G20: SHAPING AN INTERCONNECTED WORLD (2017 | Issue 2)

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Dr. Martin Ney


We live in an interconnected world that is undergoing enormous changes—changes that touch the lives of virtually everyone. These changes can bring us closer together or create new rifts. Our societies are transformed by new networks and an increasing exchange of ideas which, thanks to modern technologies, flow across borders. People are also on the move in real terms, looking for opportunities around the world or fleeing from conflicts.

New opportunities have not only driven innovation and economic growth, but have helped to lift millions of people out of dire poverty. At the same time, we have had to overcome unprecedented challenges which emanated from the very institutions that underpin our global economic system. We are facing even more challenges ahead, threatening global institutions and the security and livelihood of people.

“Heavyweights” on the global stage like Germany and India have a shared responsibility to address these issues, because their concerted efforts can bring about change. They work together in the G20—the Group of Twenty—a platform for dialogue and close collaboration.

Germany currently holds the presidency of the G20. Having already organised a series of ministerial meetings, we will host the leaders’ summit on 7–8 July in Hamburg. Our presidency centres on the triad of stability, responsibility and sustainability, which we deem essential to secure the prosperity and security of everyone.

Together with India and other partners we strive to increase the resilience of our economies and financial institutions. We aim to translate the commitments to a sustainable development path and to the protection of our climate into concrete measures. We also look ahead and want to seize the opportunities that digital technologies present for economies and societies. Last but not least, we want the G20 to assume greater responsibility for areas that affect global peace and security. Does it all sound too abstract? It might at first, but when we think about it, these are the central topics that will help all of our lives directly.

The 2017 G20 Hamburg Summit is a great chance to jointly shape a better future for all of us. Let’s seize this opportunity!

Dr. Martin Ney

“Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.”
— Martin Luther King, Jr, civil rights leader