Concordia has published its 2021 Annual Summit Report. The multimedia document videos, commentary and analysis from the New York City event held over four days at the end of September as UN Week got underway.
As Co-Founders Matthew A. Swift and Nicholas M. Logothetis say in the introduction:
“There’s much being said about global convenings in a post-COVID world: What do they look like? When can we return to “normal”? Will we everreturn to normal? At Concordia, we understand that the need to come together is more pressing than ever before, so we embarked on something completely new this year by adopting a hybrid model for our 2021 Annual Summit.
For many of us around the world, going digital over the past 18 months has provided huge opportunities to come together across geographies, time zones, and sectors, which is why we continued to offer a digital experience for our attendees. But, we also appreciate that no technology will ever be a complete substitute for the human-to-human encounter. That’s why we introduced a stringent set of in-person COVID-19 requirements—including mandatory daily onsite testing, temperature checks, vaccination card checks, and masks—for those members of our community who could join us in person. As a result, we’re proud to say that we were able to bring together over 650 people safely in person in New York City across three days, alongside the many others who joined us from their living rooms, home offices, and dining room tables around the world.
With nearly 80 Main Stage sessions, numerous Strategic Dialogues, roundtables, lunches, and private receptions, this year’s Annual Summit marked four days of engagement, discussion, and collaboration. As always, we couldn’t have pulled it off without the support of our community. Thank you to our Sponsors, Partners, Members, and Speakers, and of course our Leadership Council and Advisors & Senior Advisors for their dedication, insight, and expertise.
We hope you find our 2021 Annual Summit Report to be a useful, action-oriented resource to guide your work, conversations, and next steps. We look forward to working with you all over the coming months as we prepare for an exciting agenda over the remainder of 2021 and beyond.”
Many more from the global community joined the hybrid event online, and those attending included heads of state, summit members, leaders and philanthropists.
The report is intended to guide work, conversations and next steps around critical issues including: technology & digital transformation; democracy, security & geopolitical risk; economic empowerment & financial inclusion; health disparities, recovery & resilience; environmental sustainability; cultural diplomacy & youth advocacy; global trade, manufacturing & supply chains; and human rights & social progress.
To read more and access the interactive report, click here.