At the New Shape Forum (NSF), convened by the Global Challenges Foundation in Stockholm on 27-29 May, more than 200 participants came together with the aim of reshaping global governance to better tackle global catastrophic risks. We would like to thank all attendees for their involvement and enthusiasm.
We are grateful for the immense interest in the New Shape Prize received from people in every continent and from diverse backgrounds – from academic institutions, think tanks, researchers, and business, to university students and non-governmental organisations.
The New Shape Prize initiative has always had an ambitious goal: to inspire ideas and stimulate debate around new, more effective forms of global cooperation at the highest levels about how the world community manages global catastrophic risks, ranging from climate change effects to weapons of mass destruction.
We have been encouraged by the many innovative ideas proposed, although we now realise that the quest for models that meet all the criteria set out in the New Shape Prize was an ambitious ask. The distinguished final jury, led by Professor Maria Ivanova, selected the following three proposals out of the 14 put forward by the semi-final review panel:
Augusto Lopez-Claros, Arthur Lyon Dahl, Maja P.C.E. Groff
Speaking about the process, Professor Ivanova noted that “This competition has unleashed the creativity of thousands of people around the world and has launched a new community of thinkers, advocates and doers.”
The Global Challenges Foundation has decided to award a total of USD 1.8 million, rewarding the three submissions with USD 600,000 each.
The New Shape Forum marked the starting point of a new phase in our efforts to find new global governance models. Looking ahead, the Global Challenges Foundation remains committed to supporting the reworking and refinement of the best ideas toward more holistic models that emerge from this process. Working groups began to convene at the Forum and will continue to develop frameworks for global governance. We are confident the models will evolve over the next five months, and look forward to seeing these ideas come to life, when the most promising ones will be presented in Paris in November at the Paris Peace Forum.
Laszlo Szombatfalvy, Founder and Chairman, Global Challenges Foundation
Mats Andersson, Vice Chairman, Board of the Global Challenges Foundation