The Third International Conference “G20 and BRICS: Pursuing Multilateral Solutions to 21st Century Challenges?”
Leading international researchers gathered at the RANEPA for the third annual global governance conference to discuss G20 and BRICS achievements and priorities for the future.
The Third International Conference “G20 and BRICS: Pursuing Multilateral Solutions to 21st Century Challenges?” was organized at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA) on 10 October 2018.
The Conference was organized by the Center for International Institutions Research (CIIR) of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA) in partnership with National Committee on BRICS Research with expert support of the G20 Research Group of the University of Toronto and BRICS Research Group.
The Conference brought together more than 40 leading international researchers of global governance from the G20 and BRICS member countries, representing world-known think tanks such as the University of Toronto (Canada), Shanghai International Studies University (SISU) (China), German Development Institute (DIE) (Germany), Soka University (Japan), University of Gdansk (Poland), University of Pretoria (South Africa), University of Gothenburg (Sweden) and Brookings Institutionhn (the US), representatives of Russian governmental bodies and international organizations, including the International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank and World Trade Organization (WTO).
The Conference opening session was attended by Ms. Svetlana Lukash, Russian G20 Sherpa, Deputy Head of the Presidential Experts’ Directorate, Presidential Executive Office; Mr. Pavel Knyazev, Russia BRICS Sous-Sherpa, Deputy Director of the Foreign Policy Planning Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federatio; as well as H.E. Mr. Ricardo Lagorio, Ambassador of República Argentina to the Russian Federation.
The participants discussed a wide range of themes, including the global challenges and trends in global governance; the multilateral solutions in key policy areas (macroeconomic policy, trade and investment, SDGs, climate change, financing for development, sustainable infrastructure, digitalization, labor and productivity); G20 and BRICS achievements, unfulfilled expectations, priorities for future cooperation and forthcoming presidencies; the G20 and BRICS role in the system of international multilateral institutions; and legitimacy in the global governance.