On 6 June 2017, the Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford University hosted a session on the Global Challenges Prize 2017: A New Shape. Entitled “Want $5million to save the world?”, the session featured an in-depth presentation on the prize competition and its geopolitical context by Malini Mehra, Ambassador for the Global Challenges Prize 2017: A New Shape, followed by an interactive discussion moderated by Dr. Thomas Hale, Associate Professor of Global Public Policy at the Blavatnik School.
The session challenged a very diverse group of international researchers, staff and members of the Oxford community to come up with ideas that could help the world address the urgent and interlinked threats of climate change, major environmental damage, politically motivated violence and extreme poverty.
The results and the conclusions of the survey commissioned by the Global Challenges Foundation on attitudes towards global risk and global governance in eight countries were also discussed.
The recent withdrawal of the US Administration from the Paris climate agreement inspired a debate on the future of the United Nations and the long-term implications for multilateralism and global governance.