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.


Anchoring global governance in societies


The opponents of global cooperation touch a nerve when they talk about global governance as an elitist project. The embedding of global governance at a societal level remains relatively weak. In our International sef: Expert Workshop 2018, we therefore aim to identify new strategies which could contribute to the progressive anchoring of global governance in society.

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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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sef: Policy Lunch 2018

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 discussed these questions during a Policy Lunch in Brussels. Read the report now!

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Strengthening Local Peacebuilding. Establishing the Basis for Sustaining Peace


On 30 May 2018, international experts discussed in Berlin in what way local peacebuilding can contribute to the prevention of conflicts and to a sustainable peace. Examples from Burundi, Ghana, the Philippines and South Africa were provided to demonstrate chances and challenges of local peacebuilding. Read our short summary now.

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