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Events 2013

Events 2013

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


International Security Forum 2013

22 to 24 April 2013, Geneva, Switzerland

The  biennial International Security Forum brings together over 800  distinguished individuals who make and shape decisions relevant to  international security, among them diplomats and other government  officials, military, academics and representatives of international and  non-governmental organizations from all over the world. The conference  offers the international security community high-level cutting-edge  analyses, briefs, and debates on the most relevant topics of  international security.

FES will be present with an information desk at the forum and is co-organizing the panel discussionLeaving Afghanistan: A Political and Security Vacuum in the Making?

Information on the ISF



Boosting economic dynamics and job growth: The potential of industrial policies

04 to 05 March 2013, Jiva Hill Park Hotel, Crozet, France

Joint seminar of the FES Geneva Office and the ILO


Many developing countries are formulating and implementing New Industrial Policies with the aim to boost economic dynamics and achieve development goals. While old style industrial policies have been criticized for aiming at “picking winners,” using heavy-handed trade protection or creating inefficient “trophy industries,” New Industrial Policy approaches take a different perspective. Governments are challenged with building developmental capacities and policy-making capabilities to enhance the potential scope and effectiveness of industrial policies.

The seminar addressed the following questions: How can the state and private sectors work together to promote new production, trade and job opportunities? What are effective policy design and implementation procedures and institutions to accelerate productivity and decent work while preventing political capture and limiting rent-seeking?

Participation was by invitation only.


Concept Note


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

Series of seminars from March 26-30, 2013 in Tunis, Tunisia


World Social Forum 2013

“Globalization has to be shaped in social and democratic ways.”
It is in this spirit that the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) partivcipated in the 11th World Social Forum (WSF) in Tunis, Tunisia and organized and supported a set of public seminars and workshops in cooperation with various partner organizations.

Go to FES @ WSF 2013 website

Open Program & Timetable as pdf

E-Commerce, SMEs and Development: the perspectives for and strategies of Latin American countries

18 to 19 February 2013, Château de Bossey, Geneva, Switzerland

In April 2013, the World Trade Organization (WTO) will deal officially with the subject of e-commerce. Thus, especially developing countries should devise their own strategies beforehand. During the seminar, participants discussed, firstly, what role e-commerce should and could play in their economic development, and secondly, how SMEs can be supported in order to access e-commerce as well as use/exploit it to improve their productive, commercial and business performance. More generally, they addressed the current situation of e-commerce worldwide and the question of how the topic of e-commerce should be raised with the WTO.





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).

For further information please download the program: