Global Trends 2015

Prospects for World Society

Michèle Roth, Cornelia Ulbert, Tobias Debiel (eds.)

Development and Peace Foundation, Institute for Development and Peace, Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research, May 2015
Full online edition: 322 pp. / Abridged print edition: 136 pp., ISBN 978-3-927626-47-8,
EUR 10,00

2015 is a year of major political decisions. Among other things, the international community has the opportunity to agree a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which will apply to ONE world – to the Global South and the Global North alike. These and other discussions are taking place at a time when the cooperative multilateralism practised since the 1990s is undergoing radical change, not least due to the rise of new economic powers. At the same time, the world increasingly appears to be a place of discord, with a resurgence of geopolitical conflicts and the strengthening of terrorist movements. Global Trends 2015 analyses these and other current developments in the context of long-term trends and identifies options for policy-making.

With Global Trends 2015, the Development and Peace Foundation (sef:) and the Institute for Development and Peace (INEF) continue their series of trend analyses in the fields of peace and security, world economy and society, and sustainable development, which they launched in 1991. As with previous editions, this standard work is based on a wealth of statistical data and information from a variety of international sources and presents its findings in a clear and accessible format. For Global Trends 2015, we have gained a further institutional co-publisher, the Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research (KHK), an interdisciplinary research institute at the University of Duisburg-Essen. An unabridged English translation of Global Trends will be available as an online publication for the first time.

NEWS

Peace must grow from within – but how?

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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

PRESENTATIONS NOW ONLINE

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

REPORT PUBLISHED

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

ANNOUNCEMENT

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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