Highlights from New York

New Publication: “Reforming the International Monetary and Financial Architecture”

intern1 : September 15, 2014 12:11 pm : Global Economic Governance, Highlights from New York, New York Publications, Publications on Global Economic Governance

José Antonio Ocampo
FES International Policy Analysis, August 2014
ISBN: 978-3-86498-933-9

A reform of the international monetary and financial architecture to protect against future financial crises is under way but with progress still to be made.  Reforms focus on regulating financial markets, providing more room for crisis countermeasures by widening official lines of credit, intensifying the coordination of national economic policies, and establishing better structures of global economic governance.  However, several shortcomings are still unresolved: these include cross-border capital flows, the absence of a process for sovereign debt restructuring, and an imbalanced global monetary system that puts one-sided obligations on struggling states that impedes their growth.  Furthermore, institutional reforms like replacing the G20 with a representative Apex body for global economic coordination are critical steps in the eyes of the author.

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New Publication: “An Urgent Need for Clarity: On the Post-2015 Development Agenda and Financing for Development”

intern1 : September 15, 2014 12:05 pm : Global Economic Governance, Highlights from New York, New York Publications, Publications on Global Economic Governance

Barry Herman
FES Perspective, August 2014
ISBN: 978-3-86498-929-2

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.

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New Publication: “What’s Peace Got To Do With It?”

intern1 : September 10, 2014 11:27 am : Highlights from New York, Publications on Global Security Governance

Laura Ribeiro Pereira
FES Perspective, September 2014
ISBN: 978-3-86498-930-8

This Perspective analyzes the political wrangling about the inclusion of a Peace Goal into the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) after 2015. The author explains why in its current form, the Peace Goal is a compromise that will be insufficient to promote peaceful societies. Consequently, she argues for a strategy beyond retaining the Peace Goal as it stands, and to include new topics, such as accountability in the arms industrial complex. However, this would require revisiting existing alliances, since the majority of UN Member States in favour or a Peace Goal are from the industrialized North and are most likely to block these endeavours.

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Past Event: “The Role of Human Rights, Development Assistance, and Peacekeeping: Building State Capacity for Atrocities Prevention”

intern1 : September 5, 2014 12:08 pm : Events, Events 2014, Global Security Governance, Highlights from New York

Thursday, September 4, 2014, 1:15 pm – 2:45 pm

UNHQ, New York

Christen Broecker, Jacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights and Patrick Travers UN Office for the Prevention of Genocide and the Responsibility to Protect

In light of the upcoming debate on the Responsibility to Protect (RtoP) of the UN General Assembly, FES New York co-hosted a luncheon focusing on the role of human rights mechanism and actors to encourage states to protect their population from mass atrocities. The invited panelists debated the recommendations from the latest Secretary-General’s report on how the international community can support states in this responsibility,  for instance with development assistance for building state capacity and with peacekeeping and stabilization operations to assist states under stress.

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Past Event: “The WMD Free Zone in the Middle East: Constructive Process by a Six Continent Initiative”

intern1 : May 2, 2014 2:12 pm : Events, Events 2014, Global Security Governance, Highlights from New York, Uncategorized

Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Conference Room C, UNHQ, New York

Dr. Tadatoshi Akiba, Hiroshima Peace Institute and former Mayor of Hiroshima and Adj. Prof. Dr. Bernd W. Kubbig, Peace Research Institute Frankfurt

On the sidelines of the third and last preparatory Committee for the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference to be held in 2015, FES New York co-sponsored a debate on a Middle East Zone free of Weapons of Mass Destruction. Participants from a six-continent-initiative presented their proposals for such a zone to UN delegates and the disarmament policy makers.

 

 

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Past Event following up the General Assembly’s Thematic Debate “Ensuring Stable and Peaceful Societies”: A Reflection and Strategy Meeting

intern1 : April 30, 2014 3:04 pm : Events, Events 2014, Global Security Governance, Highlights from New York, Topics

Friday, April 25, 2014, 1:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Baha’i International Community, New York

Remongar T. Dennis, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Liberia to the UN, Sharon Bhagwan-Rolls, coordinator of the FemLINKPACIFIC, and Laura Ribeiro Pereira of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC)

As the international community is currently debating the interdependent roles of peace, security and sustainable development within the post-2015 agenda, the UN General Assembly explored how also peace, key institutions and global partners foster sustainable development. Following upon the GA’s Thematic Debate on “Ensuring Stable and Peaceful Societies” on April 24 and 25, 2014, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung New York, the World Federation of UN Associations (WFUNA), Global Action to Prevent War and Armed Conflict, and Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) welcomed a consortium of UN-based NGOs and government representatives to reflect on core issues and identify synergies for concerted engagement within and beyond the post-2015 framework.

Program Reflection Meeting
Program Thematic Debate, PGA
Concept Note, PGA
Meeting Summary

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Past Event for the Special high-level meeting of ECOSOC with the World Bank, IMF, WTO and UNCTAD: “Inequality: Jobs with Growth and Equity”

intern1 : April 7, 2014 3:08 pm : Events, Events 2014, Global Economic Governance, Highlights from New York, Topics

Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Delegate’s Dining Room, UNHQ, New York

By Invitation Only

Jane Stewart, Special Representative and Director, International Labour Organization Office to the UN, and Arup Mitra, Professor of Economics, Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi University, India.

In the context of discussions about financing a new generation of development goals, authors contributing country studies on Brazil, China, India, and S. Korea to the upcoming FES paper on “Shared Prosperity in Emerging Economies” presented preliminary results to those gathered in New York for the yearly ECOSOC/BWI/WTO/UNCTAD meeting. To the presenting authors belonged Arup Mitra (Professor of Economics, Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi University, India), as well as Michael Dauderstädt (Former Director, Department Economic & Social Policies, Friedrich‐Ebert‐Stiftung, Germany), as leading author of the FES study.

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Past Event at IMF/World Bank Spring Meetings: “How to Make External Debt Sustainable”

intern1 : April 7, 2014 3:05 pm : Events, Events 2014, Global Economic Governance, Highlights from New York, Topics

Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
World Bank, Main Complex MC building 2-210, Washington D.C.

Eric LeCompte (Executive Director, Jubilee USA Network), Lee C. Buchheit (Partner, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP) and Kristina Rehbein (erlassjahr.de).

