International Responsibility in Crises and Conflicts

The growing dysfunctionalities in the international system are especially apparent during acute crises and conflicts, whose brutality dictates that they be resolved as swiftly as possible; current examples are Gaza, Iraq, (South) Sudan, Syria and Ukraine. Issues such as the international community’s responsibility to protect (R2P) and the European (and international) peace order thus arise with fresh urgency.

The Foundation explores these crises and challenges in its work. The world is currently experiencing brutal military conflicts whose effects, in terms of their significance for global governance, cannot yet be predicted with certainty and which are notable for the fact that the international community’s role is often confined to that of a helpless bystander. Events such as the Ebola crisis also pose massive threats to local and international security. This programme area therefore focuses on international responsibility and the world community’s potential responses to these challenges. For example, in light of recent developments, it considers whether anything remains of the much-debated responsibility to protect and how the international community should deal with refugee flows. The structural causes of national and regional erosion processes are also of interest.

A further question is how the new "Ice Age" which could potentially arise in international relations will impact on the European and international peace order.

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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