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25th Anniversary of the sef: Discussion with Rainer Burchardt (Chair) Anke Brunn, Gernot Erler and Franz Nuscheler
© sef/Thomas Ecke
Foto mit Brandt, Biedenkopf und Rau bei der Gründung

The Development and Peace Foundation (sef:) aims to shape policy responses to the complex challenges arising in a globalised world. Its overarching goal is to contribute to worldwide peace and sustainable development based on social justice, human dignity and a respectful approach to the environment and natural resources.

The Foundation sees itself as an international forum for shared independent and creative thinking on urgent peace and development issues. It brings together present and future policy-makers and practitioners, their advisors, academic experts, civil society actors and the business community in a structured dialogue. In so doing, it mediates between different sectors, spheres of life and political levels and between academics, policy-makers and civil society. The Foundation makes it a priority to include views and perspectives from the Global South in the political debate.

Its global governance perspective is fundamental to the Foundation’s agenda. The Foundation turns attention in particular to the coordination, cooperation and, indeed, competition between the local, national, regional and global levels and between state and non-state actors, in order to address the urgent problems facing the world and shape the future in a responsible manner. It also explores forms of resistance to global cooperation and examines alternative models.

The Development and Peace Foundation is a cross-party organisation funded by the federal states of Berlin, Brandenburg, North Rhine-Westphalia and Saxony.

Approach

In an era characterised by pressure to act and rapid decision-making, the – mostly international – events organised by the Foundation provide a space for informal, open but also focused dialogue. Its core tasks are to establish the thematic framework and provide a structure for the debate, and to identify and bring together relevant discussion partners from a range of disciplines.

The purpose of the discussions initiated by the Development and Peace Foundation is to promote creative reflection on potential solutions and thus to provide guidance and support – but not policy advice in a narrower sense – for decision-makers and their advisors in the political arena. In a best-case scenario, although this is by no means obligatory, practical recommendations for policy-makers and civil society are proposed within this framework.

Mediating between academics and practitioners in the political and economic spheres is one of the Foundation’s key priorities. It also facilitates the “trickle-down” of global debates and agreements to the regional and local levels.

In order to make the results of its work accessible to a wider interested public, the Foundation produces short policy papers, an annual report entitled Perspektiven auf Global Governance [published in German only], and the in-depth Global Trends, which is published in book form every three years.

NEWS

sef: Bonn Symposium 2017

Local partnerships to implement the SDGs

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On 5th and 6th December 2017, sef: will, together with the Service Agency Communities in One World (SKEW) of Engagement Global gGmbH, the Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia and other supporters, host its annual Bonn Symposium. What are good examples of partnerships within and between municipalities worldwide? What can be done to facilitate better knowledge sharing among municipalities– and how can networks of cities make a contribution here? These questions will be discussed with international representatives from municipalities, city networks as well as from academia, business and civil society. Register now!

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sef: Policy Lunch 2017

Is a legally-binding UN Treaty on Business and Human Rights possible?

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What is the state of the United Nations negotiations on a legally-binding Treaty on Business and Human Rights? What is the European Union’s position towards the negotiations taking place in October again? Experts will discuss the current developments at the sef: Policy Lunch on 20 November 2017. The event will take place in cooperation with CIDSE – International Alliance of Catholic Development Agencies at the Representation of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia to the EU in Brussels. Further information will follow soon.


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"More advocacy work needed"

INTERVIEW WITH CEPHAS LUMINA
Former UN Independent Expert on Foreign Debt and Human Rights

In 2012, the Guiding Principles on Foreign Debt and Human Rights were endorsed by the UN Human Rights Council. What has happened since? What still has to be done? Professor Cephas Lumina, former UN Independent Expert on Foreign Debt and Human Rights assesses the current situation in a video interview with sef: on the occasion of an International sef: Expert Workshop  on “Human Rights and the Global Economy”. The interview is also available in written form as sef: insight.

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"Women are losing out"

INTERVIEW WITH RANJA SENGUPTA
Third World Network, New Delhi

In countries of the Global South, trade and investment agreements often have a negative effect on the weakest parts of society, in particular women. Why is this so? And how can unequal power relations that foster an economic system at the expense of the weakest be challenged? At a recent International sef: Expert Workshop, Ranja Sengupta shared the results of her research in India in a video interview. The interview is also available in written form as sef: insight.

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