Bonn Symposium

Bonn Symposium 2017

Local partnerships. Working together to
implement Agenda 2030 worldwide
Deutsche Welle, Bonn
5-6 December 2017

Bonn Symposium 2016

Leave no one behind. Agenda 2030:
a social policy mandate for the local level
Deutsche Welle, Bonn
24-25 November 2016

Bonn Symposium 2015

Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals at the Local Level –
Strategies and Mechanisms
17-18 November 2015
Deutsche Welle, Bonn

Bonn Symposium 2014

Local Engagement for Development:
Prospects for a Post-2015 Agenda
26-27 November 2014
Deutsche Welle, Bonn

Bonn Symposium 2013

Local Actors and the Post-2015 Agenda.
Good local governance: a prerequisite for development?
28-29 November 2013
Deutsche Welle, Bonn

Bonn Symposium 2008-2012

Five-year project series on "Sustainable Development"

UN Treaty on business and human rights 


The United Nations started negotiating a possible legally binding treaty on business and human rights in 2014.The last session of the UN working group in October 2017 discussed, for the first time, elements of a possible treaty.  In the current edition of our Global Governance Spotlight series, Carlos López analyses the state of the negotiations and crucial challenges. 

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sef: Bonn Symposium 2017

Local partnerships to implement Agenda 2030 worldwide


In 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. Read the conference report and have a look at the speakers’ presentations.

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sef: insights 7-9|2017


On the sidelines of the Bonn Symposium 2017 we had the chance to interview three international experts on local SDG implementation.

Mariam Yunusa, former Director of the World Urban Forum, speaks about why it is so important to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through local partnerships. Tasneem Essop elaborates on her motivation for the founding of the Energy Democracy Initiative in South Africa. And Abdihakim Ainte explains how he plans to equip young Somalis with better prospects for their future by conveying the SDGs. 

Read the interviews here!

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