Ricardo Meléndez-Ortiz, Chief Executive of ICTSD, is a co-chair of T20 Task Force on Trade, Investment and Tax Cooperation during Argentina’s G20 Presidency and in 2018/2019 co-chair of T20 Task Force for Trade, Investment and Globalization during Japan’s G20 Presidency participated in the working session of the official transition between the Argentinian co-chairs and the T20 Japanese organizers.

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Wednesday, 19 September 2018 - 9:00am to 6:00pm

The T20 Summit 2018 brought together leading think tanks, government officials, representatives from international organizations and stakeholders from the business community. The T20 Communiqué was presented to the G20 Argentina presidency.

Ricardo Meléndez-Ortiz, Chief Executive of ICTSD, is a panellist in the session on “The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: a services agenda?” and the chair of the session “G20 and the future of the multilateral trade system”.

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Centro Cultural Kirchner, Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Sunday, 16 September 2018 - 9:00am to Tuesday, 18 September 2018 - 6:00pm

The T20 Summit 2018 brought together leading think tanks, government officials, representatives from international organizations and stakeholders from the business community. The T20 Communiqué was presented to the G20 Argentina presidency.

Ricardo Meléndez-Ortiz, Chief Executive of ICTSD, is a panellist in the session on “The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: a services agenda?” and the chair of the session “G20 and the future of the multilateral trade system”.

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Sunday, 16 September 2018 - 9:00am to Tuesday, 18 September 2018 - 6:00pm

Created in 2012, the Think20 (T20) is a group associated with G20 made up of think tanks. The primary challenge for the T20 is to add value to the G20 process with evidence-based public policy proposals. Shortly after the handover of G20 Presidency from Argentina to Japan, this conference will commence under the process of T20 Japan 2019. Ten task forces will be launched at this T20 Inception Conference. Leading think tank experts will gather to discuss global cross-cutting issues and depict roadmaps for policy recommendations to G20.

Ricardo Meléndez-Ortiz, Chief Executive of ICTSD, will be participating as a discussant.

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Tokyo, Japan
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Tuesday, 4 December 2018 - 9:00am to Wednesday, 5 December 2018 - 6:00pm

The annual Global Solutions Summit is held by the Global Solutions Initiative, a global think tank network which aims at contributing to greater continuity and impact within G20 policy arenas. The Global Solutions Summit brings together policy thinkers and policy leaders from around the world.

In 2018, over 1,100 participants, official delegates from T20 Argentina 2018 and T20 Japan 2019, Nobel Laureates and German Chancellor Angela Merkel attended the second Global Solutions Summit. In over 40 sessions, insights and ideas on the most pressing issues of our times are discussed, focused primarily around the Task Forces of the Argentinian T20 and the priorities of the Argentinian G20 Presidency. This sets the corner stone for key policy recommendations that will recouple the world.

Ricardo Meléndez-Ortiz, Chief Executive of ICTSD, was a panellist in the session on “Fostering Digital Trade – Think 20 Session”.

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Berlin, Germany
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Friday, 18 May 2018 - 9:00am to Saturday, 19 May 2018 - 6:00pm

During these two days, the experts will meet in sessions in order to set up priorities and agendas and to coordinate the progress on the research. After this initial meeting, they will start to define the recommendations for public policies. The proposals will be submitted to the G20 presidency during the T20 summit which will be held in Buenos Aires, September 16-18.

The Inception Workshop: Vision and Strategies for 2018 will present two plenary conferences. The lecturer of the first conference will be Jeffrey Sachs, American economist expert in economic development, global macroeconomics and the fight against poverty. Sachs is the director of the Center for Sustainable Development of the University of Columbia, serves as an adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and is a member of the T20 Argentina Advising Committee. The second conference will be presented by Alfonso Vergara, architect, economist and sociologist specialized in city planning and innovation. He is the founder and honorary president of Metrópoli Foundation and member of the Eisenhower Foundation.

Several other plenary sessions will be held on topics of interest for Argentina including the future of work and education in the digital era, climate change and the infrastructure for development, and food safety and sustainable agriculture. Other sessions will cover social cohesion, global governance and the future of politics, a new subject area for the T20 introduced by CIPPEC and CARI. The meeting will conclude with the formal introduction of the affinity groups and with a round table focused on reaching agreements on how to ensure the G-20 process and the G-20 Summit in Argentina are successful.

Ricardo Meléndez-Ortiz, Chief Executive of ICTSD, is a participant in his capacity as co-chair of the T20 Task Force on Trade, Investment and Tax Cooperation during Argentina’s G20 Presidency.

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Thursday, 1 February 2018 - 9:00am to Friday, 2 February 2018 - 6:00pm