Conference programme

Conference languages German and English (simultaneous interpretation)

Local Engagement for Development:
Prospects for a Post-2015 Agenda

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Day 1

09.30 hrs Registration
10.00 hrs Welcome by the organisers
10.30 hrs Session I: KEYNOTE
The post-2015 sustainable development agenda:
The current status of negotiations and
significance for the local level
10.50 hrs Session II: TOWNHALL MEETING
A global agenda for sustainable development:
Challenges and opportunities for municipalities
12.00 hrs Lunch break
13.30 hrs Session III
International negotiations in the spotlight:
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
and how to fund them
15.00 hrs Coffee break
15.30 hrs Session IV
Working Groups: Practical Engagement
17.30 hrs Coffee break
17.45 hrs Evaluation of working groups and discussion

Reception hosted by the City of Bonn

19.30 hrs Reception at the Old Town Hall Bonn

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Day 2

08.30 hrs Registration
09.00 hrs Brief wrap-up of Day 1 by the Chair
09.15 hrs Session V
Achieving more together –
The Multi-Level System:
Challenges and Opportunities
11.30 hrs Coffee break
12.00 hrs Session VI
Working Groups: The Post-2015 Agenda -
A new Opportunity
12.00 hrs Lunch break
15.20 hrs Session VII
Outlook - Global Goals for the Local Level
16.00 hrs Closing Remarks by the Organisers

Detailed conference programme

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The Global Refugee Crisis: Towards a just response


With their effort to keep refugees and migrants out of their territories, Western nations abdicate their historical and political responsibility, according to the analysis of the renowned Indian migration researcher B.S. Chimni in GLOBAL TRENDS. ANALYSIS 03|2018. Chimni therefore calls for a just response from the international community to the global refugee crisis. Such a response could only consist of a multidimensional strategy that had to be worked out in a genuine dialogue between all stakeholders.

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How to defend digital rights?


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. sef: discussed activists’ experiences from different world regions with ´Gbenga Sesan from Nigeria and Thomas Lohninger from Austria during a roundtable talk at the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum.

Read the most important results of the discussion in our short report

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