Work programme for 2015 – 2020

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The end of history has not yet arrived. On the contrary, the world is changing ever more rapidly. Transnational problems are increasing, and many of the potential solutions and cooperative structures which looked promising only a few years ago are failing to produce results. Changed power relations are bringing new actors with different interests into play. This has a direct impact on the normative bases of global governance. The rules established by the Western powers are being rejected or at least challenged, but no consensus on new rules has emerged. The content, scope and universality of human rights are as controversial as the concept of national sovereignty, and even the – hitherto widely accepted – norms of international law are coming under pressure.

In parallel, the forums in which such questions were traditionally discussed, and which in most cases reflect the former dominance of Western actors, are being called into question. In their stead, a multitude of new and often informal forums, coalitions and groupings has formed. As a result, there is very little agreement among the world’s countries about the topics that should be addressed and the objectives that should be achieved, or indeed about the arenas in which these discussions should take place.

What’s more, non-state actors are steadily gaining in importance in many fields of relevance to global public goods. The logical imperatives guiding these players’ actions and cooperation are highly diverse, further increasing the complexity of, and creating fundamental challenges for, global governance.
Through its work, the Foundation explores and addresses these crises and challenges. The Foundation also stands for visionary thinking, prompting it to analyse the extent to which current global political changes offer new opportunities and how they can be utilised.

The African continent has been a regional focus of the Foundation’s interest for many years, and this will continue in future. A stated aim of the Potsdam Spring Dialogues is to follow African regional initiatives, and the Foundation therefore attaches great importance to dialogue with African experts in its other projects and programmes as well, wherever this is compatible with its thematic agenda.

The Foundation’s work focuses on three programme areas. The first deals primarily with the normative issues outlined above, while the other two have a thematic focus:

  1. Normative Challenges in Global Governance
  2. Universal Development Goals – Regional and Local Implementation
  3. International Responsibility in Crises and Conflicts
NEWS

“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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sef/INEF News November 2017

NEW EDITION PUBLISHED

We have just released a new edition of sef/INEF News. Find out more about our current events and publications!

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Human Rights and the Global Economy

REPORT PUBLISHED

The relationship between the global economy and human rights is complex. Too often, the latter fall by the wayside. Unequal power relations seem to be an important factor. On 07th and 8th September 2017, a group of international experts discussed in Bonn how to challenge structures that favour unequal power relations to the detriment of human rights. Read a summary of the discussions in our conference report!

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UN Compact for Migration: Unresolved issues

NEW GG-SPOTLIGHT PUBLISHED

At a UN Summit in September 2016, the Heads of State and Government endorsed a commitment to achieve a Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration by September 2018. How does the preparatory process look like? What are crucial issues still to be resolved? And what should the negotiators consider? Read the answers in this Global Governance Spotlight by Steffen Angenendt.

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