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Shaping Globalization!

As part of the international work of the Friedrich- Ebert-Stiftung, Dialogue on Globalization contributes worldwide to the debate on globalization and global governance. It is based on the premise that – through an inclusive and responsive global policy approach – globalization can be shaped into a direction that promotes peace, democracy and social justice.

The program draws intensely on the international network of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung – a German non-profit institution committed to the principles of social democracy with offices, programs and partners in more than 100 countries.

Dialogue on Globalization addresses ”movers and shakers“ both in developing countries and in the industrialized parts of the world. The program is coordinated by the head office of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Berlin and by the FES offices in New York and Geneva.

Publications

Different publication series form part of our activities to enhance understanding of the global policy agenda and support public debate on future policy directions. The "International Policy Analysis" series of Dialogue on Globalization (formerly “Occasional Papers” series) offers in-depth analyses on evolving trends and key questions of global governance. The "Perspective" series (formerly “Briefing papers” series) provide policymakers, journalists and the general public with concise and competent background commentaries on issues of topical interest.

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News and Highlights


Publications, Events and Interviews

Open this new publicationClimb-Down in Climate Protection?
EU Facing a Far-Reaching Decision in Aviation Policy

Hans-Jochen Luhmann

Is the EU a major global player or a provincial entity? That is going to be decided upon on February 2, 2014, when the European Parliament will vote on whether emissions from the EU’s international air traffic should no longer be covered by the European emissions trading scheme (EU ETS). This will determine the fate of an ambitious EU law according to which, beginning in 2012, emissions from international air traffic were included fully in the ETS. The author reflects on the background of the decision ahead and analyses the impact for the role of the EU in international climate policy.

Perspectives, FES Berlin, January 2014

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Open this new publicationThe Future of Global Economic Governance and the IMF: Challenges and Opportunities for Europe, Emerging Economies and Developing Countries

Summary Report of the international expert seminar on December 4th, 2013 in Berlin

The participants of the international expert seminar Global Economic Governance and the IMF on Dec 4th, 2013 in Berlin

The global economic dynamic in the wake of the financial crisis has brought to the fore challenges to the multilateral system, in particular vis à vis global economic governance and the international financial architecture.

In the course of this international expert seminar we shed light on how the underlying changes in the economic and political reality, which the multilateral system was designed to manage as well as to reflect, require new thinking and approaches from European nations and represent new opportunities for all states, both emerging and developed.

FES Berlin, January 2014

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- In co-operation with the German Development Institute (DIE), the Bretton Woods Project and the G24 secretariat -


Open this new publicationReforming the Working Methods of the UN Security Council: The Next ACT

Volker Lehmann

Economic growth remains the focus of both policies and societies worldwide. In the meantime, social inequality rises and the ecological destruction of our planet continues to accelerate. We know that things have to change, but struggle to imagine a good life beyond the consumption driven lifestyles we have established ourselves in. In this publication, experts from different parts of the world address the question of consumer responsibility in the necessary transformation process towards more sustainable societies and set out to look for new roles for consumption.

Perspectives, FES Berlin, August 2013

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Open this new publicationIs different really enough?
Thoughts on a New Role for Consumption

Judith Gouverneur (ed.)

Economic growth remains the focus of both policies and societies worldwide. In the meantime, social inequality rises and the ecological destruction of our planet continues to accelerate. We know that things have to change, but struggle to imagine a good life beyond the consumption driven lifestyles we have established ourselves in. In this publication, experts from different parts of the world address the question of consumer responsibility in the necessary transformation process towards more sustainable societies and set out to look for new roles for consumption.

Perspectives, FES Berlin, July 2013

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Open this new publicationOne Made it Out of the Debt Trap
Lessons from the London Debt Agreement of 1953 for Current Debt Crises

Jürgen Kaiser

The 27th February of this year marked the 60th anniversary of the London Debt Agreement. Only eight years after World War II, former war enemies like the United States and others relieved West Germany of half of its pre- and post-war debts. Among the signatories there were also countries which are presently indebted to Germany, Greece among others. The present analysis compares the little-known German debt agreement of 1953 with more recent debt restructurings in Greece, Iraq and Burundi. While not providing a blueprint for modern-day sovereign debt restructurings, the London Debt Agreement shows some qualitative features, the lack of which makes present-day restructurings often protracted and painful. They include negotiations among equals between creditors and debtor, the possible recourse to arbitration and a conditioning of debt service on trade surpluses on the part of the debtor.

FES International Policy Analysis, June 2013

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Open this new publicationTax Havens and the Taxation of Transnational Corporations

Marcus Henn

The methods of transnational corporations to avoid taxes have become more and more sophisticated in recent years. The case of the world’s largest commodity trader, Glencore, illustrates how this massively affects developing countries. Since the news emerged that prominent multinationals such as Starbucks, Apple, Amazon or Google pay virtually no income taxes on their huge international profits, politics is under pressure to act against tax avoidance and tax evasion by multinationals. This analysis provides an overview of their strategies to dodge taxes, for the most part involving tax havens in intra-firm transactions. Henn then discusses various possibilities of effective taxation ranging from higher transparency requirements through country-by-country-reporting to the wider use of withholding taxes, including a system change to “unitary taxation” on a European or even global level.

FES International Policy Analysis, June 2013

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Open this new publicationTowards a Framework of Universal Sustainability Goals as Part of a Post-2015 Agenda

Civil Society Reflection Group on Global Development Perspectives

What comes after the MDGs? The Civil Society Reflection Group on Global Development Perspective contributes to the recent debate on a Post-2015 Development Agenda and its fusion with the UN's Sustainability Agenda by suggesting a political framework für global sustainabilty goals. The framework consists of a list of universal goals applying also for the global North, universal principles and values as their basis, a program for a »structural transformation« of the economic system to overcome the exploitation of natural resources and global ecosystems and a monitoring mechanism based on the UPR-system of the UN Human Rights Council.

FES Perspective, May 2013

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RECENT EVENTS

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung at the World Social Forum in Tunis

Series of seminars from March 26-30, 2013 in Tunis, Tunisia

“Globalization has to be shaped in social and democratic ways.”
It is in this spirit that the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) participated in the 11th World Social Forum (WSF) in Tunis, and organized and supported a set of public seminars and workshops in cooperation with various partner organizations.

Our WSF-film is available in the FES Youtube-Channel

Go to FES @ WSF 2013 website

Read reports on our events at FES Sustainability

Impressions from Tunis: Photo Gallery

Open Program & Timetable as pdf