Bonn Symposium 2013

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Local Actors and the Post-2015 Agenda.
Good local governance: a prerequisite for development?

With the adoption of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2000, around 190 heads of state and government undertook to combat extreme poverty in its various forms. The target date set for the achievement of these Goals – the end of 2015 – is rapidly approaching. There is already intense debate at both global and national level about the thematic focus that should be adopted for a new post-2015 agenda, with some key figures calling for a paradigm shift away from a purely development-based agenda towards a global agenda with responsibilities for industrial, emerging and developing countries alike. 

Whatever shape this new agenda may take, its implementation is a matter for the local level. Indeed, it is this level which will determine the agenda’s success or failure. If the paradigm shift becomes reality, the local authorities in the northern hemisphere – and therefore also in Germany and North Rhine-Westphalia – must become active players in implementing the future global sustainable development agenda.

The Bonn Symposium therefore aims to give future local stakeholders from various regions of the world an opportunity to discuss how the tasks that are likely to feature on the new development agenda can be addressed as democratically, transparently and effectively as possible.This must include an exploration of issues relating to citizens’ participation, as well as the legal, institutional and administrative conditions which must be in place for good governance, including good financial governance, at the local level.

In cooperation with:

Minister for Federal Affairs, Europe and the 
Media of North Rhine-Westphalia

Service Agency Communities in One World, Bonn

With support of:
Deutsche Welle

Co-financed by:
Land North Rhine-Westphalia
Federal City of Bonn

NEWS

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The opponents of global cooperation touch a nerve when they talk about global governance as an elitist project. The embedding of global governance at a societal level remains relatively weak. In our International sef: Expert Workshop 2018, we therefore aim to identify new strategies which could contribute to the progressive anchoring of global governance in society.

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The Global Refugee Crisis: Towards a just response

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sef: Policy Lunch 2018

The EU in Global Food Governance

REPORT ONLINE

Enough food is produced worldwide to feed humanity, yet more than 815 million people in the world are undernourished. What is the global vision for food and nutrition governance? What initiatives and reforms are being implemented? What role can the EU play?

sef: and CIDSE – International Alliance of Catholic Development Agencies discussed these questions during a Policy Lunch in Brussels. Read the report now!

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Strengthening Local Peacebuilding. Establishing the Basis for Sustaining Peace

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