Shaping a Globalized World

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While political leaders prepared for the G20 summit in Seoul, experts from China and other countries gathered in Beijing on November 10-11, 2010 to discuss issues of global economic governance and sustainable development. Organized by the Bertelsmann Stiftung, Bertelsmann Foundation and the China Center for International Economic Exchanges (CCIEE), the conference charted new paths for more stable and sustainable global economic and financial architectures.

The forces of globalization have changed the world fundamentally, and this change has accelerated in recent decades. Economic globalization, modern communication technology and growing mobility are creating an increasingly interconnected world characterized by growing interdependence and new forms of cooperation that transcend national and cultural borders. As a result of these transformations, we work and feel increasingly like "a global village".

At the same time, the globalized world faces new complex challenges such as climate change, environmental degradation, poverty, pandemics and economic crises. These challenges respect no borders and cannot be solved by any country working alone. They require urgent and coordinated responses across the globe by a multiplicity of stakeholders. Yet, it is increasingly obvious that the current instruments of international problem-solving are insufficient to cope with these problems. Therefore, the project "Shaping a Globalized World" asks how we can organize our political processes and institutions so that they can effectively and fairly deal with global challenges. "In order to work, globalization needs global governance in the form of internationally effective, consensus-driven structures that are not dominated by individual members", Bertelsmann Foundation President and CEO Gunter Thielen has noted, adding "At the same time, global governance must promote collaboration between government institutions and NGOs."

Against this background, the project "Shaping a Globalized World" seeks to develop ideas and suggestions for the political management of globalization and to incorporate those ideas and suggestions into an international debate. Its purpose is to think more deeply about the political agenda of a globalized world, about strategies for action and modes of governance. To this end, the project attempts to examine global-governance issues by gathering the knowledge, experience and viewpoints of individuals, governments and non-state actors from various centers of the globalized world. The project combines the Bertelsmann Stiftung's in-house expertise and wide-ranging program experience with appropriate resources, initiatives and programs of other internationally active institutions, think tanks and foundations. The project is coordinated by an international project team based in Gütersloh, Germany and Washington, DC.