SEF Expert Workshop 2013

Shifting Parameters. The Post-2015 Process and the Future of International Cooperation for Development

12-13 September 2013 in Berlin

 

Entitled “Shifting Parameters. The Post-2015 Process and the Future of International Cooperation” this year’s SEF expert workshop will take place from 12-13 September 2013 in Berlin.

International development cooperation and its parameters have been the subject of intense and critical debate for many years, and this process is certainly not over yet. At present, the “post-2015 agenda” is the focal point of this debate. At the same time, permanent power shifts in the international system are emerging which will change the face of international cooperation in future.

Two weeks before the MDG Summit 2013 and the first session of the new High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, the workshop will review progress to date. How has the manner in which sustainable development issues are discussed worldwide changed? Is the new stakeholder landscape reflected in more participatory processes, and if so, what are the outcomes? Does the new diversity also harbour the risk that progress will be retrograde, for example by lowering the standards that previously applied?

These and further questions will be explored at our Expert Workshop by around 25 selected international academics, policymakers and practitioners, who will consider these issues primarily from the standpoint of individual stakeholder groups.

After an introductory session in which representatives of these various groups briefly evaluate the post-2015 process to date, an open discussion will take place, focusing on the basic principles and structures required for problem-oriented international cooperation for development under changed geopolitical conditions.

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