Professor Ottmar Edenhofer
Born in 1961, studied economics and philosophy at the University of Munich and Munich School of Philosophy; Deputy Director and Chair of Research Domain III – Sustainable Solutions at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Professor of the Economics of Climate Change at the Technische Universität Berlin, Director of the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC), and Co-Chair of Working Group III of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

Dr Christian Flachsland
Born in 1980, studied sociology, economics and philosophy at the Universities of Potsdam, Frankfurt/Main and Stockholm; Co-Head of a Working Group at the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC)

Jan Hanrath
Born in 1978, studied political science, European law and psychology at the Universities of Duisburg and Accra; Researcher at the Institute for Development and Peace (INEF), University of Duisburg-Essen

Professor Claus Leggewie
Born in 1950, studied history and sociology at the University of Cologne; doctoral and post-doctoral studies in political science at the University of Göttingen; Professor of Political Science at the University of Giessen and Director of the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI), Essen

Dr Bernhard Rinke
Born in 1969, studied political science, geography and communication science at the University of Münster; Executive Director of the Centre for Democracy and Peace Research (ZeDF), University of Osnabrück

Professor Ulrich Schneckener
Born in 1968, studied political science, sociology and history at the Universities of Mainz, Leipzig, Berlin and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE); Professor of International Relations and Peace and Conflict Research, Director of the Centre for Democracy and Peace Research, University of Osnabrück

Michael Windfuhr
Born in 1961, studied political science, German and geography in Heidelberg; Deputy Director of the German Institute for Human Rights, Berlin


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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