Since the outbreak of the world recession in 2008 many countries have run into serious debt sustainability problems. The International Monetary Fund has acknowledged what academics have warned against for years: multilateral debt relief initiatives have not solved the global sovereign debt crisis “once and for all”. Part of the problem is the lack of a generally accepted definition of a sustainable debt level for sovereigns.
Against this sobering background FES, erlassjahr.de and Jubilee USA encourage discussion of the link between the technical definition of debt sustainability and its translation into meaningful debt restructuring. How can timely and sufficient debt relief be provided? What are the missing links in global sovereign debt management? The panel discussion provided input from policy makers as well as academic experts and civil society representatives with a long-standing record of advocating for fairness and transparency in sovereign debt workouts.

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Past Event: “Advancing a Weapons of Mass Destruction Free Zone in the Middle East”

intern1 : March 27, 2014 3:44 pm : Events, Events 2014, Global Security Governance, Highlights from New York, Topics, Uncategorized

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 8:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
One UN Plaza Hotel, Riverview Room (28th Floor)
One United Nations Plaza (44th Street between First and Second Avenue)

Hellel Schenker (left) Co-Editor of the “Palestine-Israel Journal”; Ambassador Jarmo Viinanen, the Permenant Representative of Finland to the UN; and Thomas Countryman (right) Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, U.S. Department of State

In the run-up to the third and last session of the Preparatory Committee for the 2015 NPT Review Conference, to be held from April 28 to May 9, 2014, it is particularly timely to approach the subject of nuclear proliferation from different angles, regionally and globally, at the United Nations in New York. The Palestine-Israel Journal of Politics, Economics and Culture (PIJ), together with FES New York hosted this half-day conference to highlight the need for the abolition of weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East. Invited panelists comprised high-level diplomatic representatives, experts on the nuclear disarmament regime, and resource persons from the region.

 

 

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PIJ Special Edition “A Middle East Without Weapons of Mass Destruction”
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Past Event: “Care and Sustainable Economy in the Post 2015 Development Agenda”

intern1 : March 11, 2014 12:11 pm : Events, Events 2014, Global Economic Governance, Highlights from New York

Monday 17th March 2014
3:00pm- 4:15pm
Conference room C (CB), UN building, New York

Ms. Ute Möhring, Deputy Head of Division, Human Rights and Gender Equality, German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

Care work, referring to everyday activities like collecting water or cleaning the house but also caring for people who can’t take care on their own, is fundamental for sustaining the labor force as well as for absorbing the ‘invisible’ costs of poor infrastructure and service provision when governments do not provide them. But still, care work is divided unequally, not only among countries, but especially between genders, with the greater burden falling on women and girls.

Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN), Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung New York Office and the United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) organized a panel discussion with the co-sponsorship by the Governments of Uruguay and Germany, in order to discuss these problems and how they can be readdressed in the Post 2015 Development Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals. This panel brought the feminist advocates from the South to discuss the key priorities and strategies to integrate care work into the transformative sustainable development agenda and macro-economic policies. Government representatives from Uruguay and Germany gave valuable insights in terms of public policies on redistribution of care work as well their perspectives around the potential role of the recognition and redistribution of care work in shaping the Post 2015 Development Agenda. Interventions from governments were followed by a moderated discussion with all participants.

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Past Event: “The New Geopolitics of Peace Operations: A Dialogue with Emerging Powers”

intern1 : February 27, 2014 11:37 am : Events, Events 2014, Global Security Governance, Highlights from New York

Tuesday, 4 March 2014, 1:15–2:45 p.m.
Permanent Mission of Finland to the United Nations
866 United Nations Plaza, Suite 222 New York, NY 10017

H.E. Mr. Janne Taalas, the Deputy Representative from the Finnish Mission and H.E. Mr. Gonzalo Koncke Pizzorno, the Permanent Representative of the Mission of Urugay.

To stimulate an international debate on the changing nature of peace operations, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), with support of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, have launched “The New Geopolitics of Peace Operations” Initiative. This initiative comprises several regional dialogues on the role and perspectives of emerging powers and troop contributing countries within the wider context of the development and reform processes of global peace operations. Preliminary findings from the first series of regional dialogues were presented and discussed with the New York peace operations expert community on March 4, 2014. Beside other speakers, H.E. Mr. Janne Taalas (Deputy Permanent Representative of Finland to the UN) and H.E. Mr. Gonzalo Koncke Pizzorno (Permanent Representative of the Permanent Mission of Urugay to the UN), participated in the discussion.

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Past Event: “Social Protection: A Universal Rights-Based Development Goal”

intern1 : February 11, 2014 8:00 am : Events 2014, Global Economic Governance, Highlights from New York

Tuesday, 18 February 2014
1:15-2:30 pm
Conference Room 7, NLB, UN Headquarters, New York

Trevor Kaunda, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Zambia

Social protection is one of the foundations for inclusive, equitable and sustainable development and addresses simultaneously the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainability. Moreover, it has a transformative role in contributing to long-term inclusive and sustainable growth while also enhancing resilience against natural and manmade disasters, as well as economic and social crisis. A universal right based development goal for social protection should be part of the Post-2015 Development Agenda. A proposal for such an Development Goal was developed by the Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors, a coalition of more than 70 civil society and trade union organizations from all over the world, and was presented in a side even at the occasion on the 52nd session of the Commission for Social Development. Organised by the Global Coalition, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and the International Labour Organisation the purpose of the side-event was to initiate a wide debate among governments, civil society and social partners on the objective and content of the proposal for a Social Protection Development Goal.
Among the panelists were Trevor Kaunda, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security (Zambia) and Uwe Gehlen, Head of Section Social Protection, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and Member of the German UN Mission at CSocD.

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Past Event: NGO Forum for Social Development “The Role of Civil Society: Empowerment for Inclusive and Transformative Development”

intern1 : February 4, 2014 8:00 am : Events, Events 2014, Global Economic Governance, Highlights from New York

Monday, 10 February 2014
10:00-5:00 p.m.
New York, UN Headquarters, NLB, Conference Room 4

Former Spanish Prime Minister H.R. José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero and Michèle Auga


On the occasion of the 52nd session of the Commission for Social Development, FES New York joined again with the NGO Committee for Social Development and UN-DESA Division for Social Policy and Development to provide for a day-long preparatory forum for civil society representatives. The Commission is in its second of a 2-year focus on the issue of “empowerment” in the context of inclusive and transformative efforts and post- 2015 development agenda. Beside many other speakers, former Spanish Prime Minister H.E. José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero and H.E. Ms. Simona Miculescu, Ambassador of Romania to the United Nations, participated in the panel discussions.

