Overview

With its events, the SEF provides a high-level international forum and network which bring together present and future political decision-makers and practitioners, their advisors, academic experts, civil society actors and the business community in an open dialogue. In this context, the SEF makes it a priority to include the perspective of the global South in the debate.

The Foundation's three major annual international conferences have become its trademark:

The POTSDAM SPRING DIALOGUES have taken place annually for more than 15 years and are now well-established as a forum for debate about regionalisation in Africa.

The BERLIN SUMMER DIALOGUES are held once a year in Berlin Town Hall. Over the coming years, they will be dedicated to the programme area "International Responsibility in Crises and Conflicts".

The annual BONN SYMPOSIUM is generally held towards the end of the year. It provides a forum for an international exchange of knowledge and experience about the development and implementation of the post-2015 agenda at the regional and local levels.

These three major events are supplemented by other conferences and workshops. They include the International Expert Workshops, which bring together a small group of international experts from politics, civil society and academia for a more in-depth exchange, the Workshops for Experts from the Federal States, which are designed specifically for development policy experts from across Germany, and the Policy Briefings, with which the Foundation has shown a presence in Brussels since 2013.

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sef: Bonn Symposium 2017

Local partnerships to implement the SDGs

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On 5th and 6th December 2017, sef: will, together with the Service Agency Communities in One World (SKEW) of Engagement Global gGmbH, the Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia and other supporters, host its annual Bonn Symposium. What are good examples of partnerships within and between municipalities worldwide? What can be done to facilitate better knowledge sharing among municipalities– and how can networks of cities make a contribution here? These questions will be discussed with international representatives from municipalities, city networks as well as from academia, business and civil society. Register now!

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sef: Policy Lunch 2017

Is a legally-binding UN Treaty on Business and Human Rights possible?

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What is the state of the United Nations negotiations on a legally-binding Treaty on Business and Human Rights? What is the European Union’s position towards the negotiations taking place in October again? Experts will discuss the current developments at the sef: Policy Lunch on 20 November 2017. The event will take place in cooperation with CIDSE – International Alliance of Catholic Development Agencies at the Representation of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia to the EU in Brussels. Further information will follow soon.


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"More advocacy work needed"

INTERVIEW WITH CEPHAS LUMINA
Former UN Independent Expert on Foreign Debt and Human Rights

In 2012, the Guiding Principles on Foreign Debt and Human Rights were endorsed by the UN Human Rights Council. What has happened since? What still has to be done? Professor Cephas Lumina, former UN Independent Expert on Foreign Debt and Human Rights assesses the current situation in a video interview with sef: on the occasion of an International sef: Expert Workshop  on “Human Rights and the Global Economy”. The interview is also available in written form as sef: insight.

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"Women are losing out"

INTERVIEW WITH RANJA SENGUPTA
Third World Network, New Delhi

In countries of the Global South, trade and investment agreements often have a negative effect on the weakest parts of society, in particular women. Why is this so? And how can unequal power relations that foster an economic system at the expense of the weakest be challenged? At a recent International sef: Expert Workshop, Ranja Sengupta shared the results of her research in India in a video interview. The interview is also available in written form as sef: insight.

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