Conference Programme

Detailed programme as pdf.


International Disaster Relief.
The challenges posed by fragile states and climate change

13-14 September 2012
Berlin Town Hall

Thursday, 13 September 2012

10.00 hrs Registration
11.00 hrs Welcome
11.20 hrs Part I
11.00 hrs Plenary Discussion
12.00 hrs Plenary discussion
12.45 hrs Lunch
14.00 hrs Part II
Necessary – But Too Much?
Disaster sc enarios: the international
community’s responsibility
14.15 hrs Plenary Discussion
15.00 hrs Coffee Break
16.30 hrs Part III
Do no harm!
Internati onal disaster relief in fragile states
17.30 hrs Plenary Discussion

Lecture and Reception

18.30 hrs Lecture
19.00 hrs Reception at the Berlin Town Hall
Hosted by Deutsche Gesellschaft für
Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

Friday, 14 September 2012

09.00 hrs Welcome
09.15 Part IV
Responsive and Preventive.
International disaster relief and climate change
10.15 hrs Plenary Discussion
11.15 hrs Coffee Break
11.45 hrs Part V
From Short-Term to Long-Term
Sustainable strategies for disaster relief in
fragile states and in response to climate change
12.30 hrs Plenary discussion
13.15 hrs Closing remarks by the organisers

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On 8th February 2018, we invite you to a public evening event at the famous Frauenkirche Dresden. The keynote on "Peace must grow from within – but how?" will be given by the UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura. Furthermore, Vera Baboun, former Mayor of Bethlehem, Tanja Gönner from GIZ and Hajer Sharief, Extremely Together Young Leader from Libya, will speak about their experience on the long and winding road to peaceful coexistence.

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sef: Bonn Symposium 2017

Local partnerships to implement Agenda 2030 worldwide


On 5th and 6th December 2017, sef: hosted, together with the Service Agency Communities in One World (SKEW) of Engagement Global gGmbH, the Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia and other supporters, its annual Bonn Symposium. More than 120 experts discussed good examples of partnerships within and between municipalities worldwide. You will find all speakers’ presentations here. A conference report will be published soon. 

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sef: Policy Lunch 2017

Possible UN-Treaty on Business and Human Rights


At the end of October, the third negotiations on a UN-Treaty on Business and Human Rights took place in Geneva. Goal of the negotiations is a legally binding instrument for States and Businesses. With a sef: Policy Lunch, sef: and CIDSE informed the Brussels community on the outcome of the negotiations on 20 November, and discussed the European positions. Our short conference report provides an overview.

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First Parliamentary Breakfast

sef: in dialogue with Members of Parliament in North Rhine-Westphalia

On 20 December 2017, sef: welcomed nearly 20 Members of the Parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia to a Parliamentary Breakfast. The Chairperson of the Executive Committee, Renate Hendricks, provided  an overview of the history of sef: and its current projects. The subsequent discussion focussed on possible links to the one world and sustainability policy of the federal state.

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“Sustaining Peace” – Current challenges for democracy


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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