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Past Event: “Afghanistan’s Region 2014 and Beyond: Joint Declaration on Regional Peace and Stability”

intern1 : January 28, 2014 3:28 pm : Events, Events 2014, Global Security Governance, Highlights from New York

Monday, 3 February 2014
1:15 – 2:45 p.m.
New York, UN Headquarters, 4th floor, Private Delegates Dining Room 1-3

Mr. Edmont Mulet (l.), UN Department for Peacekeeping Operations and H.E. Mr. Haron Amin, Afghanistan Policy Group

The future development of a stable and prosperous Afghanistan is of major importance for the peaceful development of South Asia, especially after the withdrawal of ISAF by the end of 2014. In order to build mutual understanding and to formulate policy guidelines for the region the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation (FES) established a network of policy groups in Afghanistan as well as Central Asia, India and Pakistan in 2012. The participants of this network – policy makers, scholars, journalists, former diplomats and military leaders – met on a regular basis during the past two years.
The result of these efforts – a joint declaration – was presented by FES New York at the United Nations on February 3. Among the panelists were Mr. Edmont Mulet, Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations and H.E. Mr. Haron Amin from the Afghanistan Policy Group, former Amabassador to Japan and Management Consultant and Analyst.

Program “Afghanistan’s Region 2014 and Beyond”
Joint Declaration on Regional Peace and Stability

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Past Event: “World Protests 2006-2013: A crisis of jobs, dignity and real democracy”

SaraB : December 16, 2013 11:24 am : Events, Events 2013, Global Economic Governance, Highlights from New York, Topics

December 11-12, 2013
Columbia University and United Nations Headquarters

Ms. Nermeen Shaikh (Democracy Now!) and Mr. José Antonio Ocampo  (Initiative for Policy Dialogue)

FES New York, Initiative for Policy Dialogue (IPD) and UN-Non Governmental Liaison Service convened a 2-day conference with protest organizers from around the world to discuss the new FES/IPD working paper, “World Protests 2006-2013” and its findings that 1) numbers of protests are rising worldwide and 2) protests demanding “real democracy” and economic justice are coming from every kind of political system. Conference highlights included an activists’ roundtable discussion on day 1 led by Nermeen Shaikh, producer for alternative news show Democracy Now! and a face-to-face encounter between activists and UN Member State delegates on day 2.

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FES and IPD invite distribution through websites and blogs; the executive summary and paper may be distributed without alteration with an attribution statement about the authors and their institutions and a clickable link to the original.

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Past Event: “Realizing a Vision for Transformative Development”

intern1 : December 16, 2013 10:35 am : Events, Events 2013, Global Economic Governance, Highlights from New York, Topics

Monday, 9 December 2013
New York, ECOSOC Chamber, UN Headquarters

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Vienna World Conference on Human Rights, the High Commissioner for Human Rights launched a book entitled “Realizing the right to development: Essays in Commemoration of 25 Years of the United Nations Declaration on the Right to Development.” The book comprises essays of 25 distinguished scholars who elaborate on the UN Declaration on the Right to Development and how its key demand, a people-centered vision transformative development, can be realized. Linked to this launch, FES New York co-hosted a discussion meeting with a select group of 10 co-authors on the publication and the importance of people-centered development in the post-2015 development agenda.

Program Book Launch
Concept Note Authors’ Roundtable
Right to Development Book

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Publication: Whose Development, Whose UN? Reclaiming the UN’s values-based framework

intern1 : December 16, 2013 10:30 am : Global Economic Governance, Highlights from New York, New York Publications, Publications on Global Economic Governance, Topics

Barbara Adams and Lou Pingeot
FES Perspective, November 2013

With the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) expiring in 2015, the United Nations is debating a new set of goals to guide future multilateral cooperation for development at a time when overlapping global risks – from the climate, poorly regulated finance and failed human security – present unprecedented challenges to international cooperation. To finance future development, the UN system is turning more and more to the private sector for answers without reflecting on the negative results that market-led development might bring. This Perspective offers an optimistic vision for reclaiming the UN’s traditionally values-based framework and suggests that accountability needs to be at the core of development.

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Publication: World Protests 2006-2013

SaraB : December 16, 2013 10:28 am : Global Economic Governance, Highlights from New York, New York Publications, Publications on Global Economic Governance, Topics

Isabel Ortiz, Sara Burke, Mohamed Berrada and Hernán Cortés
IPD/FES Working Paper, September 2013

This joint effort of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung New York office and Initiative for Policy Dialogue at Columbia University, analyzes 843 protests between January 2006 and July 2013, in 87 countries covering over 90% of world population. The paper focuses on: (i) major grievances driving world protests (ii) who is demonstrating, what protest methods they use, and who are they opposed to (iii) achievements and repression of social movements in the short term, and (iv) the main policy demands of world demonstrators. The paper finds that 1) numbers of protests are rising worldwide and 2) protests demanding “real democracy” and economic justice are coming from every kind of political system.  Authors call on policy-makers to listen, whether messages are articulate or communicate only through frustration and violence.

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FES and IPD invite distribution through websites and blogs; the executive summary and paper may be distributed without alteration with an attribution statement about the authors and their institutions and a clickable link to the original.

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Past Event: “FES New York 2013 Fall Academy: ‘How to Make Beste Use of UN Capacities’ “

intern1 : November 19, 2013 1:55 pm : Events, Events 2013, Highlights from New York

11 – 15 November 2013, New York

From 11- 15 November 2013, FES New York hosted its eighth annual Fall Academy “How to Make Best Use of UN Capacities” for young international policy analysts. 16 participants from eleven countries and four continents attended discussions about the work of the Security Council and other main UN bodies, financing of the UN, peace and security issues, as well as new concepts for development beyond the Millennium Development Goals. They gained first- hand experience in meetings with UN Secretariat representatives, Member States diplomats and NGO experts. The training provided the participants with the opportunity to obtain in-depth knowledge of the capacities of the UN to deal with policy issues that are also relevant for their work at home.

