On 3 July, the panel "Future governance: how do we handle the most important global risks?" was held in Visby.
The theme of the panel was that the current global challenges require improved global cooperation. Historically, there have been cross-border challenges that have demanded improved global cooperation that led to the creation of some successful international collaborations, with rules and mandates on how to handle the risks. However, many opinion makers have criticized the United Nations for being ineffective and unfair. People like Graça Machel Mandela, Anthony Banbury, and Helen Clark have demanded improvements.
What new ideas would needed for the world community to handle the growing list of global challenges such as weapons of mass destruction, climate change, large-scale environmental collapse, and new technological innovations such as AI and biotechnology?
Panel participants from left to right: Efraim Gomez; Head of Department Sweden's Ministry for Foreign Affairs' UN Policy Department, Natalie Samarasinghe; Executive Director of the United Nations Association – UK (UNA-UK), Maher Nasser; Director of the Outreach Division in the UN Department of Public Information, Josefin Lind; Secretary General of Swedish Physicians against Nuclear Arms, Fredrik Karlsson; Executive director of the Global Challenges Foundation and moderator Jens Orback; senior advisor of the Global Challenges Foundation and former Swedish Minister for Democracy.
The seminar was organized in collaboration with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) at Almedalen's global meeting place "Sverige i världen". The conversation was held in English and can be viewed on the following video.