Saving the World, One Proposal at a Time

Smoke rises as displaced Iraqis, who just fled their homes, wait to be transported to a refugees camp, while Iraqi forces battle with Islamic State militants, in western Mosul
Can the G20 tell them where to go now? Displaced Iraqis wait to be taken to a refugee camp. Source: Zohra Bensemra/Reuters

Peter Altmaier, who is Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief of staff, was recently handed a special document in Berlin, while hundreds of researchers and experts from the world’s leading think tanks looked on. He obtained the document, entitled “20 Solution Proposals for the G20,” last May at the end of a two-day summit of the Think 20. Dubbed T20 for short, this group of leading research institutes and think tanks makes policy recommendations for decision-makers – including those at this weekend’s summit in Hamburg.

The T20 in Berlin was attended by institutes like the London School of Economics, Chatham House, Harvard University, the World Economic Forum, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation and the Munk School of Global Affairs, among others. And the document Mr. Altmaier recieved contained 20 detailed policy briefs. The experts’ suggestions are sensible, addressing everything from climate change and the challenges of digitalization to the refugee crisis. It makes for hopeful reading.

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