GLOBSEC 2021 Bratislava Forum Summary

GLOBSEC is one of many organisations going through turbulent times – scaling down in activities and ambitions, reducing staff, losing a number of important partners and sponsorships. We keep pushing through difficult times to take a step forward to start rebuilding the world better.

To ensure the safety of all our guests at the GLOBSEC 2021 Bratislava Forum, we adopted comprehensive health and hygiene measures. Thanks to our healthcare partners, we tested all participants and organizers prior to their entry into the venue using PCR and Lamp tests – administering over 1600 tests in total. We successfully safeguarded the conference area using thermovision cameras, air purifiers and frequent disinfection of the premises.

The names and numbers of our speakers and audience say it all – participation of guests from 98 countries, over 100 of world media present, over 50 partners supporting us, 3 presidents visiting in person, 30 ministers of many government departments, and a large number of political representatives. We were thrilled that this year His Holiness, Pope Francis accepted our invitation and sent a powerful video message encouraging everyone to take the opportunity to come out of this crisis stronger and better than ever before.

The wide range of panel discussions of the GLOBSEC 2021 Bratislava Forum was delivered in a hybrid format over three days. Rather than synthesising the discussions in chronological order, this summary provides a useful overview of the panels under each of the key four pillars that need rebuilding after the crisis: Democratic Renewal & Rebuilding of Trust, Economic Growth & Recovery, Global Europe in a Post-Pandemic World, Tech Governance, and two focused streams that need further attention in the post-pandemic world: Security in the 21st Century and Resilience in Health.

You can find the full summary with all the highlights and remarks here.