Conference programme

Conference languages German and English (simultaneous interpretation)

Local Engagement for Development:
Prospects for a Post-2015 Agenda

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Day 1

09.30 hrs Registration
10.00 hrs Welcome by the organisers
10.30 hrs Session I: KEYNOTE
The post-2015 sustainable development agenda:
The current status of negotiations and
significance for the local level
10.50 hrs Session II: TOWNHALL MEETING
A global agenda for sustainable development:
Challenges and opportunities for municipalities
12.00 hrs Lunch break
13.30 hrs Session III
International negotiations in the spotlight:
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
and how to fund them
15.00 hrs Coffee break
15.30 hrs Session IV
Working Groups: Practical Engagement
17.30 hrs Coffee break
17.45 hrs Evaluation of working groups and discussion

Reception hosted by the City of Bonn

19.30 hrs Reception at the Old Town Hall Bonn

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Day 2

08.30 hrs Registration
09.00 hrs Brief wrap-up of Day 1 by the Chair
09.15 hrs Session V
Achieving more together –
The Multi-Level System:
Challenges and Opportunities
11.30 hrs Coffee break
12.00 hrs Session VI
Working Groups: The Post-2015 Agenda -
A new Opportunity
12.00 hrs Lunch break
15.20 hrs Session VII
Outlook - Global Goals for the Local Level
16.00 hrs Closing Remarks by the Organisers

Detailed conference programme

You can download the programme (pdf) here.


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