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Past Event: “Transparency in International Arms Transfers: Has the Arms Trade Treaty Killed off the UN Register of Conventional Arms?”

intern1 : October 22, 2013 2:08 pm : Events 2013, Global Security Governance, Highlights from New York, Reforming the United Nations, Uncategorized

Monday, October 28, 2013
1:15-3:00 pm
German House, 871 UN Plaza

Dr. Paul Holtom (SIPRI)

One of the stated purposes of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) is to promote cooperation, transparency and responsible action in the international trade in conventional arms. At the same time, the already existing mechanism for transparency in international transfers of conventional arms, the United Nations Register of Conventional Arms (the Register) has reached a low point: Submission by UN Member States dropped to its lowest ever level in 2012. Some of the group’s participant were presenting their views on the future of the Register and the impact of the adaption of the ATT during this event, which was of particular interest for international organizations, the diplomatic community and civil society organizations.

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Past Event: “From Repression to Regulation: Proposals for Drug Policy Reform”

intern1 : October 22, 2013 2:06 pm : Events, Events 2013, Global Security Governance, Highlights from New York, Topics

Thursday, October 17, 2013
1:15-2:45 pm
UN Building

Mr. Eduardo Vergara

There is a growing international consensus that the war on drugs has failed. Problems created by drug trafficking have been exacerbated increasingly by the negative side effects of prohibitionist policies. Over the last two years therefore, the Cooperation Program on Regional Security in Latin America and the Caribbean of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) has conducted debates about and developed proposals for alternative public policies and a different international drug regime. These debates resulted in the book “From Repression to Regulation: Proposals for Drug Policy Reform” and a condensed publication with policy recommendations. The authors propose to differentiate the regulation of the whole value chain (production, trade, and consumption), according to drug type and informed by scientific evidence. Two of the authors were present during this launch of the publications at the UN and discussed their proposals.

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Past Event: “Why the Bank and Fund Have Provided Too Little Debt Relief Too Late, and What Can Be Done About It”

SaraB : October 8, 2013 12:03 pm : Events, Events 2013, Global Economic Governance, Highlights from New York

Saturday, October 12, 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

World Bank, Room I 2 – 250

In a remarkable stock taking effort, the IMF has stated that in its management of sovereign debt crises it has often provided insufficient debt relief. There are numerous reasons for this, some technical, some more political in nature. What exactly have been the reasons for these International Financial Institutions’ poor performance?  And what can be done to improve sovereign debt workout processes in the future? Experts shed light on the history of debt workout procedures and made suggestions for improvements.

Speakers:

Matthew Martin, Director, Debt Relief International–”Debt Relief Beyond HIPC: What is needed in terms of debt relief?”

Gail Hurley, Policy Specialist, United Nations Development Programme–”The New Debt Crisis in the Small Island Developing States: The need for bold action”

Timothy Antoine, Permanent Secretary, Grenada Ministry of Finance (TBC)–”The Reform Debate and the Case of Grenada”

Adrian Cosentino, Secretary of Finance, Argentina Ministry of the Economy (TBC)–”How the Argentina/NML-Capital Case Challenges Existing Debt Workout Mechanisms”

Anna Gelpern, Professor of Law, Georgetown University

“Where the IMF’s Honest Analysis of the Greek Case Should Lead to Honest Consequences”

(Event is open to those with accreditation to the Bank and Fund Annual General Meetings)

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Past Event: “The United Nations’ Role in Global Disarmament Efforts: The European Perspective”

intern1 : October 8, 2013 12:00 pm : Events, Events 2013, Global Security Governance, Highlights from New York, Topics

Monday, October 7, 2013
New York, UN Headquarters

Ms. Angela Kane

In this Luncheon Event “The United Nations’ Role in Global Disarmament Efforts: The European Perspective” a group of high level European politicians, including Massimo D’Alema (Former Prime Minister of Italy) and Boris Tadic (Former President of Serbia) discussed with Angela Kane (Pictured, UN High Representative for Disarmament) and Ambassador Mayr-Harting (PR of the EU to the UN) about European perspectives on the United Nation’s current achievements in disarmament.

Remarks Angela Kane

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Past Event: “Migration and Development: A Decent Work Issue”

intern1 : September 30, 2013 3:59 pm : Events 2013, Global Economic Governance, Highlights from New York, Topics, Uncategorized

Wednesday October 2, 2013
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
UNHQ, Conference Room 6 (North Lawn Building)

High Level Dialogue on Migration and Development

This interactive panel was co-hosted by the Council of Global Unions and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) New York office, with the support of the Philippine Permanent Mission to the United Nations.
International migration today is largely driven by the search for decent work. While the impact of the crisis continues to unfold, poverty continues to spread as global unemployment deepens and access to essential public services and social protection is drastically reduced. Almost half of the international migration today comprise of women who are predominantly found in jobs such as in health and social care, education, hospitality and domestic work. Despite their known positive contributions to societies, migrant workers suffer from discrimination, abuses and violations of their rights.

The UN High Level Dialogue on Migration and Development provides the opportunity within the United Nations to review the current discourse on migration and development, and to discuss: 1) what both governments and Global Unions want from the HL Dialogue, 2) what needs to be done to better integrate migration policy with labour market policy, and 3) what is necessary for a rights-based approach to migration.

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Past Event: “How Can the High-Level Meeting Contribute to Progress in Nuclear Disarmament?”

intern1 : September 20, 2013 11:12 am : Events 2013, Global Security Governance, Highlights from New York, Uncategorized

Thursday, 26 September 2013, 1:15 to 2:30pm
New York, UNHQ, Trusteeship Council Chamber
Conference Room A

Michele Auga is Speaking at Side Event

This discussion event was co-hosted by the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) and the Friedrich-Ebert Stiftung (FES) New York office, with the support of the Indonesian Permanent Mission to the United Nations. It was a side event organized during the High-Level Meeting (HLM) of the United Nations General Assembly on Nuclear Disarmament.

Speakers and discussants of the side event addressed how the High-Level Meeting and other initiatives, such as the recently established Open Ended Working Group (OEWG) on Taking Forward Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament Negotiations can reinvigorate the global quest for denuclearization.

