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Panel Discussion “The G20 amidst Global Transition” on 17 June at the Hamburg Town Hall

The German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA) warmly invites you to the Hamburg Town Hall for a panel discussion entitled “The G20 amidst Global Transition: Expectations and Hopes, Risks and Challenges.”

Three weeks prior to the G20 summit, Wael Hmaidan (Director of the Climate Action Network International), Prof. Amrita Narlikar (President of the GIGA), and Prof. Lars Hendrik Röller (G20 “Sherpa” and economic and fiscal advisor to the German chancellor) will analyse the state of global politics and provide insights into activist, scholarly, and political practice in this context.

Saturday, 17 June 2017, 4–6 p.m.
Hamburg Town Hall

Welcome remarks by State Secretary Wolfgang Schmidt (Plenipotentiary of the Hamburg Senate vis-à-vis the German federal government and designated representative for international matters); moderated by Andreas Cichowicz (Editor-in-Chief of NDR Television). The event will be held in English; simultaneous interpretation into German will be available. Further information on the event can be found here.

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About the GIGA
The German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA) is an independent social science research institute based in Hamburg, Germany. It studies political, social, and economic developments in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East, as well as global issues. As a member of the Leibniz Association, it is committed to the principle of “theoria cum praxi”: science for the benefit of society.

The GIGA is part of the international T20 (Think-20) network, which serves as an “idea bank” for the G20 and offers research-based political consultation services. In the run-up to the G20 summit, the GIGA analyses that institution in the context of world events, examines the group’s core issues from the perspectives of various world regions, and discusses these topics at public events. Further information at

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