Tokyo Conference 2021: FGV debates ways to restore international cooperation with leading global think tanks

The conference seeks to reflect on how the COVID-19 pandemic promoted unilateralism and caused a collapse in international cooperation mechanisms

On March 22 and 23, Fundação Getulio Vargas will take part in the 2021 Tokyo Conference. The event, to be held online in collaboration with prominent think tanks and the leaders of democratic countries, will discuss ways to restore the liberal economic order, democracy and global cooperation. FGV will be represented by its president, Professor Carlos Ivan Simonsen Leal. All the event’s sessions will be livestreamed.

The conference seeks to reflect on how the COVID-19 pandemic promoted unilateralism and caused a collapse in international cooperation mechanisms. The aim is to debate how to repair this infrastructure under the leadership of America’s new president, Joe Biden. The event will also consider the paths the world needs to follow to rebuild peaceful international relations and socioeconomic systems after the pandemic.

Professor Leal will be one of the speakers in a session that will debate the international community’s difficulties in restoring the global economy. The event will also feature representatives of nine other think tanks: Canada’s Centre for International Governance Innovation, the French Institute of International Relations, the German Institute for International Security Affairs, India’s Observer Research Foundation, Italy’s International Affairs Institute, Singapore’s S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, the United Kingdom’s Chatham House, the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations and Japan’s The Genron NPO.

Heads of state and ministers will also speak at the international conference, such as Christian Wulff(former German president), Anders Fogh Rasmussen (former secretary general of NATO and ex-prime minister of Denmark), Kevin Rudd, (former Australian prime minister and president of the Asia Society), Hubert Védrine (ex-French foreign minister), Hassan Wirajuda (former Indonesian foreign minister), Katsunobu Kato (Japan’s chief cabinet secretary) and Yasutoshi Nishimura (Japan’s economy minister).

For more information about the event, including its program, click here.