In the debate on the economic, political and environmental trends underlying and connecting current events, participants at the 2015 conference acknowledged the increasing fragility and fading legitimacy of the international order, and were concerned by the worrying loss of confidence, especially in the West, that this process can be reversed. And while there was widespread recognition of our shared global problems, there was little confidence that governments or international institutions could implement solutions.
Key takeaways: A Crisis of Confidence
- Addressing international challenges still needs Western leadership, but this is no longer sufficient – and developing countries cannot be expected to take the lead if the US and others drop out.
- Most countries agree on what the global problems are, but there is little confidence that governments, or our current international institutions, can solve them (or that those institutions can be reformed).
- Emerging powers do not want to upend global order (unlike at previous times in history) but want a seat at the table – this is broadly acknowledged but not yet accommodated.
- Dysfunctional domestic politics matter. Although state power has eroded, even ‘easy wins’ that states could accomplish go unfulfilled due to political deadlock and atrophy.
- The global order cannot be taken for granted – that it has lasted this long is ahistorical. We cannot be complacent about institutions suffering ‘death by a thousand cuts’.
London Conference by the numbers
- 64 speakers including former heads of state, current foreign ministers, leading academics and business leaders
- 139 countries participating, either in person or online
- 1.3million impressions on Facebook and Twitter
- 8k+ shares, re-tweets, likes, comments and clicks of our posts
- 2k+ plays of our videos from the event (not including the livestream)
- 6th highest trending topic on Twitter in the UK on Day 2
London Conference 2016
The third London Conference will take place on 16-17 June 2016.