Overview

With its events, the SEF provides a high-level international forum and network which bring together present and future political decision-makers and practitioners, their advisors, academic experts, civil society actors and the business community in an open dialogue. In this context, the SEF makes it a priority to include the perspective of the global South in the debate.

The Foundation's three major annual international conferences have become its trademark:

 

The DRESDEN FORUM FOR INTERNATIONAL POLITICS will offer a high-level platform for discussion of current challenges in international politics and will be held once a year, starting in 2018. The purpose of the series is to add to the body of knowledge of current global processes and to raise awareness and understanding of the diversity of standpoints:

The POTSDAM SPRING DIALOGUES have taken place annually for more than 15 years and are now well-established as a forum for debate about regionalisation in Africa.

The BERLIN SUMMER DIALOGUES are held once a year in Berlin Town Hall. Over the coming years, they will be dedicated to the programme area "International Responsibility in Crises and Conflicts".

The annual BONN SYMPOSIUM is generally held towards the end of the year. It provides a forum for an international exchange of knowledge and experience about the development and implementation of the post-2015 agenda at the regional and local levels.

These three major events are supplemented by other conferences and workshops. They include the International Expert Workshops, which bring together a small group of international experts from politics, civil society and academia for a more in-depth exchange, the Workshops for Experts from the Federal States, which are designed specifically for development policy experts from across Germany, and the Policy Briefings, with which the Foundation has shown a presence in Brussels since 2013.

NEWS

sef: insights 3-4|2018

NEW PUBLICATIONS

During the Potsdam Spring Dialogues we spoke to two experts about innovative measures of social protection. Nkateko Chauke elaborates in the interview how a Basic Income Grant for the SADC region might work. Raquel Tebaldi gives recommendations how social protection might cover women better.

Read the interviews as sef: insights or watch them as videos!

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How to defend digital rights?

sef: HOSTS SESSION

Internet freedom is threatened in many states by restrictions to net neutrality or by governments shutting down internet applications. But there are rays of hope. In different world regions, civil society is mobilizing to protect net neutrality or to fight digital rights abuses in the courts. What do activists’ experiences from Europe and Africa have in common? What can journalists and the media contribute?

sef: will discuss these questions with experts from around the globe at a roundtable talk during the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum. Register now!

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Strengthening Local Peacebuilding

EXPERT CONFERENCE ON 29/30 May 2018

The Berlin Summer Dialogue on 29 and 30 May 2018 will discuss the chances and challenges of local peacebuilding as the basis for sustaining peace., with a particular focus on the participation of women and youth. In addition, we will look at useful support for local peace initiatives from outside. Further information and the programme can be found here. Participation by invitation only.

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Public Evening Event

The role of local media in armed conflict

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The media have a responsibility to report sensitively on conflicts and diverse social groups. The spread of disinformation or “fake news” can escalate conflicts. It is important to raise media professionals’ awareness of conflict-sensitive, peace-oriented journalism. At a public evening event during the Berlin Summer Dialogue, we would like to discuss opportunities and limits of a peace-oriented reporting with media experts working in conflict zones Register now!

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Sustaining Peace. Can a new approach change the UN? 

NEW ISSUE PUBLISHED

The world is facing enormous challenges in light of protracted crises and conflicts. The United Nations are looking for answers with the new ‘sustaining peace’ approach. What are the chances of the new approach to change the UN and create sustainable peace? The new Global Governance Spotlight written by Cedric de Coning offers a current overview.

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