sef: Policy Papers

The publication series sef: Policy Paper was set in June 2012 after publication of the 36th edition. The sef: has established the new publication format Global Governance Spotlight at this time.

All issues of the sef: Policy Paper can be downloaded free of charge in pdf format.


Policy Paper 36
Sustainable Mobility

Recommendations for Future-Proof Transport Strategies
Jürgen Perschon

sef: April 2012

Policy Paper 35
Climate Change Adaptation

Challenges in Institutionalization and Financing
Pieter Pauw/Chinwe Ifejika Speranza/Isabel van de Sand/
Marcus Kaplan/Benjamin Schraven

sef: November 2011

Policy Paper 34
Towards Global Energy Governance

Strategies for Equitable Access to Sustainable Energy
Manfred Fischedick/Sylvia Borbonus/Hanna Scheck

sef: April 2011

Policy Paper 33
Tensions between Migrant Groups: Imported or Home-Grown?

Recommendations for municipal actors with reference to the Turkish-Kurdish conflict
Jan Hanrath

sef: February 2011

Policy Paper 32
Humanitarian Aid – A Tool to Build A Functioning State?

Policy Recommendations as a Response to the Haiti Disaster
Hans-Joachim Heintze

sef: April 2010

Policy Paper 31
From a Social to a Sustainable Market Economy

A new paradigm for the 21st century
Michael von Hauff

sef: May 2009

Policy Paper 30
Civil-Military Cooperation in Post-Conflict Rehabilitation and Reconstruction

Recommendations for Practical Action
Michael Brzoska/Hans-Georg Ehrhart

sef: November 2008

Policy Paper 29
Afghanistan: Policy Adjustments or Withdrawal?

Political Implications of the Escalation of Violence
Jochen Hippler

sef: September 2008

Policy Paper 28
The Responsibility to Protect as an Element of Peace

Recommendations for its Operationalisation
Sabine von Schorlemer
sef: December 2007

Policy Paper 27
Global Resource Management

Conflict Potential and Characteristics of a Global Governance Regime
Raimund Bleischwitz/Stefan Bringezu

sef: October 2007

Policy Paper 26
Justice and Solidarity in the Shadow of Globalisation

Options for Mature Economies
Friedhelm Hengsbach SJ.

sef: June 2007

Policy Paper 25
The Metropolises of the South: Laboratory for Innovations?

Towards better urban management with new alliances
Peter Herrle/Alexander Jachnow/Astrid Ley

sef: May 2006

Policy Paper 24
After the UN Reform Summit

Proposals to Strengthen Collective Action for Securing Peace
Lothar Brock/Tanja Brühl

sef: February 2006

Policy Paper 23
Between Ignorance and Intervention

Strategies and Dilemmas of External Actors in Fragile States
Tobias Debiel/Stephan Klingebiel/
Andreas Mehler/Ulrich Schneckener

sef: January 2005

Policy Paper 22
From Visions to Actions

The Future of EU-Russian Cooperation
Heinz Timmermann

sef: October 2004
- also published in Russian language -

Policy Paper 21
Europe and a Multipolar Global Governance

India and East Asia as New Partners?
Frank Biermann/Hans-Dieter Sohn

sef: April 2003

Policy Paper 20
Capacity Building

Possibilities and limitations of a cooperative instrument for the implementation of international law
Klaus Dicke
sef: March 2003

Policy Paper 19
World Politics at the Crossroads

The 11th of September 2001 and the Aftermath
Brigitte Hamm/Jochen Hippler/Dirk Messner/Christoph Weller
sef: March 2002

Policy Paper 18
Security for Europe Through Cooperation

Counter-Project to a Policy of Intervention
Hans Arnold
sef: June 2001

Policy Paper 17
Small Arms – A Challenge to World Peace

Peter Lock
sef: May 2001

Policy Paper 16
Multilateralism vs.Unilateralism

Cooperation vs.Hegemony in Transatlantic Relations
Franz Nuscheler
sef: January 2001

Policy Paper 15
Conflict Transformation

How International Assistance Can Contribute
Mary B. Anderson/Angelika Spelten
sef: December 2000

Policy Paper 14
The World Conferences and German Politics

A Contribution to Global Governance?
Brigitte Hamm/Thomas Fues
sef: November 2000

Policy Paper 13
Towards a Paradigm of Embedded Financial Liberalization

Interlocking the Wheels of Private and Public Finance
Inge Kaul
sef: December 1999

Policy Paper 12
Effective Crisis Prevention

Challenges for German Foreign and Development Policy
Tobias Debiel/Martina Fischer/Volker Matthies/Norbert Ropers
sef: June 1999

Policy Paper 11
Media Competence in the Age of Global Communication

In Search of a Political Framework for the European Information Society
Bernd-Peter Lange
sef: März 1999

Policy Paper 10
Getting Human Rights Enforced!

Calls to Action on the 50th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration
of Human Rights
Hans-Joachim Heintze
sef: November 1998

Policy Paper 9
Eine Weltorganisation für Umwelt und Entwicklung

Funktionen, Chancen, Probleme
Frank Biermann/Udo Ernst Simonis
sef: June 1998
- only published in German language -

Policy Paper 8
Von Nürnberg nach Rom

Auf dem Weg zu einem Internationalen Strafgerichtshof
Benjamin B. Ferencz
sef: May 1998
- only published in German language -

Policy Paper 7
Frieden durch Sanktionen?

Empfehlungen für die deutsche UN-Politik
Manfred Kulessa/Dorothee Starck
sef: Dezember 1997
- only published in German language -

Policy Paper 6
Rio plus 10

The German Contribution to a Global Strategy for Sustainable Development
Thomas Fues
sef: 1997

Policy Paper 5
Auf dem Weg in ein neues Europa

Die Erweiterung der Europäischen Union und die Transformation in Mittel- und Osteuropa
Hans-Jürgen Wagener/Heiko Fritz
sef: 1997
- only published in German language -

Policy Paper 4
Biopolitik für die Zukunft

Kooperation oder Konfrontation zwischen Nord und Süd
Andreas Gettkant/Udo E. Simonis/Jessica Suplie
sef: 1997
- only published in German language -

Policy Paper 3
Die Verflechtungen in den Mittel- und osteuropäischen
Grenzregionen als Beitrag zur Friedenssicherung

Günter Ermisch
sef: 1996
- only published in German language -

Policy Paper 2
Global Governance

Challenges to German Politics on the Threshold of the Twenty-First Century
Dirk Messner/Franz Nuscheler
sef: 1996

Policy Paper 1
Mit der WTO ins nächste Jahrhundert

Herausforderungen für die globale Handelspolitik
Margareta E. Kulessa/Jörn Altmann/Hartmut Elsenhans/Michael Windfuhr
sef: 1996
- only published in German language -


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.

:further info here

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. 

:further info here

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.

:further info here

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.

:further info here

“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.

:further info here