International sef: Expert Workshop 2014

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New Alliances for Global Public Goods?
What emerging powers expect of Germany and the EU

09-10 September 2014 in Berlin

International relations have changed dramatically over the past years, with the result that we are currently facing deadlocks in some of the most important international negotiation processes. As the world’s most pressing problems continue to grow, it is of utmost importance to regain international capacity to act. Probably the most promising opportunity is provided through the consolidation of existing and the initiation of new coalitions amongst emerging and established middle powers.

In this year’s International sef: Expert Workshop “New Alliances for Global Public Goods? What emerging powers expect of Germany and the EU”, sef: in cooperation with Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research will therefore try to identify necessary preconditions as well as possible paths towards the building of new coalitions (or the consolidation of existing ones). In particular, we will turn our attention to coalitions between newly emerging middle powers and Germany as well as the European Union at large. Our main impetus is to identify what these powers expect from Germany and the EU as cooperating partners: How do they see their role in the initiation, installation and finally the operation of existing and new alliances? We will conclude the workshop with a final discussion round on how the recommendations coming out of it could be integrated in the future foreign policy strategies of Germany and the EU.

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Local partnerships to implement the SDGs

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On 5th and 6th December 2017, sef: will, together with the Service Agency Communities in One World (SKEW) of Engagement Global gGmbH, the Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia and other supporters, host its annual Bonn Symposium. What are good examples of partnerships within and between municipalities worldwide? What can be done to facilitate better knowledge sharing among municipalities– and how can networks of cities make a contribution here? These questions will be discussed with international representatives from municipalities, city networks as well as from academia, business and civil society. Register now!

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sef: Policy Lunch 2017

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"More advocacy work needed"

INTERVIEW WITH CEPHAS LUMINA
Former UN Independent Expert on Foreign Debt and Human Rights

In 2012, the Guiding Principles on Foreign Debt and Human Rights were endorsed by the UN Human Rights Council. What has happened since? What still has to be done? Professor Cephas Lumina, former UN Independent Expert on Foreign Debt and Human Rights assesses the current situation in a video interview with sef: on the occasion of an International sef: Expert Workshop  on “Human Rights and the Global Economy”. The interview is also available in written form as sef: insight.

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"Women are losing out"

INTERVIEW WITH RANJA SENGUPTA
Third World Network, New Delhi

In countries of the Global South, trade and investment agreements often have a negative effect on the weakest parts of society, in particular women. Why is this so? And how can unequal power relations that foster an economic system at the expense of the weakest be challenged? At a recent International sef: Expert Workshop, Ranja Sengupta shared the results of her research in India in a video interview. The interview is also available in written form as sef: insight.

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