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The office works to promote North-South dialogue on a more democratic and socially just globalization process. With programs on core issues of global governance such as global security or the multilateral trade system, it contributes to a better understanding of the perspectives of the South among the German and European political public.
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News & Highlights from Berlin
The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung @ degrowth 2014
As part of its activities concerning degrowth, the FES is again among the supporters of the Degrowth-Conference. Our colleague Nina Netzer, head of the International Energy and Climate Policy program, moderated a workshop on »A worldwide energy revolution?« on 5 Sept., with contributions by Camila Morena, environmental activist from Brazil, Alice Kaudia, State Secretary for the Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources in Kenya, and others.
With the debate surrounding the transatlantic trade agreement TTIP, the controversy over global investment law has well and truly arrived in Europe. Existing investment protection rules jeopardise public finances through the threat of actions for damages. They bypass the rule of law with their private parallel law for corporations and represent an encroachment on the regulatory autonomy of states. They undermine democracy in favour of the private property rights of foreign investors. Nevertheless, the current politicisation of the issue in the EU also presents opportunities for a fresh start in investment policy without unilateral investor rights to sue states in private tribunals and without special property rights for foreign investors that go beyond constitutional guarantees of the protection of property, but with binding obligations on investors, such as duties to respect human rights and workers’ rights.
FES International Policy Analysis, July 2014
In September 2015 at the UN, heads of state will lower the flag of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and raise the new standard of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They must also address by what means the post-2015 development agenda will be implemented. This publication examines both the opportunities that exist to advance international cooperation for development in the multiple intergovernmental negotiations taking place between August 2014 and September 2015 as well as the pitfalls that could lead to outcomes empty of commitments. In particular, the paper looks to the third International Conference on Financing for Development, to be held in Addis Ababa in July 2015, as a key forum for shaping a new development agenda that is both holistic and pragmatic.
Perspective FES New York, August 2014
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