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Please note that participation in all non-public events is by invitation only.


UPCOMING 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 10th World Social Forum (WSF) in Dakar, Senegal 2011 and organized and supported a set of public seminars and workshops in cooperation with various partner organizations.

 

Programm and Timetable available soon


PREVIOUS EVENTS:

The Euro Debt Crisis: Consequences for the Global Economy and Implications for Emerging Countries

International Conference in Shanghai, 21-22 January 2013

The SIIS/FES conference seeks to shed some light on the current situation in Europe, providing a deeper understanding of the dynamics of the Euro debt crisis, discuss the implications of different scenarios into which the crisis might develop both in terms of possible concerted global action to crisis resolution as well as in terms of limiting contagion and coping with the economic fallout of an ongoing crisis at current levels, or even an aggravation of the situation in the worst-case scenario of an erosion of the Eurozone.

This conference was organized jointly with the Shanghai Institute for International Studies (SIIS).

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

Series of seminars from February 6-11, 2011 in Dakar, Senegal

“Globalization has to be shaped in social and democratic ways.”
It is in this spirit that the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) will be participating in the 10th World Social Forum (WSF) in Dakar, Senegal 2011 and is organizing and supporting a set of seminars and workshops in cooperation with various partner organizations. FES activities in Dakar provide a platform for dialogue between representatives from trade unions, NGOs, and other organizations and members of civil society taking part in the WSF in order to transform the world into a more peaceful, socially just and democratic place. All FES activities will take place at the official WSF venue, University Cheikh Anta Diop (UCAD).

 

Find an overview of activities and further information on our special WSF 2011 website:



"Shaping Globalization": Simulation of Climate Negotiations

International Learning Project

November 18-24, 2010 in Bonn

36 participants from 12 countries - Afghanistan, Brasil, Germany, Ghana, India, Jordan, Marocco, Mexico, Poland, Timor-Leste, Turkey and the USA - met on a virtual platform during the past four nonths to be informed and get prepared for this one week conference in Bonn, Germany, on sustainable and socially responsible development.

- Please note that participation in the conference is by invitation only -

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Where do we stand on our way to Global Zero

International Conference

June 22nd, 2010 in Berlin

Two processes dominate this year's global agenda with regard to security policy: the U.S. NPT Review Conference and the reassessment of the NATO strategy. Both crucially influence the future role of nuclear arms and are closely connected. A stabilisation of the NPT regime and a simultaneously reduced importance of nuclear weapons could spur the vision of "global zero". Against this background, these two major issues were discussed during a conference organised by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Berlin.

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Kassel Summer School: Shaping World Economy

International Summer School, co-organised with the University of Kassel

June 21-25, 2010, Hofgeismar/Kassel

The 2010 Kassel Summer School Group during an excursion

The shaping of Globalization is one of the main challenges of our time. The objectives and instruments how to shape the ongoing globalization process in a social and democratic way is heavily debated. In our working context we are frequently confronted with the effects of globalization without having enough time to have a closer look on the problems and to analyze political options to deal with them. The Summer School provides an opportunity to learn more about economy and globalization and the ways and means of how to shape globalization.

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The Future of Nuclear Weapons in the 21st Century

International Conference

June 22nd, 2010 in Berlin

Two processes dominate this year's global agenda with regard to security policy: the U.S. NPT Review Conference and the reassessment of the NATO strategy. Both crucially influence the future role of nuclear arms and are closely connected. A stabilisation of the NPT regime and a simultaneously reduced importance of nuclear weapons could spur the vision of "global zero". Against this background, these two major issues were discussed during this conference.

 


Employment in Times of Crisis

International Conference

May 6th, 2010 in Berlin

The global recession triggered by the global financial crisis had a profound impact on labour markets. According to the ILO’s Global Employment Trends report the number of jobless persons worldwide reached nearly 212 million in 2009. This is an unprecedented increase of 34 million compared to 2007, on the eve of the crisis. Although the increase in unemployment has been staggering, the situation could have been even worse. With this one-day conference the International Labour Office (ILO) and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung intended to promote a dialogue between social partners, policy makers and experts from industrialized and emerging economies about employment and employment policies in the current global recession.

This conference is organised in cooperation with the International Labour Organization ILO. Download program

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Orderly and Fair Debt Workout Mechanisms

Networking Conference on April 12th, 2010 in Berlin

This networking conference is set up to provide a forum for information sharing among government representatives, parliamentarians, academics and NGOs on the need and the options for a fair debt workout mechanism. The participants will try to Identify areas of consensus among the participants as well as the need for further conceptual work. Defining opportunities and next steps in a global reform process will be one of the major goals of this conference.
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A Global Green New Deal

International Dialogue

November 24-25, 2009 in Berlin

The search for a sustainable climate and energy policy has been on top of the international agenda for some time. The sharp increase of global fossile energy consumption, the volatility of commodity prices and the foreseeable end of fossile fuels reserves are vital questions for many societies. On the global level, the pressing economic problems have pushed climate and energy policy from the top of the agenda. Together with policy makers and experts from industrial and emerging countries, we aim to identify obstacles and common interests and explore what kind of incentives need to be set up to facilitate a Global Green New Deal.

