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The ongoing pandemic is demonstrating the relevance of the multilateral system and the challenges ahead call for more, not less, rules-based international cooperation to ensure a safer world and a sustainable, inclusive global recovery. What does the future hold for multilateral cooperation beyond COVID-19, the Trump presidency and the UK’s departure from the European Union?

COVID-19 impacts are deepening existing inequalities and exposing new vulnerabilities in economics and finance. In 2021, through a series of online conversations, the Salzburg Global Finance Forum will enable critical thinking on systemic risks and strategic opportunities as well as to support sector leaders and policymakers to deliver bold strategies for the post-pandemic world.

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Key questions
  • What are the expected implications for global cooperation on climate change, finance and trade, health and other subjects?
  • What are possible reform areas?
  • Will global institutions be put to test given numerous domestic and international pressures?
  • What will be China’s footprint in global cooperation and multilateral institutions?

Time: 90 minutes per session. Participants are welcome to join either session or both as convenient per their time zone.

Plenary Discussion: Industry experts will open with candid insights, leading discussions around the main topic.

Breakout Discussions: Smaller group discussions on subtopics will be moderated by Salzburg Global staff and Fellows, allowing for deeper dives and wider debate.

Virtual Coffee Breaks: Small, regular meetups beyond the webinars will enable participants to continue the conversations beyond the formal programming


This program is open for registration from all interested parties. We especially welcome the participation of senior and rising leaders from financial services firms (including commercial and investment banks, asset managers, private equity and pension funds, and fintech companies), supervisory and regulatory authorities, public policy leaders and professional service providers (including law firms and consultancies).


Peer dialogue with speakers will provide participants with broader regional perspectives, industry-relevant insights and specific policy recommendations thus strengthening their ability to lead though the disrupted forces accelerated by the Covid-19 crisis.