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.


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. 

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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.

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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!

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