Covid-19 has hugely weakened both the global economy and global trade and affects people in highly indebted countries, as well as people in countries with inadequate social security disproportionately. Many of the changes wrought upon us due to this crisis, even in economically strong countries like Germany and the United States, will not easily, and certainly not completely be reversible, even if a political consensus (still) appears to exist that suggests otherwise. Many of the jobs lost for example will not come back for a very long time (if ever). Life will get more difficult for most people, even in rich countries. Mitigating and addressing sustainably the many social, environmental and economic challenges this crisis poses will require, in addition to adequate investments, fundamental (economic, tax, social, etc) reforms.
To ensure that the enormous speed with which these changes are now being whipped through parliaments does not dampen down public debate and scrutiny, we are launching an independent annual forum in spring 2021, enabling civil society actors to participate with concrete proposals in the political discourse surrounding these developments nationally and internationally. Each of these annual forums consists of two parts: an agenda-setting process and thematically structured debates. With this call, we invite civil society actors to participate in our first agenda-setting process next spring (2021) by proposing – making the case for – a particular debate (topic and focus).
Anyone interested in participating should download our Reboot2030 registration form below, and complete and submit it via email (see footer in our registration form) by Thursday, the 31st of December 2020.
We look forward to hearing from you.