Highlights from New York

Past Event: FES New York 2016 Fall Academy: “Using the UN’s Sustainable Development Agenda for Transformative Politics” – A Training for Young International Policy Makers

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November 14-18, 2016
Hotel Roger Smith and UNHQ, New York

Group PictureAt this year’s Fall Academy, young policy makers developed skills to influence the political agenda associated with the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in their respective home countries. The participants collaborated on different topics (e.g. gender equality, decent work for all, consumption, climate change) in order to share expertise and learn from one another’s experience. Based on this group work, individual policy papers were developed to help create a synergy between participants’ ongoing work for progressive political transformation and the implementation of the SDG agenda in each participant’s home country.

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New Publication: “A Soft Law Mechanism for Sovereign Debt Restructuring”

intern1 : October 25, 2016 4:56 pm : Global Economic Governance, Highlights from New York, Publications on Global Economic Governance

Martin Guzman and Joseph E. Stiglitz
FES New York – International Policy Analysis, October 2016
ISBN:  978-3-95861-605-9

As authors Martin Guzman and Joseph Stiglitz show, sovereign lending markets are not working well. The current system remains fraught with perverse incentives that lead to destructive and inequitable outcomes. In September, 2015, the United Nations General Assembly approved nine principles to guide sovereign debt restructuring processes.  These are: sovereignty, good faith, transparency, impartiality, sovereign immunity, legitimacy, sustainability, and majority restructuring. This timely brief analyzes the usefulness of the nine principles and discusses to what extent countries can use them as an effective tool. The brief concludes with a strategic discussion on how to move reform efforts forward.

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Past Event: “Breakfast Q&A with Professors Joseph Stiglitz and Martin Guzman on Building a Soft Law Mechanism for Sovereign Debt Restructuring”

intern1 : October 25, 2016 4:49 pm : Events 2016, Global Economic Governance, Highlights from New York

Joseph Stiglitz at FES NY breakfast

Prof. Joseph Stiglitz (Columbia University)

By Invitation only:
UN Delegates’ Dining Room, 8:30 am – 9:45 am, October 31, 2016

As the 2016 session of the UNGA Second Committee moves to consider macroeconomic policy questions related to external debt sustainability and development, FES New York was hosting a breakfast to celebrate the launch of the new FES International Policy Analysis paper on “A Soft Law Mechanism for Sovereign Debt Restructuring” by Martin Guzman and Joseph Stiglitz.  The breakfast Q&A was moderated by Eric LeCompte, Executive Director of Jubilee USA Network and was intended as a strategic discussion with its authors on how to move reform efforts forward by means of the UN Nine Principles.

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Past Workshop and Report: “Assessing How Global Financial Institutions Impact Inequality”

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Report launched 25 October 2016 | Workshop 3-4 June 2016
New York, N.Y.

We are pleased to share with you a new conference report from the June 2016 workshop organized by FES and New Rules to strengthen how we understand, assess and report on inequality and the role that the global financial makers in the IMF, World Bank, OECD, United Nations, G20, and Financial Stability Board can have on it. For this event, FES convened an academic- and policy-experts’ Reflection Group on Inequality to advise on how best to strengthen understanding and reporting on inequality.  Far from merely recommending how to refine the use of best measures, literature and data, participants in the Reflection Group on Inequality focused on the ongoing need to engage more deeply with fundamental questions like, “What do we mean by inequality? Why do we care about it? What can we know about it?” They identified two main roadblocks: a lack of sufficient data to accurately assess inequality, especially international inequality, and political capture of international organizations by the richest and most powerful countries and of national governments by the richest and most powerful private actors.

The report summarizes the debate between leading academics, economic and financial policy experts, and representatives from global financial institutions and recommends a two-pronged way forward to assess the role of the institutions in combating or exacerbating inequalities.

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Past Event: “Global Financial Rule-Making Bodies’ Impact on Inequality: Focus on Transmission Mechanisms”

intern1 : October 25, 2016 4:27 pm : Events 2016, Global Economic Governance, Highlights from New York

Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Washington, D.C.

This working seminar was a follow up to the 3-4 June 2016 workshop, “Assessing How Global Financial Institutions Impact Inequality” with authors of an upcoming “Governance and Impact on Inequality” report that will launched in April 2017.

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Past Event: “Women, Peace, and Security: Are We There Yet?”

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016, 1:00 – 3:00 pm, International Peace Institute

FES New York, together with OnMelissa Labonte-3256 edite Earth Future and the International Peace Institute co-sponsored this discussion on achieving the goals of the women, peace, and security (WPS) agenda. Based on a recent article in the Global Governance journal, the event examined the political will, resources, and integration of policy and practice required to advance.

