sef: Policy Lunch 2016

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From Shared Vision to Common Action.
Realizing the SDGs in the EU’s External Activities

More than a year after the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the call for an overarching EU strategy for implementing the 2030 Agenda is growing louder. But while there is still uncertainty about how the EU is going to answer this call in particular with regard to its internal dimension, the implementation of the sustainable development goals (SDGs) in the EU’s external activities is advancing. With the integration of the SDGs in the EU’s Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy and with the ongoing Revision of the European Consensus on Development, the EU has set clear signals. In its Global Strategy, the EU promises a “joined-up” approach in its different policy fields, thereby underlining the integrated character of the SDGs. Furthermore, on 14 September 2016, the European Commission proposed a European External Investment Plan (EEIP) to contribute to the achievement of the SGDs in cooperation with the private sector. The EEIP would bring together different European programmes in a single coherent framework and promises a comprehensive approach to risksharing instruments for investors.

Together with representatives from the EU and the European Parliament, as well as with experts from non-European countries and from civil society, we would like to assess the EU’s activities so far and the next steps to be taken.

In particular, we would like to focus on the following questions:

  1. What would be important steps for the EU to live up to the promises of the Global Stragegy with regard to the SDGs?
  2. Will the SDGs be adequately integrated in the revised European Consensus on Development?
  3. Which course does the finalization of the design of the EEIP take? Will it be able to live up to expectations?
  4. And is the current emphasis on the implementation of the SDG’s external dimension not contradictory to the universal spirit of the 2030 Agenda - with the risk that the EU loses credibility with its international partners?

Representation of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia to the EU

Monday, 7th November 2016

Conference language English

Cooperating Partner
CIDSE - International Alliance of Catholic Development Agencies, Brussels

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


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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