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Global Perspectives Initiative
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    Global Perspectives Initiative
    Friedrichstraße 217
    10969 Berlin
    +49 (0) 30 55 57 80 530


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      Please feel free to address your press inquiries to our contact person for press and public relations Mr Danilo Höpfner.

      Answers to frequently asked questions as well as information about our formats can be found below in the sections “Questions and Answers” and “Our Formats”.


      Selection of publications

      Africa Positive Magazine, Issue 80 (January 2021) – Contribution to the GP Conference “Climate Change and Migration” 2020 on page 21


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      Press Contact:

      Danilo Höpfner, Public Relations, +49 30 555 7805 36,

      Press Contact:

      Danilo Höpfner, Public Relations, +49 30 555 7805 36,

      Questions and Answers

      Who is behind the Global Perspectives Initiative?

      The Global Perspectives Initiative was founded by Dr. Ingrid Hamm and Stephan Balzer. Ingrid Hamm has been involved in international cooperation for 30 years, most recently as director of the Robert Bosch Stiftung. Stephan Balzer owns the agency red onion and is committed to business and innovation. Together, they laid the foundation for the Global Perspectives Initiative. It is a Berlin based, politically neutral charitable organization, supported by different partners. Since 2021, the non-profit PHINEO AG has been a majority shareholder in the Global Perspectives Initiative and is represented by the Managing Partners Dr Andreas M. Rickert and Farhad Dilmaghani.

      What does the Global Perspectives Initiative do?

      The Global Perspectives Initiative supports the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, which aim to make the world a fairer and safer place by 2030. GPI brings together stakeholders from politics, business and society, discusses various approaches to sustainable global development, informs about opportunities and examines approaches for sustainable development. The projects include discussion panels, parliamentarian discussions, media talks, and politically relevant conference formats. In addition, the Global Perspectives Initiative publishes studies and policy papers. Most of the events are invitation only. All information is then published on our website.

      Why does the Global Perspectives Initiative support the UN's sustainability goals?

      With the UN’s sustainability goals, the world community has committed itself to a common future. This milestone emphasizes the importance of thinking globally and acting sustainably. However, companies are still lacking tools and countries are not progressing. For instance, if current developments continue, it will take more than 200 years to achieve equality between women and men. Every five seconds, someone in the world is currently dying as a result of poor health care. The lack of sustainability poses a threat to everyone’s future. The Global Perspective Initiative wants to change that: It informs about potentials, shows connections and seeks approaches to more sustainability, together with decision-makers.

      What are the topics of sustainability exactly?

      The United Nations have defined 17 Sustainability Goals: stopping hunger and promoting growth, ensuring health and building justice – worldwide. It’s about shared responsibility and opportunities. The Global Perspectives Initiative wants to show exactly these opportunities: Investing in education fights poverty. Promoting health strengthens society. Achieving equality supports the development of the markets. The UN names various issues. And the variety distinguishes them: it depends on the context.

      Further information about the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals can be found here.

      Who is responsible for sustainable development: business or politics?

      Although surveys show that most people see governments as responsible, sustainable development concerns everyone. It should not be excluded to any particular department or area, but must be the benchmark for all actions. Education, health, equality: everyone can take action. It’s about working together globally, taking responsibility and taking advantage of opportunities. Germany, as an importer and exporter, benefits from a globalized world. It’s time to give back and invest in a secure future.

      How can others help?

      In order for Germany to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, we need to rethink: instead of just offering help, we need to demonstrate genuine commitment. All countries need to become strong partners and tackle the causes of crises instead of just helping out when crises arise. Inequality, poverty and hunger can only be stopped when economy and society develop. Wars and flight can only end when countries are just and profitable. Sustainable development provides opportunities for all people in the world – if used properly.

      Our Formats



      At our circles, topics are intensively questioned and deepened through the knowledge and experience of our high-ranking guests. We invite selected experts and discuss very concrete issues of development cooperation in a small group. Internationally recognised personalities often join in as key speakers and firstly provide concise input, followed by an open discussion.

      Aurora Dialogues Berlin 2017


      Our conferences are larger-scale formats that can take place over a period of several days and are usually implemented in close cooperation with our partners. With this format, we aim to enter into a more diverse discussion and to develop more complex ideas and solutions.



      Highlights are events that are special due to exceptionally high-ranking international guests or significant research findings from studies that we commission. These are larger formats that are often realised in close cooperation with our partners. We pass on the presented and discussed issues to a broad audience and publish findings in the media after the event.

      GP Politics Briefing

      Politics Briefings

      Parliamentarian talks are, as the name suggests, directed particularly at members of parliament, but also at political actors in government, ministries or political foundations.

      Dr. Ingrid Hamm

      Press Briefings

      During our press briefings, new studies and insights are published, presented and discussed on a small scale. It is important for us to give the journalists space to challenge the topics intensively and to expand on them with our experts.

      GP Roundtable


      Our Roundtables have a stronger working character compared to the Salon and lead to concrete results, which are then summarized and published.

      GP Salon


      Our salons are small and exclusive formats with a maximum of 40 participants from business, politics and society. These are then introduced to well-known experts and personalities who present surprising and exciting content and discuss them together with us and our participants.

      GP Side Event

      Side Events

      Our Side Events are salons that take place as part of politically and socially relevant events and conference formats. They pick up the debates discussed and go further into detail. Due to the content links and the organizational connection to these external events, we are also often able to use our side events to bring even higher-level discussion partners into the discourse.

      Our Program Lines

      S.E. Kofi Annan

      Global Responsibility

      The world faces major global challenges such as climate change, digitisation, peacekeeping and poverty alleviation. The emerging nationalism and increased protectionism, however, threaten internationally joined solutions. Which responsibility can Germany assume in the future to ensure a peaceful and sustainable global governance, to contribute to the fulfillment of the Sustainable Development Goals and to strengthen multilateral cooperation? The programme line Global Responsibility is the GPI´s cross-sectoral issue and provides the framework for the further three thematic priorities Peace, Business as part of the solution and Global Health.

      Kyaw Hla Aung, Dr. Tom Catena, Marguerite Barankitse, Sunita Krishnan


      Armed conflicts are the biggest obstacle to economic and social development as well as a crucial trigger for poverty, disease and suffering. GPI aims at strengthening the protection of women in conflict zones, while enhancing the role of women as mediators of peace. We also encourage to consider the links between security and development and embrace migration in all its manifestations as a global challenge.

      Prof. Michael Otto

      Business as part of the solution

      In a globalized world, partnerships at eye level are vital. Despite its high degree of fragility, the African continent has a lot of potential to offer – investment and development are mutually dependent on each other. By 2030, more than 50% of Africa’s population will be under the age of 18 and the number of jobseekers will consequently rise rapidly. Of the 400,000 existing German companies, only 800 of them are active on the African continent so far and the German economy is currently only investing 1% of the world’s approximate 81 trillion Euros in Africa. We would like to encourage German companies to get involved in African countries and to stimulate the necessary political framework conditions in order to promote sustainable economic development at eye level in Africa.

      Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Huber, Prof. Dr. med. Detlev Ganten, Dr. Tom Catena, Prof. Jörg Rocholl

      Global Health

      German politics and the research sector are becoming increasingly aware that health is the essential prerequisite for equal global development. Any investment in health-related research, e.g. neglected tropical diseases, and building a health infrastructure strengthens the fundamental right to a healthy life. Rather than just being the absence of illness and disease, health is the basis for education and for economic and social development.