The Global Solutions Summit 2021
The Global Solutions Summit 2021, May 27-28, 2021 in Berlin, Germany brought together global leaders, policy makers, and opinion leaders to share their thoughts on major global issues. Prof. Munir, Chairman, IPAG and G20 Co-chair of Task Force on Digital Transformation spoke on how to bridge the Digital Divide in the Digital Age.
Policy Briefs for the G20 Leadership Summit 2021
IPAG is a member of the Council for Global Problem Solving (CGP), based in Berlin, Germany, which an exclusive consortium of world-class think tanks and research institutions. It is the intellectual core of the Global Solutions Initiative which makes policy recommendations to the G20, G7, and other global governance bodies.
For Global Solutions Summit held in Berlin, Germany from May 27-28, 2021 the G20 Summit Journal 2021 has been published in which IPAG has written three policy briefs in collaboration with our peers from UNICEF, European Commission, Asian Development Bank, Mastercard Foundation, Open Society Foundations etc.
1. The gender and children effects of COVID-19: We were joined by the UNICEF and European Commission for this policy brief. It looks into mitigating equity, safety and ethical risks linked to digital transformation which is on the rise during this pandemic and impeding inequality risks. While emphasizing on meaningful, inclusive, and empowering implementation, we have recommended a few important policy measures which include development of required infrastructure, to ensure inclusive and affordable internet connectivity, and adoption of online safety and data privacy measures.
2. Mitigating the digital divide in e-learning: For this, we were joined by The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and The Mastercard Foundation. The policy brief addresses the pre-existing learning crisis and inequities that have been exacerbated by the pandemic, with a focus on policy reform through capacity building.
3. Governance realignment in the Global South: It looks into the policy-centric network governance in regard to COVID-19. The policy brief assesses how networked governance has helped governments in dealing with the pandemic, both nationally and transnationally, and whether there is room for improvement in dealing with a non-political emergency of global proportions. IPAG was joined by The Open Society Foundations and The World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists for this.
For the 2021 G20 Leadership Summit to be held in Italy, IPAG Chairman, Syed Munir Khasru has been nominated as the Co-Chair for the task force on Digital Transformation.
Prof. Khasru speaking at the first virtual meeting of the Task Force on Digital Transformation for the G20 Leadership Summit, 2021 led by Dr. Maria Chiara Carrozza, Former Italian Education Minister
Published Policy Briefs for G20 Leadership Summits (2017-20)
IPAG has published 6 Policy Briefs for the 4 G20 Leadership summits between 2017-20, which are provided below:
1. Displaced Population of Environmental Perils: Challenges of Climate Migrants for The G20 Community
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 2020.
2. Incentivizing the Private Sector to Support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 2020.
3. Multilateralism in Times of Global Pandemic: Lessons Learned and the Way Forward
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 2020.
4. Role of Innovative Policies in Incentivizing Women’s Labor Force Participation – A Response to Trends in Aging Population
Osaka, Japan 2019.
5. Repatriation Challenges faced by Developing First Asylum Countries & the International Response Mechanism
Buenos Aires, Argentina 2018.
6. Reforming the Forced Migration Governance System
Hamburg, Germany, 2017.
IPAG joins Council for Global Problem Solving (CGP)
IPAG has been invited to join the Council for Global Problem-Solving (CGP), based in Germany, which is an exclusive consortium of world-class think tanks and research institutions who provide policy advice to the G20 and associated international organizations.
Among others, CGP
(i) Identifies major transnational problems in economic, political, environmental and societal domains.
(ii) Formulates concrete “solutions proposals” to address these problems.
(iii) Communicates these proposals to potential implementers worldwide and monitors the progress.
IPAG’s Publications in International Media on G20
1. G20 offers Japan a chance to raise its global game
Newspaper: Nikkei Asia
Date Published: January 04, 2019
2. A G20 Refugee Agenda
Newspaper: Project Syndicate
Date Published: July 5, 2017
Participation in G20 Events
Global Solutions for G20: The Think 20 Summit
The Think 20 Summit 2017, held in May, in Berlin, Germany is the concluding conference of the Think 20 Dialogue (T20), which promises to be an excellent opportunity to discuss and develop new solutions to major global problems with leading international decision-makers from think tanks, academia, business, politics, international organizations and civil society. Mr. Syed Munir Khasru, Chairman, IPAG, Avia Nahreen, Senior Research Associate, IPAG and Kazi Mitul Mahmud, Research Associate, IPAG were invited to participate in the summit.
IPAG is a member of the T20 and was inducted in the Task Force on Forced Migration (TFFM), one of the 9 official Task Forces of the T20 which aims to provide innovative and evidence-based policy options for the G20 Leadership. As the Lead Member of one of the Task Forces, IPAG prepared a Policy Brief on ‘Reforming the Forced Migration Governance System”, which is now published in the G20-Insights Platform. During the event, the recommendations from this report was forwarded to G20 leaders for taking forward policies on forced migration.
