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.


Public Evening Event

The role of local media in armed conflict


The media have a responsibility to report sensitively on conflicts and diverse social groups. The spread of disinformation or “fake news” can escalate conflicts. It is important to raise media professionals’ awareness of conflict-sensitive, peace-oriented journalism. At a public evening event during the Berlin Summer Dialogue, we would like to discuss opportunities and limits of a peace-oriented reporting with media experts working in conflict zones Register now!

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Sustaining Peace. Can a new approach change the UN? 


The world is facing enormous challenges in light of protracted crises and conflicts. The United Nations are looking for answers with the new ‘sustaining peace’ approach. What are the chances of the new approach to change the UN and create sustainable peace? The new Global Governance Spotlight written by Cedric de Coning offers a current overview.

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Current challenges for democracies


In February 2018, the first Dresden Forum for International Politics took place. The new series is co-organised by the sef:, the Free State of Saxony, Engagement Global gGmbh and Foundation Frauenkirche Dresden. Around 80 experts from different world regions discussed current challenges for democracy. They focused on how to create and sustain peaceful societies in democracies. Read the conference report and further coverage online now!

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