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Events 2011

Events 2011

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




Panel Discussion on the Right to Development in the Context of Global Challenges

6 December 20 11 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva

This event, co-organized by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Non Alignment Movement, Nord-Sud XXI and the Geneva office of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES), intends to demonstrate the relevance of the Right to Development vis-à-vis global challenges 2011 and after. High-level panelists, including H.E. Mr Amr, Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms Pillay, and UNCTAD Secretary General Supachai, present their views just two days after the 25th anniversary of the Declaration on the Right to Development of December 4, 1986. FES will be presenting the civil society perspective on the topic, drawing form the numerous activities held in this anniversary year of the Declaration.


The Human Rights Council after the Review - Tangible Changes or Business as Usual?

6-7 October 20 11 in Geneva

After five years in existence, the UN Human Rights Council has concluded its review and adopted an outcome which the UN General Assembly is expected to approve. Even if the outcome appears to be disappointing, the HRC will continue to be the appropriate UN body for political assessments on human rights. Against this background as well as the recent development of increasing willingness to address country situations, especially concerning the Arab Spring, our workshop attempted to propose ways to turn the HRC into a more victim and rights holder oriented institution by bringing together parliamentary and civil society actors to strengthen their involvement in the current debate.


Background Paper

Please see the following presentations:

Presentation McMahon

Notes McMahon

Presentation Amnesty International

Presentation ICC

Presentation EMRIP

Conference on Civil Society Perspectives

Monday, July 11 9:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. UN Church Center

This year’s interactive dialogue of the UN General Assembly on the Responsibility to Protect (RtoP) will focus on the implementing role of regional and sub-regional organizations. One day ahead, FES New York will co-host a half-day conference featuring civil society perspectives on the implementation of R2P.


What Next for Business and Human Rights at the United Nations?

Expert Meeting on 4-5 July 2011

At its June 2011 session, the UN Human Rights Council considered the Guiding Principles for the implementation of the UN endorsed “Protect, Respect, Remedy” framework on business and human rights proposed by UN Special Representative on Business and Human Rights, John Ruggie. This expert meeting provided the opportunity for an in-depth discussion on the Guiding Principles and the decisions taken by the HRC regarding follow up and further work in this area both by the UN human rights system and at national level over the coming years. 



The 25th anniversary of the Declaration on the Right to Development

Evening Briefing on 29 June 2011

FES and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights invited Special Procedures mandate holders and members of the UN Treaty Bodies to a briefing on the Right to Development, exploring its importance for their work.
2011 marks the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration on the Right to Development. A key objective in this anniversary year is to build a broader constituency around this right and in this regard, reaching out to treaty bodies and special procedure mandate holders is vital to achieving that objective.



FES-ICTSD Roundtable: "A Decade in the WTO: Implications for China and Global Trade Governance"

Roundtable discussion on 29 June 2011

Ten years ago, China joined the World Trade Organization and has grown towards an economic giant. But is its growth balanced and sustainable? And what is the impact of China`s WTO membership on itself and the WTO as a backbone institute of global trade governance?



Who wants what? Social, political and economic aspirations in the 'Arab Spring' and their chances of success

Public panel discussion on 9 May 2011 at the Graduate Institute Geneva

The panel discussion supported by FES and organized by a group of students of the University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute will explore the manifold levels and reasons of the current political upheavals in North Africa. Participation is not restricted at this event, taking place, 6.30 – 8.00 pm, Graduate Institute Geneva, Auditorium Jaques-Freymond, 132 rue de Lausanne, site Barton.

Public invitation


The United Nations and the G20: Competition, Cooperation or Convergence?

Public discussion on 6 April 2011 with UN General Assembly President Dr. Joseph Deiss

During the global financial crisis 2008/2009 the G20 constituted basically over night as a new, central coordination body of the international economic and financial politics. Although admittedly the G20 contributed greatly to the crisis resolution, they still remein an informal ‚club’, in which many parts of this world are poorly represented or not at all. In September 2010, the UN General Assembly for the first time addressed this new reality in a comprehensive manner and passed the resolution „The United Nations in global governance“. Generally however the question arises of how the relation between the UN with its 192 members and informal formats can be shaped in order to solve global governance problems in the future.

Open programme (in German)

See some pictures of the discussion

- A public discussion in cooperation with the United Nations Association for Germany -

The Doha riddle: EU as Partner or Rival of Developing Countries?

Experts' Roundtable on 15 March 2011 in Brussels

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung organised this roundtable to bring together experts from Brussels and Geneva for an exchange of views on the current state of the Doha round. How does a wider expert public in Brussels, in particular, the European Parliament see the current situation in Geneva? How closely are the discussions within the WTO with a strong participation from the global South monitored in Brussels? How does the expert community in Geneva evaluate the present state of affairs in general and more specifically the position of the European Union? The meeting was held under Chatham House Rule.

Open programme

Read the conference report

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


Watch the Video: FES at the World Social Forum!
We compiled the highlights of our activities in Dakar - that provided a platform for dialogue between representatives from trade unions, NGOs, and other organizations and members of civil society - in a video that you can watch here:


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

Reflection Group on Global Development Perspectives: 1st Meeting

Networking Conference on January 12-14th, 2011 in Berlin

An alliance of civil society groups, networks and foundations, including Third World Network, Social Watch, DAWN, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Global Policy Forum, terre des hommes, and the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation, recently launched the Civil Society Reflection Group on Global Development Perspectives. The group consists of about 15 leading civil society activists, experts and academics from around the globe. The group will assess conventional and alternative models of development and well-being, reconsider development goals and indicators, including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), draw conclusions for future development strategies and provide specific policy recommendations for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development 2012.