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FES report Framework Forum Geneva
UNIDIR Background Paper
OEWG Proposals

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Past Event: “Strengthening Gender Justice and Human Rights to Achieve Sustainable Development”

intern1 : September 17, 2013 2:13 pm : Events 2013, Global Economic Governance, Highlights from New York

Thursday, 19 September 2013
New York, UNHQ, Trusteeship Council Chamber
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Gender Justice for Sustainable Development

In the run-up to the opening of the 68th UN General Assembly, FES together with the Women’s Major Group (WMG), UN Women and the Missions of Timor-Leste and Norway, had organized an event to highlight women’s perspectives from around the world on sustainable development themes including gender equality, food sovereignty, decent work, sustainable energy, and climate change. Women’s Major Group speakers presented perspectives from the Global South and shared analyses and key recommendations for the Post 2015 sustainable development agenda. Brief responses were followed by a moderated discussion with all participants.

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Live and On-Demand TV Webcast
New FES/WMG Publication “Strengthening Gender Justice”
Nueva FES/WMG publicación “Fortalecimiento de la justicia de género”
New FES/WMG Publication “Renforcer l’équité de genre”
Concept Note

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Past Event: “Civil Society Perspectives: Building State Capacity to Prevent Atrocity Crimes”

VolkerL : September 6, 2013 1:21 pm : Events, Events 2013, Global Security Governance, Highlights from New York

Monday, 9 September 2013
New York, Intercontinental Barclay Hotel
11:00 am – 4:00 pm

In the run-up to and two days before this year’s UN General Assembly dialogue on the Responsibility to Protect (RtoP), FES together with the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR), the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect (ICRtoP), and the Stanley Foundation hosted a discussion event. It featured civil society representatives who shared their experiences on and provided recommendations for engaging with governments to build domestic capacity to prevent the commission of atrocities. Keynotes were delivered by the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng (pictured) and the newly appointed Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect, Jennifer Welsh.

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Live TV Webcast
UN Secretary-General’s Report
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Publication: “Democratic Emerging Powers and the International Human Rights System”

VolkerL : September 4, 2013 11:38 am : Global Security Governance, Highlights from New York, New York Publications, Publications on Global Security Governance

Rob Jenkins and Emma Mawdsley
FES International Policy Analysis, August 2013

Democratic Emerging Powers (DEPs) such as Brazil, India, and South Africa, aspire for a more prominent role in global politics. This publication analyzes the hitherto neglected role of DEPs in the international human rights system, based on their involvement in the UN Human Rights Council, the UN Security Council, and the international development machinery. DEP’s have to straddle domestic political pressures, ongoing support for developing countries’ conceptions of state sovereignty, and the protection of national interests from potentially intrusive monitoring regimes. The authors conclude that DEP governments have prioritized pragmatism over principle. Consequently, similar to the established Western democratic powers, DEPs have turned into inconsistent advocates for democracy and human rights on the international stage.

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Publication: “Reforming the Working Methods of the UN Security Council: The Next ACT”

VolkerL : August 13, 2013 4:24 pm : Global Security Governance, Highlights from New York, New York Publications, Publications on Global Security Governance, Publications on Reforming the United Nations, Reforming the United Nations

Volker Lehmann
FES Perspective, August 2013

In May 2013, some 20 UN member states launched a new initiative to improve the working methods of the UN Security Council. Dubbed “ACT”, the initiative aims for greater accountability, coherence, and transparency in the Council’s activities. This publication gauges this effort against the backdrop of previous stalled attempts to reform either working methods or the composition of the Council. It concludes that ACT’s modest and seemingly technical proposals cut to the highly-political core issues of who controls representation of member states interests and who controls the reform agenda at the UN.

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Recent Event: “Learning From Experience: Building the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda with People Living in Extreme Poverty

SaraB : July 1, 2013 11:05 am : Events, Events 2013, Global Economic Governance, Highlights from New York, Reforming the United Nations

Thursday June 27, 2013
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
UNHQ, Conference Room 1 (Conference Building)

This panel discussion presented proposals for the sustainable development agenda based on a year-long participatory research project carried out with people living in extreme poverty. Research participants from communities in Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Haiti, Guatemala, Madagascar, Mauritius, the Philippines, and Peru participated in order to evaluate the Millennium Development Goals, but in order to contribute to the current debate on global goals for sustainable development, families living in extreme poverty in Belgium, France and Poland contributed an assessment of anti-poverty strategies in their countries as well. The 5 recommendations of the study are 1) leave no one behind; 2) people living in poverty should not be “consulted” but should be partners in development; 3) promote decent jobs and social protection floors to meet the essential needs of everyone; 4) achieve education and training for all based on cooperation among all stakeholders; and 5) promote participatory good governance. The research was conducted by the International Movement ATD Fourth World. This panel discussion was organized by them in partnership with Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, International Trade Union Confederation, Social Watch, the Governments of France, Peru and the Philippines, la Francophonie, Participate and UN-NGLS.

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Recent Event: “Strengthening the Relationship between UN Member States and Civil Society”

intern1 : May 24, 2013 10:10 am : Events, Events 2013, Highlights from New York

By Invitation Only
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m
Ali Baba’s Terrace, 862 Second Avenue

FES New York organized a special event to bid farewell to Dr. Werner Puschra, and to welcome the new Executive Director, Michèle Auga. This event featured perspectives on “Strengthening the Relationship between UN Member States and Civil Society”.

Speakers: Ms. Barbara Adams (Senior Fellow at Global Policy Forum Europe), H.E. Mr. Saul Weisleder (Deputy Permanent Representative of Costa Rica to the UN), Ms. Anita Nayar (Chief of the New York office of UN-Non-Governmental Liaison Service), and Mr. Robert Zuber (Director of Global Action to Prevent War).

