Global Trends 2010

Peace - Development - Environment

Tobias Debiel, Dirk Messner, 
Franz Nuscheler, Michèle Roth, 
Cornelia Ulbert (ed.)

Development and Peace Foundation
(Stiftung Entwicklung und Frieden - SEF)

Bonn 2010; 104 pp; 12.00 €; paperback
ISBN 978-3-927626-45-4

The global financial crisis has major implications for international politics at present. However, at a time when this specific issue is dominating the agenda, Global Trends 2010 aims to draw attention to longer-term developments which will also impact on our prosperity, security, opportunities for participation and, indeed, humankind’s prospects of survival now and, increasingly, in future. For that reason, besides focussing on the implications of the present global financial and economic crisis, the new edition highlights two further key challenges: new multipolar configurations of power, and impending climate change. The editors of Global Trends 2010 conclude that for the foreseeable future, there will not be “one” new system of global governance. This may not make the world any less complex but it could increase the prospects of achieving successful solutions to global problems.

Global Trends 2010 also makes it clear that in parallel to “casino capitalism”, fundamental power shifts, and the challenges posed by climate change, other trends are emerging which have developed over decades and are also likely to impact on future global governance. They include conflicting trends in the development of violent conflicts, a new wave of rearmament, and the growing significance of religion as a factor in global politics. Other notable trends include rapid urbanisation, the now central role of migration in the economies and societies of the countries of origin and host countries, and the widening gap between “health societies”, on the one hand, and world regions where infectious diseases are spreading rapidly, on the other. These trends with multisectoral impacts also include the globalisation of science and innovation processes.


sef: Policy Lunch

The EU in Global Food Governance


Enough food is produced worldwide to feed humanity, yet more than 815 million people in the world are undernourished. What is the global vision for food and nutrition governance? What initiatives and reforms are being implemented? What role can the EU play?

sef: and CIDSE – International Alliance of Catholic Development Agencies will debate these questions during a Policy Lunch in Brussels on 12 July 2018. Register now!

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Strengthening Social Security in Africa


Social protection is a human right. However, it is only a reality for about one fifth of the people living in Africa. What initiatives have been established at continental, regional and national level in recent years? How successful are they and what are the associated challenges? Around 80 experts discussed these questions during the Potsdam Spring Dialogues on 19/20 April 2018. Read the conference report now!

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sef: insights 3-4|2018


During the Potsdam Spring Dialogues we spoke to two experts about innovative measures of social protection. Nkateko Chauke elaborates in the interview how a Basic Income Grant for the SADC region might work. Raquel Tebaldi gives recommendations how social protection might cover women better.

Read the interviews as sef: insights or watch them as videos!

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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 or to fight digital rights abuses in the courts. What do activists’ experiences from Europe and Africa have in common? What can journalists and the media contribute?

sef: will discuss these questions with experts from around the globe at a roundtable talk during the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum. Register now!

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Strengthening Local Peacebuilding


The Berlin Summer Dialogue on 29 and 30 May 2018 will discuss the chances and challenges of local peacebuilding as the basis for sustaining peace., with a particular focus on the participation of women and youth. In addition, we will look at useful support for local peace initiatives from outside. Further information and the programme can be found here. Participation by invitation only.

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