Online Conference

2. Global Goals Forum

Online Conference 2022


Rethinking Globalisation

The Corona pandemic is a watershed in many ways. It revealed the vulnerabilities and weaknesses of our societies and economies. Is there now a threat of de-globalization? No. The pandemic was primarily a crisis of international trade relations and does not end globalization.

But globalization will change fundamentally in the coming years. The era of undisturbed globalization with ever more free trade, lower tariffs and international rules is coming to an end. The pandemic is reinforcing the trend toward more protectionism and accelerating the technology race. These are both developments that have already begun, but are now being experienced more and more often in a conflict-ridden manner.

Conclusion: Globalization lives on – but it is changing. The consequences are likely to shape a significant part of the 21st century. We are at the beginning of a new era – an era of disorder, but also an era of change. And therein lie opportunities. The 2nd Global Goals Forum explores how, in very concrete terms, we can use the 17 Sustainable Development Goals as a blueprint for a just future.


Hardly any other topic is discussed as intensively and controversially as globalisation. Some associate it with a phase of worldwide democratisation, economic growth and thus the reduction of poverty. Others, however, complain the dominance of the economy in all areas of life, ecological and social overexploitation and a growing gap between rich and poor.

Since the end of the Cold War in 1990, globalisation has deeply changed the face of global economy. Meanwhile the political architecture has also changed: The rise of multilateralism and thus of a rules-based world order is to be understood against this context. For example, the Earth Summit in Rio in 1992 laid the foundation for sustainable development and later frameworks such as the Paris Climate Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals.

On the other hand, globalisation is criticised in many quarters as having failed to deliver on its promises — in terms of both the pace of growth and the distribution of gains across society. Many people feel that they are the losers of this globalisation, they experience globalisation as a threat and see profiteers, especially in companies, who enrich themselves immoderately and unscrupulously. In 2000, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan therefore called for a fairer globalisation and established the UN Global Compact.

Where is globalisation heading? In the light of pressing challenges like climate, covid and credit a “business as usual” approach is certainly not an option. However, de-globalisation also poses great risks to peace and prosperity. On the occasion of the Rio+30 activities, the Global Goals Forum is therefore examining the question of how globalisation can be readjusted and sustainably oriented. In the past, Business and finance have arguably benefited the most from the open, rules-based international political and economic order. Functioning, inclusive societies are therefore in their own best interest. How can business models therefore be linked to the Global Goals? And how do we use the 17 Sustainable Development Goals as a blueprint for an SDG economy?

The Global Goals Forum sees itself as a “marketplace of ideas.” At a time of increasing unpredictability in the international order, the conference provides a platform for leaders from politics, business, and civil society to discuss key challenges on the global agenda, such as tackling inequity, climate change, and corporate responsibility.

In the sense of a “walk the talk”, the Forum will provide space for discussion, but also for the development of very concrete recommendations for action for politics and business.

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