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Recent Publications on “Inter-linkages between High Level Political Forum and ECOSOC Reform”

SaraB : May 24, 2013 10:09 am : Events, Events 2013, Highlights from New York, New York Publications, Publications on Reforming the United Nations, Reforming the United Nations

ECOSOC-Pres and 4 Co-facilitatorsOn 8 May FES New York organized an informal roundtable in which Ambassadors could engage in informal and candid dialogue to enhance political understanding of the ECOSOC reform and High Level Political Forum processes and their impact on the development agenda of the UN.  Discussions concentrated on 1) inter-linkages between the two processes; 2) mechanisms to review national implementation, 3) the role of IMF and World Bank in a reformed institutional framework for sustainable development, and 4) mechanisms for participation of Major Groups and other non-state actors in sustainable development. The meeting was hosted by the German Mission, co-sponsored by the Missions of Mexico and Denmark and Stakeholder Forum, supported by UN-DESA, and organized in consultation with the co-facilitators of the two processes. More than 75 Ambassadors, members of delegations, representatives of the UN , IMF and World Bank Secretariats and institutional organizers attended the round table. The meeting was held under Chatham House Rule.

Summary of Discussions from 8 May Meeting

“The UN and the BWIs: How to promote policy coherence and coordination for sustainable development, a “think piece” backgrounder produced by FES New York for the 8 May Meeting

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Publication: “Looking to the Future of the Arms Trade Treaty”

intern1 : April 25, 2013 11:21 am : Global Security Governance, Highlights from New York, New York Publications, Publications on Global Security Governance, Topics

Katherine Prizeman
FES Perspective, April 2013

After more than one decade of preparations and negotiations, the UN General Assembly adopted the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) in April 2013. The ATT sets important precedents for working towards the goals of prohibiting arms transfers to countries where there is serious risk of violations of human rights and humanitarian law and where arms could potentially thwart peace and security. In addition, the adopted treaty underlines the significance of greater transparency and accountability in global arms trade. However, this publication highlights various shortcomings and loopholes of the ATT. Despite the potential the treaty bears, it remains rather symbolic and normative in meaning. The treaty does not reflect what the majority of states had originally called for, but is, through a consensus-driven process, confined to agreements on the lowest common denominator. More importantly, the adoption of the treaty is not a victory in-and-of-itself, but merely the first step in a long process ranging from ratification, effective work of the Conference of States Parties, to robust implementation. The author emphasizes the importance of securing the rapid entry into force of the ATT and of safeguarding the participation of the largest arms-trading nations. Otherwise, the ATT will stay a rather imperfect treaty failing to counteract the severe consequences of illicit and unregulated arms trade.

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Past Event: “The Limits to Growth Then and Now: A new evaluation and possible solutions”

SaraB : April 12, 2013 10:13 am : Events, Events 2013, Global Economic Governance, Highlights from New York

Open to all UN Pass-Holders
April 16, 2013, 15:00-18:00
UNHQ NLB-Conference Room 6

For over 20 years the international community has struggled to develop the right institutions and policies to implement sustainable development, but the established institutions and policies are weak. The actions enabled by them have tended to emphasize environmental degradation over underlining causes – including weak state and corporate fiscal, tax, budget, trade, energy, agriculture and other polices – and in the values underlining those, which support the Washington Consensus, a neoliberal economic paradigm and an outmoded vision of globalization, which is insensitive to planetary boundaries.

This event featured Club of Rome experts, Ian Dunlop, whose 30 years in oil and coal exploration as an engineer and senior executive at Royal Dutch Shell, had convinced him that we cannot continue our present model of global economic growth with the use of fossil fuels, even with the most optimistic technology scenarios, if we want to avoid a global climate emergency, and Tapio Kanninen, whose new book, Crisis of Global Sustainability, evaluates the Club’s history and impact. The Club of Rome experts, who were joined by stakeholders from the UN system, including Tomas Anker Christensen, from the UN Office for Partnerships, contended that the diplomats, politicians and whole intergovernmental system had not yet understood the severity of the crisis.  They therefore seriously questioned the current paradigm of international negotiations on climate change and sustainable development.

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Past Event: “Sovereign Debt Crises, Restructurings and Resolution Mechanisms: Lessons Learned and Ongoing Work”

SaraB : April 11, 2013 9:59 am : Events, Events 2013, Global Economic Governance, Highlights from New York

A Briefing for Member States
April 11, 2013, 13:00-15:00
UNHQ Secretariat Building, Room 2723
(Attendance for non-Member States only by confirmed RSVP: seating for non-Member States not guaranteed.)

The purpose of this briefing was to help prepare UN Member States for substantive participation in the ECOSOC’s 23 April 2013 meeting – in conjunction with its special high-level meeting with the Bretton Woods institutions, the World Trade Organization and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development – to consider lessons learned from debt crises and to assess the ongoing work on sovereign debt restructuring and debt resolution mechanisms so as to guide policy-makers in shaping the future policy agenda in debt crisis prevention and resolution.

Confirmed Panelists: Ms. Shamshad Akhtar, Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development, UN-DESA, Mr. James Haley, Executive Director, Inter American Development Bank, Mr. Sergio Chodos, Executive Director from Argentina to the International Monetary Fund, Ms. Benu Schneider, Senior Economic Affairs Officer, UN-DESA, and with reflections by Mr. Walter Schuldt, Mission of Ecuador to the United Nations. The briefing will be followed by a moderated question and answer session.

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Past Event: World Social Forum in Tunis, Tunisia

intern1 : March 14, 2013 3:42 pm : Events, Events 2013, Global Economic Governance, Highlights from New York

“Global Sustainability Goals: The way forward in shaping transformation towards a more equitable, just and sustainable world”

Workshop/Panel Discussion sponsored by FES, Global Policy Forum, Social Watch, DAWN
27 March, 2013

The present framework of international development goals revolving around “Millennium Development Goals” for the year 2015 does not provide adequate answers to the global problems, whether global warming or growing inequalities. Both the debate over a post-2015 agenda as well as the agreement at the Rio conference to formulate Sustainable Development Goals now offers the opportunity to readdress holistic concepts of prosperity and progress in societies. What could an integrated system of Global Sustainability Goals look like? What are its normative foundations? Beyond goals: what accountability mechanisms must be put in place? How could such goals be embedded in a rights-based approach to development and a system of fair burden-sharing?

With: Roberto Bissio, Social Watch; Anita Nayar/Nicole Bidegain, Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN) (tbc); Jens Martens, GPF Europe; Ziad Abdel Samad, Arab NGO Network for Development (tbc); Jean Saldanha, International Cooperation for Development and Solidarity (CIDSE) (tbc); Sara Burke, FES New York Office.

