Stockholm – Citizens of emerging countries such as India and China are more supportive of global cooperation to manage global risks than citizens in wealthier countries, a ComRes survey reveals ahead of the 12th annual G20 meeting of global leaders in Hamburg, Germany.

The summit, to be held July 7-8, brings together the world’s 20 biggest economies representing 85 per cent of global GDP and is the first such international gathering since President Trump’s widely criticised pull-out from the Paris Agreement on climate change last month. It includes leaders of China and India, both strong supporters of the UN process to address global warming.

The ComRes survey was commissioned by the Stockholm-based Global Challenges Foundation, an organisation devoted to deepening understanding of global risks including climate change and conflict. The research of more than 8,000 adults across eight of the G20 countries found that:

  • Emerging countries are most positive about the current international system – more than three quarters of Indians (78%) and Chinese (76%) think that the current international system is capable of making the decisions required to address global risks. Only 43% of Britons, 38% of Australians and 35% of Germans say so.
  • Emerging countries are also the strongest believers in the need for more global governance – 84% of Indian and 78% of Chinese adults think that a new supranational organisation should be created in order to tackle global risks. Whilst still significant, support for such a body is lowest in the US (67%), Australia (65%) and Germany (62%).
  • Adults in emerging countries are more likely to consider themselves “global citizens” – 93% of Indians, 88% of South Africans, 84% of Brazilians and 76% of Chinese said they consider themselves global citizens, while only 64% of Australians, 62% of Britons and 58% of Germans feel the same way.
  • Germany presents an interesting paradox – Angela Merkel and China’s Xi Jinping are considered the new leading globalisation partners but German citizens show little enthusiasm for greater global cooperation. Although a clear majority (58%) of Germans consider themselves to be global citizens, it is the lowest proportion among the eight countries surveyed. Confidence in the current international system and UN are also lowest in Germany, at 35% and 46%, respectively.

Mats Andersson, Vice Chairman of the Global Challenges Foundation said: 

“Citizens in the emerging world are clearly yearning for greater global cooperation to tackle some of the biggest risks facing the planet. They are the ones who experience these risks first hand, whether it’s the impact of climate change, pandemics or violent conflict. It should therefore come as no surprise that people in the emerging world want to see more international action to tackle these catastrophic risks.

“The G20 has been a step in the right direction in terms of bringing major emerging powers into the international decision-making process. However, the world ultimately needs more representative global governance if we are to forge the truly global solutions we need to global risks that threaten all of humanity.”

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Background on the Global Challenges Foundation

Founded in 2012 by the Swedish investor and author Laszlo Szombatfalvy, the Global Challenges Foundation aims to incite deeper understanding of the most pressing global risks to humanity - and to catalyse new ways of tackling them. The foundation is attending the F20 Meeting of foundations and philanthropic organisations in Hamburg in parallel to the G20 summit. More information can be found at:

Background on the ComRes survey

An online survey of 8,101 adults aged between 18 and 64 was conducted across: Australia (1,000), Brazil (1,018), China (1,031), Germany (1,001), India (1,013), South Africa (1,038), the United Kingdom (1,000) and the United States (1,000) between 27 April and 10 May 2017. The data were weighted to be nationally representative of the population in each country by age, gender and region. Full data tables are available at