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2020 Bled Strategic Forum

Neighbours – Regions – Global World: Partners or Rivals?

Challenges and Opportunities in the Post-COVID–19 World

Monday, 31 August 2020
Bled, Slovenia

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Challenges and Opportunities in the Post-COVID–19 World: Neighbours – Regions – Global World: Partners or Rivals?

The Covid-19 pandemic has affected societies and economies around the globe and has permanently reshaped the world as we know it. If we wish to create a resilient and sustainable global community capable of responding to the challenges of the 21st century, the reinvention of our societies is inevitable. The Covid-19 outbreak has exposed many of the vulnerabilities of the current global system, and its consequences will disrupt just about every area of our lives.

We are entering an unprecedented era of crisis management. In these challenging times, with global response inefficient and inadequate, we are seeing a renewed shift in the international community towards enhanced neighbourly and regional cooperation and a need for new initiatives. The pandemic has clearly revealed the issues and problems that effective multilateralism is facing, and brought to the forefront different concepts of international cooperation. Good neighbourly relations and robust regional initiatives will play a significant role in redefining and reinventing the way the global community faces new and asymmetrical threats in the future.

Emerging regional groupings, such as the Three Seas Initiative, open up new opportunities in Central and Eastern Europe to bridge infrastructural gaps in the fields of energy, mobility, and digitalisation, undertake strategic investment projects, and strengthen transatlantic cooperation. In this context, artificial intelligence and digitalisation, in particular, have untapped potential to become a game changer in helping us reinvent society in a sustainable manner.

The European Union finds itself in the midst of these changes, and our ability to understand, adapt to and mitigate them will determine our future political, security, and economic outreach. In this new reality, the EU needs to lead by example and promote as well as safeguard these values, which have enabled us to prosper and develop as a groundbreaking project, redefining relations between states, regions, and societies.

The 15th Bled Strategic Forum international conference will take place on Monday, 31 August 2020 in Bled, Slovenia.  The conference will be organised as a hybrid event, with a high-level segment taking place on-site while some discussions will be held online. In addition to the familiar livestreamed sessions, a strong digital component of this year’s conference will open the possibility of online participation allowing us to host speakers and participants  are unable to travel to Bled in person, and to stimulate virtual audience engagement.

The favourable epidemiological situation led to the easing of some of the measures to contain and control COVID-19, but they could not be lifted in full and some of the general and specific measures, including those related to in-door gatherings, will continue to apply also in the following months.








07.30– Registration and Information @Rikli Balance Hotel    
08.00–09.30     Combo Amcham Business Breakfast @Rikli Balance Hotel, Arnold Hall  
09.00–9.30   Gathering @Bled Festival Hall    
9.30–10.00   Opening @Bled Festival Hall    
10.00–11.30   Leaders’ Panel: Europe after Brexit and COVID–19 @Bled Festival Hall    
11.30–13.00   Foreign Ministers Session @Bled Festival Hall    
13.30–14.30 Networking Lunch @Rikli Balance Hotel      
14.30–16.00     European Security and Asymmetric Threats @Rikli Balance Hotel, Arnold Hall #EVENT2/5 Stewarding Sustainability Transformations in Slovenia
16.00–17.30     Digitalization as the Driver of Economic Recovery in CEE @Rikli Balance Hotel, Arnold Hall City Diplomacy and the Future of Multilateralism
17.30–19.00     Is the Future of Cyberspace Only as a Domain of Conflict? @Rikli Balance Hotel, Arnold Hall  
19.00–19.15 Closing Remarks @Rikli Balance Hotel, Arnold Hall      


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