Day: September 2, 2019

Night Owl Session – Who Owns the Future? A Gallery Walk Of Resilience and Inclusiveness

The Night Owl Session at the Bled Strategic Forum delved into gender equality in the context of climate change and explored ways of how to make women agents of change by improving their participation in society and political decision-making. The debate, focusing on hard data and individual stories, showed there has been positive change, but…

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Mayor Fajfar and Riko CEO Škrabec Welcome Participants of BSF 2019

The BSF networking reception held traditionally at Bled’s Grand Hotel Toplice was addressed by Bled Mayor Janez Fajfar and Janez Škrabec, the head of engineering company Riko, a long-standing major partner of the forum.   Mr Fajfar welcomed the guests with a recap of the hotel’s history, dating back to 1931, and of tourism in…

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Artists Seen as Politically Influential if Backed by Constituencies

The Bled Strategic Forum panel (Soft) Power of Creativity: The Entertainment Industry in International Relations concluded that artists and performers do have the power to influence politics as ambassadors and that politicians and government are in fact afraid of them if they have large constituencies behind them.  Discussing the recent example of Italian Interior Minister…

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Europe Urged To Take the Lead on Sustainability

The Bled Strategic Forum panel on sustainability focused on how to translate sustainable development principles into policy action to tackle climate change and heard calls for a fundamental reform of production and consumption and a rejection of short-termism. The panellists agreed that Europe should take the lead at the global level. Prof Jeffrey Sachs, Director…

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Former Italian PM Enrico Letta honored with BSF Distinguished Partner Award

Former Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta has been honoured with the Bled Strategic Forum Distinguished Partner Award, conferred by BSF and the Slovenian Foreign Ministry on prominent and engaged individuals who embody the principles espoused by Slovenia’s largest foreign policy event. The presenter of the award, Ambassador Iztok Mirošič, spoke of individuals who are “a…

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Winning the ’20s: A Leadership Agenda for the Next Decade

Mr Martin Reeves, Global Director of the BCG Henderson Institute, addressed the BSF to share the business perspective, to speak about the contribution of business to the next decade, which he feels will involve equally momentous changes as other areas. Mr Reeves argued that this was one of the worst times in history for complacency,…

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Panel Agrees Multilateralism under Attack, Urges Global Cooperation

A high-profile panel at the Bled Strategic Forum (BSF) saw the participants agree that multilateralism was under attack and that it could survive only if a concerted action was taken and global cooperation was maintained in order to tackle relevant challenges, including nationalism and narrow interests. The notion that multilateralism is “under severe attack” was…

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Slovenian and Estonian President Discuss EU Challenges

The presidents of Slovenia and Estonia, H.E. Mr Borut Pahor and H.E. Ms Kersti Kaljulaid, spoke in favour of a strong EU as they discussed the future of the bloc at a Bled Strategic Forum panel on Monday. They shared the view that despite its problems, the bloc is still the best framework for European…

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BSF Opens with Calls for Stability and Sustainability

The 2019 Bled Strategic Forum opened with addresses by senior Slovenian and UN officials, who highlighted stability and sustainability as well as fighting climate change as the main factors for Slovenia and the EU, but also globally. H.E. Mr Marjan Šarec, Prime Minister of Slovenia, divide his address into three concentric circles – global, EU…

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Mediterranean a Region of Complex, Often Poorly Understood Dynamics

The concluding session of the Young BSF and simultaneously the prelude to the main BSF event was opened by Italian Ambassador to Slovenia H.E. Paolo Trichilo, who was happy to see that the Mediterranean-focused session, organised in partnership with the Italian International Affairs instituted (IAI) and already held under the auspices of the Italian Embassy…

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