Bonn Symposium 2015

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Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals at the Local Level – Strategies and Mechanisms

17 to 18 November 2015
Deutsche Welle, Bonn

The UN General Assembly adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in September 2015. The SDGs follow on from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) but also take account of the outcomes of the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20). The new 2030 Agenda thus captures all aspects of sustainable development – i.e. its environmental, economic and social dimensions – and applies to developing, emerging and industrialised countries alike.

For all the world’s countries, this raises the question of how to implement the new goals. Their success will be determined not in the UN General Assembly or in cabinet but, above all, in towns and cities where people live and work. The Bonn Symposium 2015 therefore aims to provide a forum for a range of local stakeholders (policy-makers, administrators and civil society) to explore the opportunities and challenges arising from the new Sustainable Development Goals and, together, to discuss possible strategies and mechanisms for their implementation. It will focus particularly on the role of local sustainability strategies.

The Bonn Symposium has long stood for international dialogue among local stakeholders. The global dimension of the SDGs creates a need and, above all, an opportunity for mutual learning. Thanks to the MDGs, many municipalities in the Global South are already well-versed in implementing binding international commitments and in producing suitable strategies and are able to share this experience with their counterparts in Europe, including Germany.

The two-day Symposium will focus on the following questions:

  • Which Sustainable Development Goals have been adopted?
  • How are they to be implemented?
  • Which contribution can and must the municipalities around the world make to SDG implementation?
  • How might local management for sustainability look?
  • Which mechanisms, processes and resources are needed in this context?

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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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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