Preface by
Federal Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle


Editors' acknowledgments (pdf-download)



Global Governance Under Pressure:
Trends and Outlook

Global trends in the structures of governance – A new set of goals for global governance – Outlook: Global problem-solving against the backdrop of political and cultural differentiation
Tobias Debiel / Michèle Roth / Cornelia Ulbert

World Orders and Peace


Informalisation of World Politics?
Global Governance by Clubs

The informalisation of multilateral governance – The crisis of institutionalised multilateralism – Variants of informal global governance – Between informalisation and institutionalisation – Legitimacy and effectiveness of informal governance – Outlook and policy recommendations
Bernhard Rinke / Ulrich Schneckener

World Society and Development


Revolution 2.0?
The Role of Digital Media in Political Mobilisation and Protest

From "one-to-many" to "many-to-many"-the development of Web 2.0 and its political significance – Protest mobilisation and online communication in North Africa and the Middle East – The new media: between opportunities and risk
Jan Hanrath / Claus Leggewie

Global Sustainability and Crisis Prevention


Transforming the Global Energy System - Pathways Towards a
Sustainable Energy Supply

Rising CO2 emissions: the driving factors – Scenarios for the development of the global energy system – The atmosphere: a limiting factor – Options and costs of emissions reductions in the energy system – Economic governance challenges – Regional pioneers of a polycentric governance framework
Ottmar Edenhofer / Christian Flachsland


Food Security – A Global Challenge (pdf-download)

Resurgence of interest in rural development – Trend 1: Number of hungry people at highest level for decades and still rising – Trend 2: Rural areas: years of national and international neglect – Trend 3: From surplus to scarcity-evidence of a trend? – Trend 4: The new boom: investment in farming and agricultural commodities at a time of rising prices – Trend 5: Governance deficits at the national level-still a key factor – Trend 6: Weak global governance institutions in the food sector – Recommendations
Michael Windfuhr

Editors and Contributers


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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