- Please note that participation in the 2nd conference day is on invitation only -

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Putting People First: Social Consequences and Policy Implications of the
Global Financial Crisis

International Dialogue on November 19, 2009 in Berlin

During this conference at the end of a year of summits the participants were taking stock of the human costs of the crisis and the political responses so far: how are people in the different regions of the world affected by the decisions and action programmes of the G20, the UN and the Bretton- Woods-Institution? Which further shortterm measures must be taken in order to cope with the current emergency and which long-term structural reforms are necessary to prevent future fi nancial bubbles and economic busts. The international civil society network Social Watch also presented its 2009 report “Making Finances Work: People First” on this occasion. Furthermore, the following interviews with three of the panelists, Neeta Hardikar of Anandi, Manuel Montes of the UNDESA and Roberto Bissio from Social Watch Uruguay highlight the social consequences of the crisis for the people:

Listen to the interview with Neeta Hardikar

Listen to the interview with Manuel Montes

Listen to the interview with Roberto Bissio

Go to the Social Watch Report 2009 site

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- A dialogue in co-operation with Social Watch, Global Policy Forum and Terre des Hommes -

 


Kassel Summer School: Shaping World Economy

International Summer School, co-organised with the University of Kassel

September 28 - Ocotber 2, 2009, Hofgeismar/Kassel

The 2009 Kassel Summer School Group during an excursion to Wilhelmshoehe

The shaping of Globalization is one of the main challenges of our time. The objectives and instruments how to shape the ongoing globalization process in a social and democratic way is heavily debated. In our working context we are frequently confronted with the effects of globalization without having enough time to have a closer look on the problems and to analyze political options to deal with them. The Summer School provides an opportunity to learn more about economy and globalization and the ways and means of how to shape globalization.

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Global Economic Governance in the year 2020: Which future for Multilateralism?

Scenario Presentation and Discussion at the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Berlin

September 14, 2009

Participants of the scenario discussion at FES Berlin

Supported by a team of 25 experts from 17 countries the FES Geneva has developed scenarios on how the world economic order could change in future. These scenarios were presented and discussed in Berlin on September 14, 2009. Please watch the video to get an impression of how the world could look like:

Watch the video on YouTube

Read the publication on the Global Governance Scenarios

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FES Briefing on Monitoring Human Rights

in Berlin, 11 June 2009

Following an initiative of the German Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer protection, a renowned international expert group has developed a new tool to monitor economic, social and cultural human rights. In the times of the global financial and economic crises, this tool aims at enabling government in both developed and developing countries to better track progress made with advancing economic and social rights. The expert group as well as the UN Special Rapporteur for the Right to Food and members of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights met in Berlin in mid-June to share its findings.
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FES Forum for Security Policy: New Momentum for Nuclear Disarmament

International Policy Dialogue in Berlin, 21-22 April, 2009

The non-proliferation and disarmament regime for nuclear weapons is in crisis. But the Obama administration brings new momentum to address pressing questions: Can the Non Proliferation Treaty regime be fixed or is it ultimately flawed? Can there be a "world free of nuclear weapons," as Obama said in Berlin in 2008. This conference brings together the perspectives from key actors, such as China, Russia, India, the EU, Brazil, South Africa and the Middle East.
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Watch interviews with Thomas Graham and Rajesh Rajagopalan




Challenges of the Global Financial and Economic Crisis - Towards a "New Economic Multilateralism"

Shanghai, 20-21 April, 2009

With a high level symposium the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) and the Shanghai Institutes of International Studies (SIIS) intend to promote a dialogue between experts and policy makers from industrialized and developing countries on the challenges resulting from the global financial crisis.
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Social and Human Rights Budgeting: Budget monitoring, participatory budgeting and human rights

International Workshop

9 December, 2008

One day before the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Global Policy Forum Europe, Social Watch and terre des hommes invited civil society organisations from the South to present their human rights budgeting initiatives at an international workshop in Berlin.
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The Doha International Review Conference on Financing for Development

Side Events during the Follow-up International Conference on Financing for Development

29 November - 2 December, 2008

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung hosted three panel discussions during the Follow-Up International Conference on Financing for Development in Doha, Qatar:

Gender-Equitable Public Policy: Best Practices and New Options

30 November 2008 - 8:15 - 9:45 am

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Global Framework Agreements: A New Tool for Regulating Transnationals?

