11 January 2017
What is the social mandate of Agenda 2030? What are examples of good practice in local social policy? Representatives from municipalities around the world discussed these and other questions during the Bonn Symposium in November 2016. Read the results of the discussions now in our condensed conference report. ... :further info here
10 January 2017
Southern perspectives on the European crises
In recent years, it seems as if the EU has been unable to stop the crisis mode. The impacts of the global financial crisis have been flanked by an overall disagreement on a joint refugee and migration policy. A growing identity crisis has peaked in the Brexit vote. What are the consequences of a weakened EU for international processes? What are the impacts on the “Global South”? And what are external perspectives on the crises of the EU? Those and other questions will be discussed during the sef: Brussels Symposium 2017. ... :further info here
21 December 2016
NEW EDITION PUBLISHED
Today, the German government has adopted the “Action Plan on Business and Human Rights” which implements the UN Guiding Principles on the topic. The current edition of sef:/INEF News shows how difficult it is to assess the impact of enterprises along these Guiding Principles. ... :further info here
23 November 2016
The New Urban Agenda. What is its relevance for local and regional governments?
NEW SPOTLIGHT PUBLISHED
From 17-20 October 2016, representatives from almost 200 UN member states gathered in Quito on the occasion of Habitat III. They adopted the New Urban Agenda (NUA), a non-binding global framework connecting the dots between urbanization and sustainable development. Even though the NUA falls short of expectations as a clear implementation agenda, Michael Woodbridge and Monika Zimmermann argue that it can be of relevance to local and regional governments. In Global Governance Spotlight 7|2016, they furthermore explain how local actors can contribute to sustainable development irrespective of the further development of NUA. ... :further info here
09 November 2016
REGIONAL MIGRATION GOVERNANCE IN THE AFRICAN CONTINENT. CURRENT STATE OF AFFAIRS AND THE WAY FORWARD
sef: has published a study on regional migration governance in Africa.
The study gives an overview on migration legislation as well as policy initiatives and their implementation in West, East and Southern Africa. Further, it points to future scenarios of regional migration in Africa and gives political recommendations to external actors.
The Study has been submitted by the UNESCO-UNU Chair in Regional Integration, Migration and Free Movement of People of the University of Pretoria. ... :further info here