1st Berlin Global Forum

Europa und die neuen Gestaltungsmächte: Gemeinsam Verantwortung übernehmen


13.11.2015, Berlin

Das 1st Berlin Global Forum markiert das Ende einer Reise, auf die wir uns 2014/2015 mit dem BMW Foundation Global Table nach China, Italien, Brasilien, Polen und Tansania begeben haben.

Ziel ist die Etablierung eines neuen Dialogs zwischen Europa und den neuen Gestaltungsmächten, bei dem die gemeinsamen Interessen und die geteilte Verantwortung im Mittelpunkt stehen.

Unter dieser Prämisse sprechen wir beim 1st Berlin Global Forum über drei ebenso aktuelle wie drängende Themen:

  • Europas Energiesicherheit
  • Chinas Konzept einer neuen Seidenstraße
  • die globale Dimension der Flüchtlingskrise.

Dazu bringen wir rund 200 internationale Führungskräfte aus den Bereichen Wirtschaft, Politik, Diplomatie, Wissenschaft, Kultur und Zivilgesellschaft zusammen, darunter zahlreiche Teilnehmer der Global Tables. Wir sind davon überzeugt, dass nur ein sektorenübergreifender Ansatz neue Antworten auf die großen, in ihrer Komplexität kaum greifbaren Herausforderungen unserer Zeit geben kann. Mit den Lösungsansätzen, Handlungsempfehlungen und den Methoden des Global-Table-Prozess wollen wir neue Akzente in die politische Debatte und in formale Verhandlungsprozesse tragen.

Das 1st Berlin Global Forum setzt auf die Beteiligung der Teilnehmer und die Interaktion untereinander und findet dementsprechend vor allem in kleineren, innovativen Dialogformaten statt.

Der Konferenzort befindet sich im Berliner Westhafen, einem Symbol für die wechselhafte Wirtschaftsgeschichte und den anhaltenden Wandel in der vibrierenden Hauptstadt Berlin.

Alle weiteren Informationen zum Forum finden Sie auf Englisch, unserer Konferenzsprache.


Welcome Speech

  • Michael Schaefer, Chairman of the Board, BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt, Berlin and Munich

Introductory Remarks

  • Peter Altmaier, Head of the Federal Chancellery and Federal Minister for Special Tasks, Berlin
  • Günther Oettinger EU Commissioner for Digital Economy & Society, Brussels
  • Wang Yiwei, Professor, Director, Institute of International Affairs, Renmin University of China, Beijing

Moderated by Ali Aslan, TV-Host and Journalist, Berlin


Breakout Session

Energy: From Independence to Interdependence

Energy security remains one of Europe's top concerns, while it is also a key problem for most emerging economies and other industrialized countries.

Two working groups will address the question of how intertwined interests could help reach climate and sustainable development goals. Both working groups will ask whether the systemic changes in global affairs require new governance structures to solve complex energy issues. Where are the fault lines between the EU and the emerging powers? What sources of energy should be part of regular inter-regional frameworks? Who should be the stakeholders in this dialogue? Where will the energy be produced, what technologies should be shared, what transit routes must be developed to guarantee win-win situations for all? How will these requirements affect inter-regional and global governance structures?


Breakout Session

The New Silk Road: Game Changer for Inclusive Diplomacy?

China's “One belt, one road” initiative has the potential to reshape the economic and political dynamics between China, Central Asia, Russia, the Middle East, Africa, and Europe.

Two working groups will address the question of whether the Chinese “New Silk Road” initiative is another intelligent attempt on the part of China to pursue its national interests, or an example of how systemic changes in global affairs are producing new governance structures. Engaging leaders from the emerging powers and Europe to identify the narratives, incentives, opportunities and policy recommendations that will make regional processes like China's "One belt, one road" a driver for shared sustainable growth and prosperity is a key priority of global relations. How should Europe respond to this initiative? Would China and the corridor states allow the EU to become a co-creator on a level playing-field?


Breakout Session

Refugees: From National Egotism to International Solidarity

The refugee crisis is escalating – in countries of origin, in transit nations, and in Europe.

Two working groups should contribute to identifying the areas in which new or increased cooperation is essential to address these short- and long-term objectives. How can we reverse the present trend to re-nationalize the issue of refugees and arrive at a policy of shared responsibility? While clearly making a distinction between refugees who are victims of war and conflict and those who are driven by poverty and other economic reasons, how can we cooperate to ensure humane conditions for all refugees in the short and medium term, while also developing long-term solutions to both of these refugee-producing scenarios?

How can the European Union contribute to greater stability, sustainability and prosperity in countries of origin and transit, building on the principle of solidarity which has been the rationale for the creation of the EU? What kind of inter-regional governance structures could help to achieve greater cooperation between all relevant stakeholders?

The concluding discussion takes its cue from a typical BMW Foundation Global Table. Selected participants will engage more deeply with the results of the Forum, show possible consequences for Europe’s role in the world, and formulate recommendations for action on how to tackle the discussed political and social challenges.

The participants of the discussion

  • Rosen Plevneliev, President of Bulgaria, Sofia (Impulse Speech)
  • Ravi Chaudhry, Chairman, CeNext Consulting & Investment, New Delhi
  • Edward Davey, former Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, London
  • Elsie Kanza, Head of Africa, Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum, Geneva
  • Alejandro Litovsky, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Earth Security Group, London
  • Djoomart Otorbaev, former Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek
  • Norbert Reithofer, Chairman of the Supervisory Board, BMW AG, Munich
  • Norbert Röttgen, Chairman of the Bundestag’s Committee on Foreign Affairs, Berlin
  • Wei Shen Director of Confucius Institute, Lancaster University, Lancaster
  • Astrid Skala-Kuhmann Director Emerging Economies - G20, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Berlin