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2023 Concordia Annual Summit Report

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As we gathered in New York City this September alongside the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly, we urged the participants of the 13th Concordia Annual Summit to keep in mind what is happening in the world today. There seems to be an unending series of negative themes or a lack of solutions to the challenges we’re facing. The fact is, nothing gets done without that human-to-human contact, and nothing gets done to the level that we need it to get done, without public-private sector collaboration, without dialogue, and without forums that bring us together. 

The Concordia Annual Summit has grown into one of the leading summits alongside the United Nations General Assembly. There is only one week each year that the majority of the world’s heads of government, prime ministers, and presidents come to one city and one place. That presents a remarkable opportunity when we think about the creation of solutions to the many challenges we face as a global community. 

At Concordia, our founding tenet is focused on public-private sector cooperation and market-led solutions to the most complex global issues – at a time when we’ve never needed it more. Our 2023 Annual Summit brought together over 2,500 attendees and over 250 speakers, from across 90 countries, across three days in New York City. Through keynote discussions, interviews, panels, and a wealth of networking opportunities, we sparked ideas, prompted debate, and formed partnerships shaping the future of our globe. 

Thank you to our Programming Sponsors and Partners, Members, and Speakers, along with our Leadership Council, Advisors, and Senior Advisors, for their dedication, insight, and expertise. We hope you find our 2023 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 over the coming weeks and months as we build an impactful agenda for 2024. 

MAS Signature Black e1635533242114 - 2023 Concordia Annual Summit ReportMatthew A. Swift

Co-Founder, President & CEO

NML Signature Black e1635533278508 - 2023 Concordia Annual Summit ReportNicholas  M. Logothetis

Co-Founder & Chairman of the Board

Programming Themes


sport white - 2023 Concordia Annual Summit ReportStable, prosperous, and resilient communities are built through engaged and connected citizens who have confidence in their power to actively participate in shaping their social, economic, and political future. In this digital era, access to education is key to ensuring young citizens, especially disempowered young women, are included and engaged in civic society, local and national economies, and global development strategies. Furthermore, cultural diplomacy is essential to bringing people together as well as sustaining and improving relations across different cultures. How can governments, NGOs, and businesses engage with a diverse set of youth leaders to develop solutions and promote sustainable impact?


state building - 2023 Concordia Annual Summit ReportThroughout the world, but especially in the U.S., the fragility of democracy has been a highly discussed topic in recent months. From one of the most competitive elections in America’s history to the growing refugee crisis around the world, rebuilding trust in democratic institutions and maintaining national security are top of mind for governments and citizens alike. A focus on redefining foreign policy and collaboration between countries, as well as a sense of domestic peace and security, will be high on governmental agendas throughout the world. How can political parties in divided countries come together to combat the rampant mis- and disinformation running across all levels of societal discourse? How can initiatives designed to situate women as key actors in preventing conflict, promoting peace, and countering violent extremism effect a change? What role does technology like artificial intelligence play in navigating geopolitical risk and policy making? And, how can sectors and multilateral organizations work together to strengthen democracy and national security in a time that seems so fraught with threat and conflict?


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water drop white - 2023 Concordia Annual Summit ReportAcross the globe, investors and companies are waking up to the real physical and regulatory risks—and potential opportunities—posed by a warming climate. Accelerating this shift is the pandemic. With many of the root causes of climate change increasing the risk of pandemics, the outbreak of COVID-19 has caused individuals to become acutely aware of the intricate relationship between pandemics and planetary health, amplifying the importance of environmental sustainability in guaranteeing a healthy future. While widely acknowledged that those organizations that employ sustainable practices will be the most profitable in the long run, implementation is another story. Widespread adoption will require trust in our institutions to provide the framework within which we will adapt, and to continue to innovate across all sectors in order to mitigate the environmental impacts already in motion, while at the same time ensuring that environment-related inequalities pertaining to race, gender, and socioeconomic status are addressed. What common misconceptions exist? And what challenges must be overcome to gain support?


upward trend - 2023 Concordia Annual Summit ReportIn addition to a profound global health crisis, the COVID-19 pandemic brought about an economic crisis of great magnitude from which it will take time to recover. This economic and social crisis exacerbated existing needs within society, such as those for greater financial inclusion among women and minorities and for strengthening small and medium-sized enterprises, which represent close to 90% of businesses and more than 50% of employment globally. It also led to a declining trust in public institutions, due to a rise in unemployment and increase in government debt. How can we best navigate this global recession to avoid the continuing fall in GDP of different countries? How will emerging economies be impacted in the long term? And, how can opportunity zones create more socially-minded investors and generate wealth for diverse communities?


world in change 768x768 - 2023 Concordia Annual Summit ReportTrust in modern institutions and economies has shifted global dynamics, not only in terms of how we connect with others, but also in how we exchange and produce goods. Ongoing trade wars between nations and regions, interruptions in supply chains, confidence at the regulatory level, and the economic stability of the manufacturing sector are constantly evolving with the political and social landscape. How will the global desire for connectivity and innovation in trade prompt the dynamic movement of supply chains? How can we tackle human rights issues across global supply chains? And, what new trends are on the horizon?


apple 768x768 - 2023 Concordia Annual Summit ReportThe pandemic has exposed weaknesses in public institutions and health systems around the world and deep health disparities along divides of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and gender. Both the palpable strain on physical health systems and structures and the more subtle effects on social relations and mental health must be considered in measuring the health impact of this time. Research on past epidemics reveals a wide range of psychosocial consequences at the individual and population level but also emphasizes the importance of psychological resilience in recovery. As we think about how to foster an equitable pandemic recovery, how do we design our public health systems, incentivize preparedness and prevention, and create partnerships in the service of a healthier, more resilient society? And, how do we protect the integrity of our institutions against actors with the ability to weaponize fear and anxiety, for a prepared future we can be confident in?


scales 768x768 - 2023 Concordia Annual Summit ReportIntegral to truly sustainable global development and positive social impact is a need for fundamental human rights to be universally protected. Today, we’re increasingly witnessing a tension between the rapid economic and technological growth of the 21st century and the rising levels of socioeconomic inequality and public distrust around the world. Without freedom of expression, movement, public discourse, and the fair and free rule of law, global prosperity is untenable. How can cross-sector collaboration help resolve social tensions and advance racial and gender equality and equity around the world?


satellite - 2023 Concordia Annual Summit ReportDependency on technology has surged amid the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. A sudden change in how we connect with others highlighted the need for a tech-savvy economy and a digital transformation that meets social needs, whilst fostering a new platform of dialogue that went consistently unchecked and could sow the seeds of public distrust. It also called attention to a socioeconomic divide, which could threaten the ability to grow wealth in a digitized economy, in addition to a deepening gender divide, particularly in developing countries. What doubts remain about the role of technology in society, especially in terms of data privacy, closing social gaps with connectivity, and the need for a solid digital infrastructure in workforce development?


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