Editors and Authors

Professor Raimund Bleischwitz
Born 1961, Vice-Director of the Research Group "Material Flows and Resource Management" at Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, and Toyota Chair for Industry and Sustainability at the College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium.

Professor Tobias Debiel
Born 1963, Professor in International Relations and Development Policy at the Institute of Political Science, University of Duisburg-Essen, and Director of the Institute for Development and Peace (INEF), Duisburg.

Dr Thomas Fues
Born 1952, Senior Researcher at the German Development Institute (DIE), Bonn.

Professor Dirk Messner
Born 1962, Director of the German Development Institute (DIE), Bonn; Member of the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU); lecturer in political science at the University of Duisburg-Essen.

Emeritus Professor Franz Nuscheler
Born 1938, Deputy Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Development and Peace Foundation (SEF), Bonn, and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Development and Peace (INEF), Duisburg.

Professor Rainer Sauerborn
Born 1952, Chair and Director of the Department of Tropical Hygiene and Public Health at Heidelberg University.

Sascha Werthes
Born 1974, Associate Fellow at the Institute for Development and Peace (INEF), Duisburg, and spokesperson for the Working Group on Human Security, University of Marburg.


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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