Eurasia Group GZERO SUMMIT 2020 | Agenda
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December 8 (EST & JST), 2020

State of the World: Keynote Speech

December 8 (EST) / December 9 (JST), 2020

Welcoming Remarks (PRE-RECORDED)


GZERO Summit on Post-Covid Geopolitics

We are now almost a year into the global pandemic and the largest global economic shock since the Great Depression. Coronavirus has created both changes and challenges to the geopolitical landscape in the GZERO world.

What are the impacts and implications of the coronavirus pandemic? How does the outcome of the US presidential election affect the global geopolitical landscape, including key bilateral relationships such as that between the US and Japan? What are the proper roles of governments, international institutions, and corporate executives in the post-coronavirus world?

GZERO Summit on the Fight Against Covid-19

The development and distribution of therapeutic drugs and vaccines are needed to contain the spread of the coronavirus. While international cooperation such as the ACT-Accelerator program has made significant progress, it still seems insufficient. One major risk is that countries are promoting their own vaccines, competing with one another rather than seeking to cooperate.

What more can leading governments do, and what is the proper role of international organizations such as the WHO? Of inter-governmental forums such as the G7 and G20? NGOs? Companies? What actions should be taken to enhance multilateral cooperation?  

December 9 (EST) / December 10 (JST), 2020

Letter from Mr. NAKANISHI Hiroaki, Chairman, Keidanren


GZERO Summit on Geo-Technology

The pandemic has increased the momentum behind digitalization and technological innovation. Countries around the world are competing to develop data management (including for cross-border data), AI strategies, and next-generation mobile networks (5G). They are also competing to shape the rules and standards that govern them. At the same time, major challenges loom. The competition between the US and China over development and deployment of advanced technologies is the most important of these, and it has already led to heightened geopolitical risks. In addition, the decoupling between the two countries in the advanced technology sector is disrupting global supply chains, with consequences for companies and governments.  

December 10 (EST) / December 11 (JST), 2020



GZERO Summit on Sustainability

The Covid-19 pandemic is reinforcing the focus on sustainability, fueling stakeholder challenges to "build it back better" and growing investor and public scrutiny of corporate resilience in areas from worker health and safety to supply chain resilience amid the global public health disaster. Markets and industry are moving quickly, putting pressure on governments and regulators to keep pace. With new Nationally Determined Contribution climate plans required by the Paris agreement, and with major economies from Japan to the EU and China committing to economy-wide carbon neutral goals, the pressure to establish sector-level decarbonization policy frameworks is intensifying. Governments and businesses alike are confronting the challenges of short-term recovery from the Covid-19 shock with the longer-term low carbon transition and growing stakeholder focus on sustainability performance. Whether these goals are in conflict, or whether they can be aligned in a mutually reinforcing manner, will be the key focus of our panel discussion.
*The schedule and panelists are tentative and subject to future change.