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With the International German Forum, the Federal Chancellor has created a format for international exchange on globally relevant future related issues.

Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkelopen popup Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel Photo: Bundesregierung/Kugler

In many countries, societies are facing complex social, economic and ecological challenges, such as demographic change, the digital revolution and climate change. German and international experts from different fields, sectors and hierarchical levels representing the political, administrative, business and scientific communities as well as civil society meet in the context of the International German Forum. They discuss approaches towards and ideas about these issues, exchange experiences and find possible courses of action. The Forum is a platform for discussing and spreading innovative approaches. The aim is to learn from each another through interdisciplinary and intercultural dialogue.

The idea for the Forum arose from the Federal Chancellor’s dialogue on Germany’s future conducted in 2011 and 2012, in which she discussed the question “How do we want to live in the future?” with citizens and experts.

Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Third International German Forum, which was held at the Federal Chancellery

February 2017 Third International German Forum

The war on infectious diseases is one focus of Germany’s G20 Presidency, stressed the Chancellor at the Third International German Forum. At the Federal Chancellery, experts from 25 countries met to discuss ways of enhancing health and the quality of life – and flying medical robots. more

Kanzlerin Merkel diskutiert bei der Arbeitssitzung.

January 2015 Second International German Forum

The Second International German Forum was held at the Federal Chancellery on 19 and 20 January 2015, under the heading of What matters to people – innovation and society. more

Auftakt der Diskussionsrunde mit der Kanzlerin.

June 2013 First International German Forum

The First International German Forum was held at the Federal Chancellery on 5 June 2013, under the heading of What matters to people – wellbeing and progress. more