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 DRESDEN FORUM FOR INTERNATIONAL POLITICS will offer a high-level platform for discussion of current challenges in international politics and will be held once a year, starting in 2018. The purpose of the series is to add to the body of knowledge of current global processes and to raise awareness and understanding of the diversity of standpoints:

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.

NEWS

“Sustaining Peace” – Current challenges for democracy

ANNOUNCEMENT

2018 will be the start of a new high-level sef: series called Dresden Forum for International Politics. On 8/9 February 2018, international experts will convene to discuss current challenges for democracies. What are possible pathways towards lasting peace and nonviolent societies? Staffan de Mistura, UN Special Envoy for Syria, and Steve Killelea, Publisher of the Global Peace Index, have already confirmed their participation.

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sef/INEF News November 2017

NEW EDITION PUBLISHED

We have just released a new edition of sef/INEF News. Find out more about our current events and publications!

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Human Rights and the Global Economy

REPORT PUBLISHED

The relationship between the global economy and human rights is complex. Too often, the latter fall by the wayside. Unequal power relations seem to be an important factor. On 07th and 8th September 2017, a group of international experts discussed in Bonn how to challenge structures that favour unequal power relations to the detriment of human rights. Read a summary of the discussions in our conference report!

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UN Compact for Migration: Unresolved issues

NEW GG-SPOTLIGHT PUBLISHED

At a UN Summit in September 2016, the Heads of State and Government endorsed a commitment to achieve a Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration by September 2018. How does the preparatory process look like? What are crucial issues still to be resolved? And what should the negotiators consider? Read the answers in this Global Governance Spotlight by Steffen Angenendt.

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