Normative Challenges in Global Governance

In this programme area, the Foundation discusses normative challenges affecting policy-making in a global context, approaching this issue from a variety of perspectives across a range of topics and levels. By promoting interdisciplinary and international exchange, the Foundation aims to identify constructive approaches for peaceful action and future-oriented problem-solving. It focuses inter alia on the rejection of "Western" norms by new and emerging major and medium-sized powers in the context of continuing global inequalities and injustices.

The Foundation considers which norms must be redefined, how this can be achieved and which specific contribution Germany and Europe can make to this process. Alternative concepts and their bases – such as those under discussion in the major emerging economies – and counter-models to global governance are explored in more depth. The contribution made by non-state actors is also discussed.

Erosion processes affecting existing international forums and the formation of new alliances are also of interest in this context. Implementation of standards is a further topic of discussion, along with the legitimacy of global decision-making and the role of national and regional parliaments.


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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