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WDA Forum 2016 "Our Next World"

The 10th WDA Forum took place in St Gallen, Switzerland, 29-31 August 2016. The WDA Forum 2016 brought together the world’s leading academics, business leaders, politicians and engaged members of the civil society to raise awareness and generate solutions for one of the most critical megatrends facing our planet in the 21st century: demographic change.

Professor Sarah Harper has chaired a session on ‘The Dimensions of Geopolitics: Different Qualities - Different Quantities, Europe and Americas’. This session explored population trends in both Europe and the US discussing the types of policy reform which are required, and the manner in which these policies may be implemented – especially in the context of still fragile economies post financial crisis - addressing the various consequences for the labour market, health and social care, education, and families.

About the WDA Forum
Population trends as well as ageing and generational issues are among the key challenges of the 21st century but also a source of unique opportunities. With a vision of maintaining and enhancing welfare and prosperity in the future, the WDA Forum aims to address and research these demographic issues and their impact on the social, economic and political environment in the international context. To this end, it has defined five areas of action: work life, retirement plans, financial markets, health and competitiveness. As a think tank, the WDA Forum works closely with the Institute of Insurance Economics at the University of St.Gallen as well as other educational and research institutions including the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, Stanford University in California and Fudan University in Shanghai. The WDA Forum was established in 2002 and is based in St.Gallen.
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