FES Senior Policy Analyst Sara Burke also participated on the panel of UBUNTU’s “Governance and Democracy: linking global and local needs in an interdependent world” workshop on 27 March, 2013, 11:30-14:00hrs.

FES at 2013 World Social Forum
Sustainability Blog Post by Sara Burke
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Past Event: “UN Security Council Sanctions on Natural Resources: Towards a More Global Approach”

intern1 : March 14, 2013 3:00 pm : Events, Events 2013, Global Security Governance, Highlights from New York

March 21/22, 2013
UN Church Center, New York
Attendance only by Invitation

workshop natural resourcesFES New York co-sponsored this two-day exchange of views on current sanctions as a means to prevent natural resources revenues from fuelling conflicts. Current UN natural resources-related sanctions are linked with governance and due diligence standards that may not adequately reflect global variations in trading concepts, particularly those of the political South. This dialogue initiated a year-long series of events and activities, which should help formulate recommendations for more effective sanctions and due diligence guidelines designed to inspire truly global observance. Among the speakers were Claude Kabemba (Director SARWatch, pictured left) and Paul Yenga Mabolia (National Coordinator, Promines DRC- Ministry of Mines, pictured right).

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CCI Sanctions and Natural Resources Dialogue
FES International Policy Analysis
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Past Event: “Arms Transfer, Transparency, and the ATT”

intern1 : March 14, 2013 1:37 pm : Events, Events 2013, Global Security Governance, Highlights from New York

March 18, 2013, 1:15 – 2:30 pm
UN Headquarters, New York, North Lawn Building, Conference Room B

Att_side event 18.3.2013On the occasion of the beginning of the final conference on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) on March 18, 2013, FES New York co-hosted a side-event at the UN that brought together various actors’ perspectives to strengthen the regulation of international trade in conventional arms. The debate, opened by the UN’s High Representative for Disarmament Angela Kane (pictured left), was chaired by Ambassador Paul Beijer, head of the Swedish delegation to the ATT conference (right). The event coincided with the launch of an updated version of the SIPRI Arms Transfers Database, which highlights the   importance of transparency for a robust, legally binding treaty.

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Past Event “Lessons Learned From the 2012 QCPR Process”

VolkerL : March 13, 2013 5:18 pm : Events, Events 2013, Global Economic Governance, Highlights from New York, Reforming the United Nations

February 28, 2013
UN Secretariat

After the UN General Assembly adopted in December 2012 Resolution 67/226 on the quadrennial comprehensive policy review (QCPR) of UN operational activities for development, on February 28, 2013, FES New York hosted a workshop for key participants in the 2012 QCPR process. The meeting, which was opened by Wu Hongbo, Under Secretary-General, UNDESA  (pictured right) helped to formulate lessons learned that should also inform the planning and organization of other major intergovernmental processes in the future.

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UNDESA QCPR

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Past Event: “Civil society: Promoting empowerment of people to achieve the goals of social development”

intern1 : January 31, 2013 1:55 pm : Events, Events 2013, Global Economic Governance, Highlights from New York

February 5, 2013
United Nations HQ, NLB

CSF2013

Each year the NGO Committee conducts a Forum, based on the theme to be addressed by the UN Commission for Social Development at its annual meeting. The theme of this year’s civil society forum was “Civil society: Promoting empowerment of people to achieve the goals of social development”. The Commission and NGO forum were an opportunity for governments and civil society to explore effective policies and practices to eliminate poverty, reduce inequality, and achieve social integration and decent work for all.

The contribution of the FES New York office to these debates also included inputs from authors- Iñigo Errejón (pictured on the right), Andrew Ross and National Nurses United-who have contributed to our most recent publication, “The Future We the People Need”.

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Publication: “The Future We the People Need: Voices from New Social Movements in North Africa, Middle East, Europe & North America”

intern1 : January 31, 2013 12:58 pm : Global Economic Governance, Highlights from New York

Werner Puschra and Sara Burke (EDS.)
FES International Policy Analysis February 2013

Many new social movements have sprung up since the financial crisis in 2008. In North Africa, the Middle East, Europe and North America they emerged out of social protests against economic austerity, inequality and political exclusion. This publication features 20 contributions, from activists and analysts in Egypt, Tunisia, Israel, Greece, Ireland, Spain, the US, Canada and Mexico, who were invited, not to look back at the protests to analyze their causes, but to critically and constructively examine the creative proposals and campaigns that have emerged from them. The motifs that come through— frustration with government for failing to address political and social exclusion, lack of faith in official political processes and actors, the belief that new social movements are sowing seeds of a more direct democracy—are common in each country and all regions. However, the theme that is emerging most strongly is that of a deep crisis in political representation. As the UN system engages in discussions to construct a future for sustainable development, what the Rio+20 outcome calls, “The Future We Want,” this publication aims to help articulate why “we the people’s” needs can and must inform the next generation of development goals.

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Publication: “Sanctions and the Effort to Globalize Natural Resources Governance”

intern1 : January 16, 2013 10:53 am : Global Security Governance, Highlights from New York

Enrico Carisch and Loraine Rickard-Martin
International Policy Analysis, January 2013

At critical times in the past, the UN Security Council has designed various kinds of sanctions to curtail conflicts involving natural resources. The dearth of consequences for violations of these UN sanctions however indicates a continued lack of global leadership on natural resources. As many resource-rich countries in Africa are replacing industrialized nations as their most important trading partners, they increasingly bypass the evolving framework of Western norms and standards. This publication analyzes the new threats to international peace and security and emphasizes the need for a coordinated response of the industrialized West and the resource-rich South.

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Past Event: “Democratic Emerging Powers and the International Human Rights System”

intern1 : December 13, 2012 3:08 pm : Events 2012, Global Security Governance, Highlights from New York, Uncategorized

12 December 2012, New York

India, Brazil, and South Africa (known as the IBSA group), along with countries such as Mexico, Indonesia, and Turkey are participating more intensively in global governance. The FES New York Office & Hunter College’s Department of Political Science organized this workshop at the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute to focus on how these and other Democratic Emerging Powers (or DEPs) engage as key stakeholders within multilateral institutions that shape the international human rights system. Among the panelists were Kenneth Roth, Executive Director of Human Rights Watch (pictured on the left); Jonathan Fanton, Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute (pictured on the right); Rob Jenkins, Dept. of Political Science, Hunter College; Bertrand Ramcharan, President of UPR Info, and Emma Mawdsley, Dept. of Geography, Cambridge University.

