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The SEF publishes short policy papers as well as in-depth publications in order to make the results of its work accessible to a wider interested public.

The SEF’s short publications are currently produced in two ongoing series:

GLOBAL GOVERNANCE SPOTLIGHT is a concise policy-oriented series whose purpose is to critique international negotiation processes from a global governance perspective. It is published 6-8 times a year in German and English.

sef: insight is an online publication to accompany key conferences hosted by sef:. It presents interviews with international experts as well as opinion pieces on pressing issues of local, regional and global governance. sef: insight aims at bringing perspectives from other world regions to the debate.

Enhancing this offer, the SEF produces the following in-depth publications at intervals of one to three years:

GLOBAL TRENDS is a standard work containing facts and figures and identifying trends and linkages between key developments in global society. Prepared in collaboration with the Institute for Development and Peace (INEF), it is published every three years in German, with an abridged version in English.

In addition to these regular series, the SEF produces SPECIAL PUBLICATIONS in book form on an occasional basis, as a contribution to the political and academic debate in Germany. 

Our previous publication series – the SEF POLICY PAPERS, the FOREIGN VOICES and the ONE World books – can be accessed via our website. These series will be discontinued from mid 2012.


sef: Bonn Symposium 2017

Local partnerships to implement the SDGs


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

Is a legally-binding UN Treaty on Business and Human Rights possible?


What is the state of the United Nations negotiations on a legally-binding Treaty on Business and Human Rights? What is the European Union’s position towards the negotiations taking place in October again? Experts will discuss the current developments at the sef: Policy Lunch on 20 November 2017. The event will take place in cooperation with CIDSE – International Alliance of Catholic Development Agencies at the Representation of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia to the EU in Brussels. Further information will follow soon.

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"More advocacy work needed"

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"

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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