The Global Foundation convened the 3rd edition of its premier global meeting, the Rome Roundtable, at the Vatican and at the Bank of Italy, on Friday 15 and Saturday 16 June, 2018. Sixty invited participants came from all over the world and from a wide cross-section of backgrounds, from business, religions and society, for what was an intensive ‘faith-enabled’ dialogue, held at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and at the Bank of Italy.
Key speakers included Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin; Bank of Italy Governor, Ignazio Visco; CEO of mining giant, Anglo American, Mark Cutifani; former US Treasury Secretary, Larry Summers; Global Investor Coalition on Climate Change leader, Frank Pegan; and an impressive Chinese contingent was led by Dr Lebin Wu, Chairman of China’s Academy of Sciences investment firm (CASH) and Professor Keyu Jin of London School of Economics.
The Global Foundation takes full responsibility for this short summary of the 2018 Rome Roundtable meeting. A final Report will be issued in the near future, with the agreement of the Vatican, among others. Leaders must walk the talk to deliver the future.
It was firmly agreed that ‘co-operative globalisation’ requires action as well as talk and genuine personal commitment to change, re-inforced through the power of collective action. The sense of shared endeavour and willingness to work together without barriers, was strongly evident in Rome. The Rome Roundtable reported on and committed to several practical actions and ideas that could be scaled-up and applied more widely in the world, all serving as examples of ‘co-operative globalisation’ in action.
The Rome meeting focused on six key themes of the Global Foundation
- A ‘dialogue of civilisations’ was launched, to build long-term global peace.
- ‘Everything under Heaven’ – the new Silk Road brings East and West together again
- Saving the planet through the new model of blended finance
- Big miners walk the talk on business purpose
- New global vehicle to monitor and measure sustainable business performance
- Next stop, London