Bonn Symposium 2013


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


Strengthening Social Security in Africa


Numerous African countries have adopted measures to improve social protection in recent years. And a large number of relevant initiatives have been established at both regional and continental level. How successful are they and what are the challenges associated? What has to happen for initiatives to be effective on a broader scale? And what kind of support can the international community provide? We will discuss these questions with experts from politics, academia, business and civil society during this year’s Potsdam Spring Dialogues on 19/20 April 2018. Register now!

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Current challenges for democracies


In February 2018, the first Dresden Forum for International Politics took place. The new series is co-organised by the sef:, the Free State of Saxony, Engagement Global gGmbh and Foundation Frauenkirche Dresden. Around 80 experts from different world regions discussed current challenges for democracy. They focused on how to create and sustain peaceful societies in democracies. Read the conference report and further coverage online now!

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The Development and Peace Foundation (sef:) and the Institute for Development and Peace (INEF) are launching a new publications series: GLOBAL TRENDS. ANALYSIS. The new series aims to identify options for international policy action in an ever more complex world. Furthermore, it presents perspectives from different world regions. The series analyses current developments and challenges against the background of long-term political trends, and it illustrates facts with figures and tables. GLOBAL TRENDS. ANALYSIS is issued by a team of co-editors from different world regions. For more information, see our press release.

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Cooperation in a Post-Western World


The Western liberal order finds itself in deep crisis. Global power shifts are accelerating. What does this mean for the future of global cooperation? How can the wish for more national autonomy be reconciled with the need to cooperate in a globalised world? Can new forms of governance contribute to sustaining global cooperation? Michèle Roth and Cornelia Ulbert discuss these questions in the first issue of the new publication series GLOBAL TRENDS. ANALYSIS.

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How to overcome the impasse in UN Security Council reform


The urgently needed UN Security Council reform has been stuck for decades. Without a far-reaching structural change that includes the end of permanent seats and the veto, the Council is fading into irrelevance. But at a time of great power transitions, multipolarity without sufficient multilateralism is a dangerous trend. Therefore, in GLOBAL TRENDS. ANALYSIS 02|2018, Jakkie Cilliers calls for a political and intellectual leap to overcome the impasse in UN Security Council reform.

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