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New Shape Forum: Open Sessions


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How well are the greatest risks to humanity governed today? What are the latest ideas on how to fix them?

Be part of a day of innovative idea-sharing and panel discussions on how we can improve global cooperation in order to better manage the threats to our world.

This educational day is organised by the Global Challenges Foundation (GCF). Established in 2012 by Swedish financial analyst and author Laszlo Szombatfalvy, GCF’s aim is to contribute to reducing the main global problems and risks that threaten humanity. From November 2016 to September 2017, GCF held an international call for ideas to improve global governance through the New Shape Prize competition, which received over 2,700 submissions from 122 countries. In addition to the distinguished experts who have been invited to Stockholm to share their knowledge and insights at Kulturhuset, the finalists of the New Shape Prize will also present their proposals here publicly for the first time.

10:00 Welcome

Main emcee: Katrine Marçal 

Katrine is the author of the August prize nominated book “Who Cooked Adam Smith’s Dinner?”, journalist and London correspondent for Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter.

10:15 Keynote address with Q&A: Michael Møller 

Michael is the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva. He has worked with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in New York, Iran, Mexico, Haiti and Geneva. He served as Head of the Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs at United Nations headquarters from 1997 to 2001, and was also previously the Director for Political, Peacekeeping and Humanitarian Affairs in the Office of the Secretary-General from 2001 to 2006. 

Panels: 

11:00 Global Governance: What is it, how does it affect you, and what is its current shape? 

Moderator: Katrine Marçal 

Speakers: 
-Inge Kaul (Adjunct Professor, Hertie School of Governance, Berlin)
-Yang Zheyu (Opinion Editor of Caixin Global)
-Paul Dickinson (Executive Chair, Carbon Disclosure Project
-Malini Mehra (CEO, Globe International) 

11:45 LUNCH BREAK 

12:50 Finalists of the New Shape Prize - Presentations (Part 1 of 2) 

Finalists of the New Shape Prize will present their proposals publicly for the first time - read the summaries of their submissions here. The distinguished jury, comprised of the following, will be on stage to assess each proposal:

-Maria Ivanova (Jury Chair), Professor of Global Governance and director of the Center for Governance and Sustainability at the University of Massachusetts, Boston
-Reshma Anand, founder of the Earthy Goods Foundation
-Susan Avery, President Emeritus of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
-Rachel Kyte, CEO of Sustainable Energy for All (SEforAll) and the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) for Sustainable Energy for All
-Jacques Marcovitch, board member of IHEID-International Relations and Development Studies Institute, Professor of Environmental Management and International Affairs, University of Sao Paulo
-Julia Marton- Lefèvre, former Director General of International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and former Rector of University for Peace (UPEACE)
-Wanjira Mathai, board member of the Wangari Maathai Institute (WMI) and the World Resources Institute
-Johan Rockström, Director of the Stockholm Resilience Center
-Anote Tong, former president of Kiribati

Moderator: Katrine Marçal 

14:10 BREAK

14:30 Finalists of the New Shape Prize - Presentations (Part 2 of 2)

15:45 BREAK

16.10 The UN: Reforms and New Global Actors 

Moderator: Richard Ponzio (Director, Just Security 2020 Program, The Stimson Center) 

Speakers: 
-Maher Nasser (Director, Outreach Division, United Nations Department of Public Information)
-Yang Yao (Director, China Center for Economic Research, Peking University)
-John Mukum Mbaku (Professor of Economics, Weber State University) 

16:50 Key Risks threatening Human Existence: What is being done about them? 

Moderator: Michele Wucker (Founder and CEO, Gray Rhino & Company) 

Speakers: 

-Janos Pasztor (Senior Fellow, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs and Executive Director, Carnegie Climate Geoengineering Governance Initiative)
-Ruhee Neog (Director, Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, New Delhi)
-Mosoka Fallah (Deputy Director for Technical Services, National Public Health Institute of Liberia)
-Philip Osano (Deputy Centre Director, Capacity Development and Partnership, Stockholm Environment Institute, Africa)

17:40 BREAK

18:00 What is the power of visionary thinking to change institutions? A discussion between two pragmatic visionaries

Institutional change is widely termed to be slow, intractable and hugely challenging to achieve. In this conversation, we discuss if there is a general formula to inspire and reform the global community. Learn to evaluate how different strategies have worked by listening to two of the global leaders in this area.

Moderator: Katrine Marçal

Speakers:

-Helen Goulden (CEO, The Young Foundation)
-Maina Kiai (Co-director, InformAction)

18:40 Overcoming Challenges in Relating to the UN and Global Catastrophic Risks 

Moderator: Carolina García Arbeláez  (Regional Sustainability Manager for ABInBev, Project Director, Transforma)

Speakers: 
-Anthony Banbury (formerly United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Field Support)
-Hajer Sharief (Co-founder, Together We Build It)
-Cristina Manzano (Editor-in-chief, Esglobal)

 

*Enjoy performances by Karolinskas Kammarkör (Youth choir from Karolinska gymnasiet) at 10:08, 12:45 and 18:40.

All sessions, except "Key Risks threatening Human Existence" which is an explanatory session, will have a Q&A component. Questions can be sent in advance and on the actual day via Twitter to @ChallengesFnd.

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