symposia and conferences, the Forum shall provide public service programmes without charge to the general public as well as continuing and executive education programs on matters pertaining to sustainable development. The Forum's continuing and executive education programs shall offer scientifically-informed actionable insight into innovative, relevant ways to address the convergent global megatrends that impact the private and public sectors such as climate change, energy transition, sustainability, etc. The Forum shall help leaders and decision-makers build the leadership capacity and skills to identify systemic risks and opportunities, formulate effective responses and inspire them to take action to lead transformational change.
Leveraging the convening power of the Forum, we shall:
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