30 November 2008 - 5:15 - 7:00 pm

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Avoiding Future Financial Meltdowns: What Kind of Financial Regulation?

1 December 2008 - 10:00am - 1:00pm

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The Rise of China and India: Opportunity or threat for the German economy?

Public Panel Discussion at the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Berlin, September 23, 2008

In the past years, India and China have risen to global economic powers. Their dynamic economies achieved high growth rates during several years. Thus, both countries have increased their share in world trade considerably, Moreover, with huge foreign currency reserves and active investment policies, the new Asian economic powers have gained considerable influence in the international finance and currency relations. Last but not least does this success in development involve a clear reduction of poverty in China and India, yet their economic rise increasingly alarms the established industrial countries. India and China are being perceived as rivals in the competition on sharing the global prosperity, sometimes even as a threat due to their sheer size.
Bibek Debroy and Walter Riester at the FES discussion
Foto: Schicke

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Kassel Summer School: Shaping World Economy

International Summer School, co-organised with the University of Kassel

August 25-29, 2008, Hofgeismar/Kassel

The shaping of Globalization is one of the main challenges of our time. The objectives and instruments how to shape the ongoing globalization process in a social and democratic way is heavily debated. In our working context we are frequently confronted with the effects of globalization without having enough time to have a closer look on the problems and to analyze political options to deal with them. The Summer School provides an opportunity to learn more about economy and globalization and the ways and means of how to shape globalization.
Group 2008 Kassel Summer School

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1st TERI FES Forum on Climate Policy Dialogue:
Climate change, biodiversity & food security in marine environments

International Conference and Public Panel Discussion, co-organised with The Energy and Resources Institute TERI, May 13-14, 2008 in Bonn

The “TERI FES Forum on Climate Policy Dialogue” is a new format that invites policy makers and scholars from think tanks and academia in industrialized and developing countries to discuss key issues of global climate governance. Conference venues alternate between industrialized and developing countries. The launch of the Forum was held in Bonn in May 2008.

Ahmed Djoghlaf, Secretary General, UN Convention for Biodiversity (CBD)
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Decent Work and Fair Globalization - A Dialogue between industrialised and emerging economies

International conference, co-organised with the International Labour Organization ILO

May 5, 2008, 9:30-19:00 hrs in Berlin (by invitation only)

The conference will discuss the nexus of decent work and a fair globalization in the light of the Dresden and Heiligendamm resolutions. Based on the well-founded assumption that open markets require social protection, the adherence to social standards and the availability of decent work in order to avoid the spread of protectionist tendencies, the conference will take up the call by the G8 members to develop strategies to put the Decent Work Agenda into practice.
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7th FES-SWP North-South Dialogue: Beyond ‘Heiligendamm’ - The G8, emerging powers and Global Security Governance

Public Panel Discussion co-organised with German Institute for Foreign and Security Affairs

April 21, 2008

This year’s FES-SWP Dialogue will focus on the most visible example of these new initiatives: the outreach process of the G8, since 2007 also known as “Heiligendamm process”. By inviting Brazil, China, India, Mexico and South Africa to specific sessions of its summits, the G8 acknowledges that pressing global problems cannot be solved without the involvement of emerging powers. So far, however, the agenda of the Heiligendamm process is restricted to economic, development and climate issues. In order to look beyond this defined focus, the Dialogue intends to explore the potential of consensus and cooperation in one of the most intractable and controversial fields of global governance: international security.

Jacob Zuma during Panel Diskussion at FES Berlin 21 April 2008
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Global Energ Security - Prospects for Cooperation between Industrial and Emerging Countries

Berlin, September 19, 2007
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"Business and Human Rights" mit John Ruggie

Luncheon co-organised with German Assiciation for the United Nations (DGVN)

June 20, 2007

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Global Economic Imbalances - A Need for Global Governance beyond the G-8?

Berlin, June 6-7, 2007

download "Growth with Responsibility in a Globalized World - Findings of the Shadow G-8"
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6th FES-SWP North-South Dialogue: Re-Ordering the World?
Emerging Powers and Prospects for Global Governance

May 15, 2007 Berlin (Germany)

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Rising Powers – Challenges for the international Development Cooperation?

International Conference, co-organised by German Development Institute (DIE-GDI)

March 29, 2007, Berlin

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See also:
Katharina Hofmann's publication (China)
Matthias Jobelius's publication (India)
Catrina Schläger's publication (Brazil)


A Priority Agenda for the Next UN Secretary-General

with Thomas G. Weiss, Director, Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies

February 20 2007, Berlin