Global Trends 2010

Peace - Development - Environment

Tobias Debiel, Dirk Messner, 
Franz Nuscheler, Michèle Roth, 
Cornelia Ulbert (ed.)

Development and Peace Foundation
(Stiftung Entwicklung und Frieden - SEF)

Bonn 2010; 104 pp; 12.00 €; paperback
ISBN 978-3-927626-45-4

The global financial crisis has major implications for international politics at present. However, at a time when this specific issue is dominating the agenda, Global Trends 2010 aims to draw attention to longer-term developments which will also impact on our prosperity, security, opportunities for participation and, indeed, humankind’s prospects of survival now and, increasingly, in future. For that reason, besides focussing on the implications of the present global financial and economic crisis, the new edition highlights two further key challenges: new multipolar configurations of power, and impending climate change. The editors of Global Trends 2010 conclude that for the foreseeable future, there will not be “one” new system of global governance. This may not make the world any less complex but it could increase the prospects of achieving successful solutions to global problems.

Global Trends 2010 also makes it clear that in parallel to “casino capitalism”, fundamental power shifts, and the challenges posed by climate change, other trends are emerging which have developed over decades and are also likely to impact on future global governance. They include conflicting trends in the development of violent conflicts, a new wave of rearmament, and the growing significance of religion as a factor in global politics. Other notable trends include rapid urbanisation, the now central role of migration in the economies and societies of the countries of origin and host countries, and the widening gap between “health societies”, on the one hand, and world regions where infectious diseases are spreading rapidly, on the other. These trends with multisectoral impacts also include the globalisation of science and innovation processes.


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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