sef: Publication series

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sef: publishes short policy papers as well as in-depth publications in order to make the results of its work accessible to a wider interested public.

sef:’s short publications are currently produced in two ongoing series:

Global Governance Spotlight concisely assesses selected international negotiation processes from a global governance perspective. It is published around 6 times a year in German and English.

sef: insight presents interviews with international experts and opinion pieces from different world regions.

Complementing this range of brief formats, the sef: produces the following in-depth publication series:

GLOBAL TRENDS. ANALYSIS links current developments to long-term trends in global society. Based on facts and figures, it offers guidance and perspectives to policy-makers and society at large. For a detailed description of this latest sef: publications series, please have a look at the press release on the occasion of its launch.

In addition to these regular series, sef: offers special publications in book or booklet form on an occasional basis, as a contribution to the political and academic debate in Germany.

Our previous publication series – the GLOBAL TRENDS, the Policy Papers, the Foreign Voices and the ONE World books – can be accessed via our website. These series have been discontinued.

The latest publications by the Institute for Development and Peace (INEF) can be found here:


UN Treaty on business and human rights 


The United Nations started negotiating a possible legally binding treaty on business and human rights in 2014.The last session of the UN working group in October 2017 discussed, for the first time, elements of a possible treaty.  In the current edition of our Global Governance Spotlight series, Carlos López analyses the state of the negotiations and crucial challenges. 

:further info here

sef: Bonn Symposium 2017

Local partnerships to implement Agenda 2030 worldwide


In December 2017, sef: hosted, together with the Service Agency Communities in One World (SKEW) of Engagement Global gGmbH, the Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia and other supporters, its annual Bonn Symposium. More than 120 experts discussed good examples of partnerships within and between municipalities worldwide. Read the conference report and have a look at the speakers’ presentations.

:further info here

sef: insights 7-9|2017


On the sidelines of the Bonn Symposium 2017 we had the chance to interview three international experts on local SDG implementation.

Mariam Yunusa, former Director of the World Urban Forum, speaks about why it is so important to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through local partnerships. Tasneem Essop elaborates on her motivation for the founding of the Energy Democracy Initiative in South Africa. And Abdihakim Ainte explains how he plans to equip young Somalis with better prospects for their future by conveying the SDGs. 

Read the interviews here!

:further info here