Introduction: Risks and Challenges

Global Vulnerabilities and Threats to “Human Security”
The theory of interdependence and the concept of vulnerability –
The “Janus head” of globalization – The rise of China and India:
new instabilities in the international system? – A new Cold War over
resources? – Environmental sensitivities and vulnerabilities –
Summary and Conclusions
Franz Nuscheler, Tobias Debiel, Dirk Messner


II. World Order and Peace

Fragile States and Peace-building
Conflicting contours of a fragmented world order –
Causes of war and state failure – External measures to stabilize fragile states
Tobias Debiel, Sascha Werthes


III. World Society and Development

Global Social Policy and Development
Social development in the era of globalization – Global social policy
and the Millennium Development Goals – Prospects for implementing
a global social policy
Thomas Fues


IV. World Economy and Natural Resources

International Raw Materials Markets: Rising Prices and
Growing Conflict Potential

The raw materials situation worldwide – The political economy
of international raw materials markets – Abundant raw materials –
a curse or a blessing for developing countries? – The challenge for
governance strategies: elements of sustainable resource management
Raimund Bleischwitz


V. Environmental Change and Transnational Spill-over Effects

Climate Change and Global Health Risks
Dimensions of global environmental change – Health impacts of
climate change – Unequal distribution of health impacts worldwide –
Adaptation to the health impacts of climate change – The options:
“Mitigation and Adaptation” or “Prevention and Treatment”? –
Global environmental policy: the most effective way to prevent health damage
Rainer Sauerborn


Notes on the Contributors


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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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“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.

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