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Events 2009

Events 2009

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

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:

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Read the publication on the Global Governance Scenarios

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The Crisis as Window of Opportunity?

International Conference in Brussels, 18 June 2009

The current crisis has opened a “window of opportunity” to reform and modernize the present international order. There is a growing consensus in support of reforms that – as it has been highlighted in the G 20 London Summit Statement – “reflect changes in the world economy and the new challenges of globalization, and that emerging and developing countries, including the poorest, must have greater voice and representation”. These reforms will not come over night, rather the debate on the necessary policy and institutional changes and the underlying principles and values will need some time. This Colloquium intends to provide a forum for this much needed debate.
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FES SWP North-South Dialogue on Global Governance Challenges: Global Governance for Global Markets - Moving beyond G8?

International Conference in Berlin, 17 June 2009
Professor Ummu Salma Bava of JNU, New Delhi (with Andrew Cooper of CIGI, Canada)

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This year’s North-South Dialogue revisited established formats of global governance and discussed the problem-solving capacity of alternative governance forums such as the G20, particularly in the realm of market governance. Specifically, opportunities and limits of new multilateral governance architectures were discussed for the cases of financial and energy markets, both of which have obviously experienced major turbulences in recent years.

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Read Paper by Yulius Purwadi Hermawan

Listen to interview with Salma Bava (5min07)

Listen to interview with Wang Haifeng (5min51)

Interviews with UN Special Rapporteur Olivier de Schutter and UN Committee member Virginia Dandan on Monitoring Human Rights

recorded June 11, 2009 on the occasion of a briefing at FES headquarters in Berlin.

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.

Interview with Olivier de Schutter (8min07)

Interview with Virginia Dandan (5min20)

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FES Forum for Security Policy: New Momentum for Nuclear Disarmament

International Policy Dialogue in Berlin, 21-22 April, 2009
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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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Coping with Overstretch: Realigning Capacities to Fit Peace and Security Challenges In a Time of Political Fatigue

February 27-28, 2009

FES New York, in collaboration with The Century Foundation and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs of Princeton University will host a two-day conference in February 2009 to discuss future challenges for peacekeeping and peace building.
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27 January - 1 February, 2009

The Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES) participated in the 8th World Social Forum in Belém, Brazil 2009 and organized and supported a set of seminars and workshops in cooperation with various partner organizations.

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Read a conclusion of this year's World Social Forum

by Britta Joerissen and Jochen Steinhilber, FES representatives in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Download Brasil Info February 2009 (285KB, in German)