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Past Event: “Toward A New Generation Of Development Goals”

intern1 : November 14, 2012 4:16 pm : Events, Events 2012, Global Economic Governance, Highlights from New York, Uncategorized

26 November 2012, New York

Many discussions have emerged about whether the world needs a new development paradigm, and if so, what sort of framework must underpin it, what aspirational goals will guide it and what targets and indicators will be used to measure and evaluate its progress. The FES New York Office and Club de Madrid organized this daylong event together with co-sponsors, the Ford Foundation and the UN-Missions of Mexico, Peru and France to bring together key participants in the relevant stakeholder groups – in civil society, the UN system and among political decision-makers – to help further these discussions on what is needed in the post-2015/pre-Sustainable Development Goals framework.

Among the speakers were: UN-DSG Jan Eliasson (pictured on the right), former President of Peru Alejandro Toledo (pictured on the left),  SG’s High-Level Panelists on post-2015 Betty Maina, CEO of Kenya’s Association of Manufacturers, and John Podesta, Chair of Center for American Progress, as well as Beyond 2015 Executive Board Co-Chair Mwangi Waituru and Executive Secretary of the SG’s High-Level Panel Homi Kharas.

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Archived Webcast
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Past Event “FES New York Fall Academy 2012″

intern1 : November 12, 2012 3:54 pm : Events, Events 2012, Highlights from New York, Uncategorized

12 – 16 November 2012, New York

From November 12 to 16, 2012 the FES New York office hosted its seventh annual Fall Academy “How to Make Best Use of UN Capacities” for young international policy analysts. 19 participants came to New York for one week to learn hands-on about the work of the United Nations. They met with UN Secretariat diplomats, UN Member State Representatives and NGO experts to discuss the UN’s work on peace and security issues, the Post-MDG process, and the UN’s most recent reform initiatives. The training provided the participants with the opportunity to obtain in-depth knowledge of the capacities of the UN to deal with policy issues that are also relevant for their work at home. The 2012 Fall Academy put particular emphasis on the UN’s post-2015 Millennium Development Goals Agenda.

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Past Event: “Study Visit of an India/Pakistan Delegation to the UN in New York”

intern1 : November 4, 2012 4:48 pm : Events, Events 2012, Global Security Governance, Highlights from New York, Uncategorized

4 – 9 November 2012, New York

As Pakistan and India are jointly serving as non-permanent members in the UN Security Council in 2012, the FES New York organized a study visit of a joint delegation from both countries to the United Nations in New York from November 4 until November 10, 2012. This select group of high-level policy makers, parliamentarians, policy analysts and media representatives discussed a variety of contemporary security challenges with diplomats from the Security Council and UN Secretariat officials, such as Adama Dieng (pictured), the UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide.

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Past Event: “Effective Use of Information to Empower/Influence Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Efforts”

intern1 : October 2, 2012 3:48 pm : Events, Events 2012, Global Security Governance, Highlights from New York, Uncategorized

25 October 2012, New York

This side event to the 2012 sessions of the First Committee to the General Assembly was co-hosted by the Permanent Mission of Japan (Ambassador Nishida pictured on the right), the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) and FES New York. The debate focused on the role of information in combating the spread of conventional arms and weapons of mass destruction following the 10th anniversary of the Secretary-General’s report on Disarmament Education. The Panelists were William Potter, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS) (pictured on the left); John Ennis, UNODA; Mark Bromley, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI); and Terue Okada, University of Tokyo.

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Past Event: “Arms Control and Missile Proliferation in the Middle East”

intern1 : October 1, 2012 3:34 pm : Events, Events 2012, Global Security Governance, Highlights from New York

15 October 2012, New York

As a variety of conflicts loom large over the Middle East and the Persian Gulf, the region is also bearing the world’s highest density of weapons, including missiles. The recently published book “Arms Control and Missile Proliferation in the Middle East” analyzes this volatile security situation and outlines the conditions under which a gradual missiles reduction might be achieved in the Middle East. The FES New York organized this debate together with the Permanent Missions of Austria, Finland (Ambassador Taalas pictured in the middle) and Japan (Ambassador Kodama pictured on the right) to give the authors the opportunity to discuss their main findings and recommendations at the UN.

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Publication: “Sustainable Development in an Unequal World: How Do We Really Get ‘The Future We Want’?”

SaraB : September 30, 2012 11:31 am : Global Economic Governance, Highlights from New York, Uncategorized

Edited by Werner Puschra and Sara Burke; Contributions by Jomo Kwame Sundaram, Michelle Bachelet, Gro Harlem Brundtland, Sharan Burrow, Ángel Gurría, H. E. Enrique Castillo Barrantes, Anthony Lake, Mary Robinson
FES International Policy Analysis
, September 2012

“Is there something wrong with us as human beings that we can’t see we need a newparadigm of development?”  This was a question that Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and head of Climate Justice, posed during the Rio+20 Summit.  This publication of speeches delivered at Rio+20 presents a strongly unified message from world leaders past and present that not only does environmental justice require social justice, which cannot be achieved without greater equality of income and wealth between and within countries, but even more emphatically, without serious and urgent progress toward environmental, social and economic justice, we face a growing crisis of democracy.

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Publication: “Preparing for a UN Emergency Peace Service”

intern1 : August 13, 2012 4:43 pm : Global Security Governance, Highlights from New York, Uncategorized

H. Peter Langille
FES Perspective, August 2012

This publication emphasizes the need for a United Nations Emergency Peace Service (UNEPS) and analyzes its key roles and requirements. UNEPS aims to create a permanent and standing, robust, highly trained and well-equipped UN military formation under the command of the Security Council. The author underlines that the UNEPS would ensure a prompt, effective response to armed conflicts and genocide, protect civilians, help-rebuilding and ensure collective peace and security. Furthermore, it would renew confidence in the UN as an organization, especially in its capacity and commitment to fulfill assigned tasks. The author concludes with recommendations for the next concrete steps towards such a UNEPS.

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