Conference programme

Conference languages German and English (simultaneous interpretation)

Leave no one behind. Agenda 2030:
a social policy mandate for the local level

Deutsche Welle, Bonn
24-25 November 2016

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Day 1

10.30 hrs Registration
Conference chaired by
Kate Müser
Deutsche Welle, Bonn
11.00 hrs Welcome and Opening
Agenda 2030 implementation as a
social policy mandate
12.30 hrs Lunch
14.00 hrs SESSION II
Inequality as a challenge for all political levels
15.30 hrs Coffee break
Group A
Equality of opportunity in education for children and youth
Group B
Preventing child and youth crime and violence
Group C
Gender equality
17.45 hrs SESSION IV
Strategies to deal with conflicts of interest in local politics

Cultural Programme

At the Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany
19.00 hrs Common walk to the Museum
19.30 hrs Guided Speed Tour through the Exhibition “The Rhine”
20.00 hrs Reception hosted by the Lord Mayor of the City of Bonn

Friday, 25 November 2016

Day 2

08.30 hrs Registration
Conference chaired by
Kate Müser
Deutsche Welle, Bonn
09.00 hrs SESSION VI
Agenda 2030 –
A social policy mandate for North Rhine-Westphalia
09.30 hrs SESSION VII
The SDGs as local social policy – best practices
10.45 hrs Coffee break
Group D
Demographic change
Group E
Affordable housing
Group F:
Fair procurement
12.45 hrs Coffee break with light refreshments
13.30 hrs SESSION IX
Migration – Integration – Participation
14.45 hrs SESSION X
15.00 hrs Symposium ends

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