Conference results

© UN Foto/Carl Purcell

Conference report

Sustainable Development
From Principle to Practice
Eva Riedke

Bonn Memorandum 2008

Nachhaltige Entwicklung —
Vom Leitbild zur Umsetzung
SEF, GTZ, B.A.U.M. e.V.
- only in German language -


Statement (pdf)
Luc Gnacadja

Statement (pdf)
Michael Staaden
- only in German language -

Reception Speech
Sustainable Development – From Principle to Practice
Ulrich Kelber

Die Umsetzung des Leitbildes “Nachhaltige Entwicklung” (pdf)
Monika Wulf-Mathies
- only in German language -


The Realisation of Sustainable Development (pdf)
Chief Emeka Anyaoku

Bonn Conference Partners (pdf)
Thomas von dem Bruch
- only in German language -

Bionade (pdf)
Michael Garvs

LG’s taking note
As humanity, We share a Common future and a Common fate
Luc Gnacadja

Sustainability at Deutsche Post World Net (pdf)
Winfried Häser

Nachhaltige Entwicklung im Konferenzumfeld und praxisbezogene Umsetzung (pdf)
Lena Kolbe
- only in German language -

Doing together – learning together
Kruger to Canyons Biosphere Region (South Africa) and Rhön Biosphere Reserve (Germany)
Remember Makhubela/Doris Pokorny

Praktische Erfahrungen einer Multi-Stakeholder-Initiative für nachhaltigen Kaffee - Kraft Foods Deutschland GmbH (pdf)
Nicola Oppermann
- only in German language -

Praktische Erfahrungen einer Multi-Stakeholder-Initiative für nachhaltigen Kaffee - 4C Association (pdf)
Melanie Rutten
- only in German language -

UNESCO Biosphere Reserves
Model regions of world standing
Gertrud Sahler

“Advancing human security through knowledge-based
approaches to reducing vulnerability and environmental risks“
Dusam Sakulski

IHDP – A Network of Networks
The Global Environmental Change and Human Security Project (GECHS)
Falk Schmidt

Human Security and Sustainability as Learning Challenges (pdf)
Bernd Siebenhüner

Biosphere Reserves – People oriented conservation of biological
diversity Perspectives of German Development Cooperation
Konrad Uebelhör

Conference programme

Programme (pdf)
4-5 December 2008
Deutsche Welle, Bonn


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. 

:further info here

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.

:further info here

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.

:further info here

“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