Dresden Forum for International Politics 2018

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“Sustaining Peace“.
Current challenges for democracy

The first Dresden Forum for International Politics 2018 will seek to map out practical strategies in response to the critical challenges that democracies face worldwide, thereby strengthening their contribution to sustaining peace.


Public Evening Event
"Peace must grow from within – but how?"
Frauenkirche Dresden
8 February 2018 at 19:00 hrs

The programme of the public event can be found here.

You can register here.


Expert Conference
“Sustaining Peace“.
Current challenges for democracy

Haus der Kirche - Dreikönigskirche, Dresden
8/9 February 2018

- Participation is only possible by personal invitation. -

In case you are interested, please send an email to neubauer@sef-bonn.org.

A more detailed conference programme can be found here.


Partners and Sponsors

This event is co-financed by tax money based on the budget agreed upon by the members of the Saxon State Parliament.

The Dresden Forum Series

The Dresden Forum for International Politics will offer a high-level platform for discussion of current challenges in international politics and will be held once a year, starting in 2018. The purpose of the series is to add to the body of knowledge of current global processes and to raise awareness and understanding of the diversity of standpoints. The hallmark of the series will be its open-ended, solution-oriented debate about the options available to national and regional governments, Members of Parliament, civil society and the business sector in fostering peaceful and sustainable development worldwide.

The Dresden Forum will consist of an international symposium and a public evening session with distinguished speakers, the latter offering the opportunity for interested citizens to gain insights into current international debates and learn more about how issues are viewed in other regions of the world.


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