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Events 2012

Events 2012

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



Forum on Business and Human Rights

04 to 05 December 2012, Geneva, Switzerland

The United Nations decided to hold its 1st Annual Forum on Business and Human Rights, 4-5 December 2012, to discuss trends and challenges in the implementation of the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (Ruggie-Principles). The forum was open to all stakeholders and intended to become an important place for information exchange and discussion. FES-Geneva was given the task to enable a number of activists from the Global South to be present at the forum.

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CEDAW and Women's Access to Justice: Country Examples

08 October 2012, Geneva, Switzerland

The International Commission of Jurists ICJ has been conducting exploratory processes in a range of countries to identify the range of obstacles and impediments that persistently reduce women’s access to justice and legal protection and explore roads for change. FES Geneva and ICJ organized a briefing with discussion for the Committee for the Elimination of Discrimination against Women CEDAW to familiarize the Committee with this initiative. To enable the Committee to hear directly from a woman working on justice issues on the national level FES Geneva invited Peggie Ramaphane of Botswana’s Women against Rape WAR. Other speakers were CEDAW’s chairperson Silvia Pimentel and ICJ’s Leah Hoctor. Also present was Wan-Hea Lee, chief of the Human Rights Treaties Division of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights OHCHR. The meeting was envisaged to be useful as regards initial Committee steps towards the elaboration of a General Recommendation on Women’s Access to Justice.

Social Security for All: Challenges in Implementing Social Protection Floors

International Conference, 25 September 2012 in Berlin


With this conference, FES and ILO want to pick up the political momentum which arises from the adoption of the autonomous Recommendation on the Social Protection Floor. Based on the expert conference we held last year, we want to discuss with a selected group of international political stakeholders, social policy and development experts and trade unionist the financial and technical challenges in implementing a nationally defined Social Protection Floor. Our objective is to support the UN and ILO activities, to facilitate new alliances between the involved actors such as national governments, NGOs, IMF, Trade Unions etc. in the implementation process of SPFs and create knowledge on how to tackle existing and possible obstacles on the way to improving social security worldwide.


WTO Public Forum 2012 - Trade and Africa's agricultural policy in 2025: possible ways out of a debacle

24 September 2012, 12:00-14:00, Geneva, Switzerland

What are the current major challenges in the African agricultural sector related to its trade policy? Where lies Africa’s potential in the agricultural sector and how can trade policies encourage them? How should an agricultural trade policy be delineated in which food security is central? This and further questions were discussed at this year’s WTO Public Forum session jointly organized by FES and ACP Geneva Offices. Experts from Geneva and Sub-Saharan Africa formed the panel.

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Evening Dialogue on "Ending Discrimination and Reinforcing Women's Peace and Security in the MENA Region"

20 June 2012, Vieux-Bois, Geneva, Switzerland

Twenty women from Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia and Yemen were invited to Geneva during the 20th session of the Human Rights Council to actively engage as regards peace and security in the Middle East and North Africa from a perspective of women. With the UN-Convention of Elimination of Discrimination against Women as a starting point the issue of peace and security in the MENA region was the focus of a dinner discussion among the invited group and a selection of some twenty distinguished and Geneva-based discussants, foremost the president of the Human Rights Council, Ambassador Laura Dupuy-Lassere.



FES Side Events at the People's Summit and Rio+20

Series of seminars from June 15-23, 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil


The Rio+20 Summit took place at a moment where debates on sustainable development are receiving increasing attention in science and policy-making, but also in civil society. However, the interests and expectations which are being directed at the Summit by civil society actors on the one hand and political decision-makers on the other vary considerably in some cases. Against this backdrop, FES has hosted five regional preparatory conferences in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Latin America to formulate regional positions on key topics of Rio+20 by civil society actors, trade unions and progressive parties. Perspectives and recommendations are to be presented and discussed in this workshop.


International Kassel Summer Academy: Ways to a fair Globalization

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

June 18-22, 2012, 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.


Sustainability re-loaded?

Public Panel Discussion in the runup to Rio+20, 5 June 2012 in Berlin


Twenty years after the first „Earth Summit“ the international community will reconvene in Rio from 20-22 June in order to reach international agreement on a new concept of sustainability. But also aside from the Rio summit it is high time to search for new models for development: In many countries a model of growth that consumes both nature and resources has led to rising prices for energy and commodities and has massively damaged environment and climate. Mega cities in coastal areas and complete island states are in danger of extinction; droughts and floods threaten agricultural earnings and the living space of millions of people. But there are also ideas that inspire hope. Together we want to discuss with forerunners and pioneers of thought from all over the world which solutions can be found and how the concept of sustainability can be put into practice.


The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung at the World Social Forum in Porto Allegre

Series of seminars from January 26-27, 2012 in Porto Allegre, Brasil


“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).