On July 24, the Qatar-America Institute hosted a watch party for the Doha Debates forum on globalization. Doha Debates, a production of Qatar Foundation, is a series of discussions about urgent global topics such as refugee crisis, water scarcity, or gender inequality.
The debate on globalization featured three speakers with different perspectives: Sisonke Msimang, South African author and journalist focused on gender, race and democracy; Medea Benjamin, American co-founder of human rights group Global Exchange and peace group Code Pink; and Parag Khanna, Indian American author, journalist and founder of data-driven strategic firm FutureMap. The discussion was moderated by Ghida Fakhry, International broadcast journalist and award–winning presenter.
The panelists highlighted both positive and negative effects of globalization. A major theme throughout the debate was the fact that although globalization may have reduced extreme poverty globally, its positive impacts have not helped everyone. Some of the negative effects of globalization that were mentioned were its impact on the environment and on localities, and the inequality caused by corporate-led globalization.
The debate on globalization was held in Edinburgh, Scotland. Viewers around the globe were able to contribute to the debate using the hashtag #DearWorld on Twitter and vote online on the panelists’ positions. The next event will focus on climate change and water, and will be held in Cape Town, South Africa in September.
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