Conference programme

Conference languages: German and English

Displacement and Forced Migration –
Rethinking prevention

A detailed programme can be downloaded here

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

09.45 hrs Registration
10.15 hrs Welcome
Session I
A Global Challenge: International Responsibility and
Germany's Role in the Face of Rising Refugee Numbers
10.45 hrs Keynotes
11.15 Uhr Plenary discussion
Session II
The Causes of Displacement and Forced Migration:
The Historical Context
12.00 hrs Input
12.20 hrs Plenary discussion
13.00 hrs Lunch
Session III
Armed Conflict and Internal Repression
As Causes of Displacement
14.00 hrs Input
14.15 hrs Roundtable Talk
15.00 hrs Plenary discussion
16.00 hrs Coffee break
Session IV
Reducing the Appeal of Extremism –
Key Changes in Policy and Practice
16.30 hrs Input
16.45 hrs Roundtable Talk
17.30 hrs Plenary discussion


19.00 hrs Reception at the Berlin Town Hall
hosted by the Governing Mayor of Berlin

Thursday, 30 June 2016

09.00 hrs Registration
Session V
Environmental Chance Causing Forced Migration.
Prevention and Adaption
09.15 hrs Inputs
10.15 hrs Plenary discussion
11.00 hrs Coffee break with light refreshments
Session VI
Preventing Further Displacement.
Creating Prospects for Refugees in Neighbouring Countries
11.30 hrs Inputs
12.30 hrs Plenary discussion
Session VII
Towards Displacement-Sensitive Development and Foreign Policy?
13.15 hrs Outlook
13.30 hrs Closing remarks by the organisers

Peace must grow from within – but how?


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.

:further info here

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.

:further info here