The “T20 Germany and beyond: Stock-taking and next steps of the Task Force on Forced Migration” held at the sidelines of the T20 Summit brought together TFFM members involved in the elaboration of the T20 Policy Briefs along with other experts. Ms. Kazi Mitul Mahmud briefly presented the policy brief and discussed the recommendations during this session. Several pertinent issues were raised at this meeting regarding the continuity of efforts within the Task Force, deciding on follow-up projects for research & implementation, and possible ways to expand the scope of the G20 briefs.
T20 Task Force on Forced Migration (TFFM) Outreach Event in Jordan
IPAG had been inducted into the T20 task force on migration and joined the T20 Task Force on Forced Migration (TFFM) Outreach Event in Jordan during February 2017. The TFFM Outreach Event combined a one-day conference format, which includes opportunities for collaboration and exchange in smaller settings, with one-day worth of field visits. Participants were leading international think tanks, policy-makers, and practitioners working on forced migration, from Jordan, Turkey, the wider region, and globally, including but not limited to members of the TFFM. TFFM members presented their draft policy briefs for the T20 to kick-start discussions.
Mr. Syed Munir Khasru from IPAG spoke on ‘The Rohingya Situation’ in the session titled, ‘Global Challenges, Local Solutions – Local Challenges, Global Solutions for Education, Skills Development and Labour Market Integration in the Context of Forced Migration’.
9th G20 Summit 2016 T20 Innovation Forum: Towards a Collaborative, Inclusive and Dynamic Global Innovation Environment
The G20 summit held in Hangzhou, China on 4–5 September 2016 and the theme is ‘Towards an Innovative, Invigorated, Interconnected and Inclusive World Economy’. The leading think tanks from G20 and around the world convened in Beijing on July 29-30 to provide policy recommendations for this year’s G20 Summit. The think tank summit is known as T20 (Think Tank 20) which was organized by three leading Chinese think tanks (i) Institute of World Economics and Politics (IWEP), at Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) (ii) Shanghai Institutes for International Studies (SIIS) and (iii) Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies at Renmin University of China (RDCY).
G20 Interfaith Summit Pre-conference
IPAG; Centre for Interfaith & Cultural Dialogue (CICD), Griffith University, Government of Kerala, India and Ma’din Academy jointly organized the G20 Interfaith Summit Preconference (South Asia) on July 25-27, 2016 in Kerala, India.
The G20 Interfaith Summit is a timely initiative that aims at bringing together stakeholders from different socio-economic, political and faith groups for open discussion and deliberation to enhance harmonious coexistence among diverse faith groups for sustainable development in the world. Since South Asia is the home to nearly 1.7 billion people from diverse faith and culture, this preconference in Kerala aimed at highlighting the role of religion in achieving sustainable development in the region. By bringing together a number of well-respected and influential religious leaders, government officials, experts, academicians, and media representatives, the pre-conference provided a platform to explore common grounds to enhance harmony among different religion and faith groups to achieve sustainable development in South Asia and beyond.
Some of the key themes that were discussed in the pre-conference are:
- Role of Government and Policymaking in the Development of Interfaith Harmony
- Promoting Mutual Respect through Inter-Governmental Cooperation
- Empowering Communities and Religious Leaders for Synergistic Harmony
- Interfaith Dialogue and Coexistence: South Asian Experience
- Influence of Law in Interfaith Harmony and Sustainable Development
- Media Perspective on the Development of Interfaith Harmony
- Interfaith Harmony at Educational Institutions: Promoting Tolerance and Sustainable Development
- Social Harmony for Sustainable Development
The program was inaugurated by Mr. P. Srirama Krishnan, Speaker of Kerala Assembly. Senior policymakers from the government of Kerala including Dr. Thomas Issac, Minister of Finance, and Dr. KT Jaleel, Minister of Self Government & Minority Affairs delivered keynote speeches at the program. Dr. Brian Adams from Griffith University, Sheikh Bukhari and Dr. Abbas Pannakkal from Ma’din Academy, Prof. Kazi Nurul Islam from Dhaka University, Sri M from Satsang Foundation, Swami Agnivesh – a renowned Indian social activist, Swami Sadyojathah from Art of Living, Dr. Greg Walsh from University of Notre Dame Australia, Dr. Ambreen Agha from South Asian Terrorism Portal attended the conference as speaker. The program was attended by participants from Australia, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, United Kingdom etc.
IPAG was represented in the conference by Mr. Syed Munir Khasru, Chairman; Mr. Makshudul AM Mondal, Fellow and Senior Research Associate; and Maliha Iqbal, Research Associate. Mr. Khasru delivered one of the keynote speeches in the inaugural session and moderated a session on “Promoting Mutual Respect through Intergovernmental Cooperation”