One year on from the release of the Global Study on Resolution 1325—the landmark fifteen-year review of global progress—women’s leadership, women’s rights, and funding for gender equality are still often put on the back burner by international decision-makers, including the UN Security Council. This lagging implementation is despite the gendered nature of today’s most pressing conflicts, and despite the overwhelming evidence of the positive impact of women’s participation on peacefulness.

This World Café-style discussion was opened by the presentation of a recent Global Governance journal article, “Women, Peace, and Security: Are We There Yet?” by Gaynel Curry and Melissa Labonte (see picture). Subsequently, participants engaged in three rounds of “peace talk” discussion on progressive sets of questions.

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New Publication – FES Perspective “Rights and Environmental Protection Following Paris and the SDGs: Towards a Stronger Role for the United Nations” by Ken Conca

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Ken Conca
FES New York – Perspective, September 2016
ISBN:  978-3-95861-598-4

The author Ken Conca argues that the UN’s current approach to protect the environment has run up against the structural limitations of an increasingly globalized economy. Yet successful implementation of the Paris Climate Accord and the Sustainable Development Goals will require making human rights visible again and recognizing people as rights holders, not just stakeholders. Conca recommends that policy initiatives take into account extra-territorial impacts on local communities in other countries, especially those who are most vulnerable. Moreover, the UN’s rights machinery should be deployed to protect the rights and safety of environmental defenders who challenge governments and transnational economic agents.

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Past Event: FES Study on Global Protests featured in Academic Discussion at The New School: “Global Inequality – Drivers, Consequences and Response”

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

The New School, 66 West 12th St, room 407

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© Justin Wedes; From left to right: Sara Burke (FES New York), Sakiko Fukuda-Parr (The New School for Public Engagement), Branko Milanovic (CUNY Graduate Center)

Growing inequality is increasingly understood as a political issue, not just an economic trend. Two leading experts, Branko Milanovic (CUNY Graduate Center) and Sara Burke (FES New York), spoke about their recent research on the dynamics that drive the rise and fall of inequality, and the protest movements that have emerged across the world.

 

 

 

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Past Event: “Overcoming Barriers: Civil Society Perspectives on Implementing RtoP”

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Thursday, September 8, 2016
The Church Center for the United Nations

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From left to right: Bridget Moix (US Senior Representative, Peace Direct), Evan Cinq-Mars (United Nations Advocate and Policy Adviser for the Center for Civilians in Conflict)

Following up on the UN General Assembly’s informal, interactive dialogue on the Responsibility to Protect (RtoP), FES New York, the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect (ICRtoP), and the Stanley Foundation held an event entitled “Overcoming Barriers: Civil Society Perspectives on Implementing RtoP”.

The event included prominent panelists such as Gus Miclat, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Initiatives for International Dialogue and founding Steering Committee member of the ICRtoP; Dismas Nkunda, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Atrocities Watch – Africa; and Evan Cinq-Mars, the UN Advocate and Policy Advisor for the Center for Civilians in Conflict. Esteemed peacebuilding activist, Bridget Moix, US Senior Representative for Peace Direct, moderated the event. The panelists focused on how the implementation of RtoP is translated into action at the grassroots level and on exhibiting the vital ways in which local communities and civil society members work together to protect populations from atrocities.

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SG Report: “Mobilizing collective action: the next decade of the responsibility to protect”

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Past Event: “Climate Action & Sustainable Development: Implementing SDG 13 on the National and Local Level”

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Thursday, July 21, 2016
Cornell University, ILR School Conference Center

Richard Kauffman, Chairman of Energy and Finance for New York Michael Shank, Head of Communications for the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter, Parliamentary State Secretary in the German Federal Ministry for the Environment

Richard Kauffman, Chairman of Energy and Finance for New York
Michael Shank, Head of Communications for the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)
Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter, Parliamentary State Secretary in the German Federal Ministry for the Environment

One of the most pressing universal challenges we face in the newly adopted Sustainable Development Agenda is climate change. As highlighted by SDG 13, the task at hand includes, among other things, strengthening resilience and adaptive capacity, building strong, accountable institutions, mobilizing resources, and raising awareness to effectively manage, mitigate, and combat climate change and its impacts.

Against this backdrop, FES New York welcomed, as our Guest of Honor, Ms. Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter, Member of the German Parliament and Parliamentary State Secretary in the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, to a lunchtime discussion on the topic of “Climate Action & Sustainable Development: Implementing SDG 13 on the National and Local Level”. The discussion convened about 20 expert participants, including representatives from the New York City government, leading academics, activists, and UN experts. The central objective of this luncheon was to exchange innovative ideas, strategies, and best practices for sustainable climate action on the national and local level.

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Publication: “How to Achieve Sustainable Peace: The Radical Potential of Implementing UN Sustainable Development Goal 16″

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Sarah Hearn
FES Perspective, June 2016
ISBN 978-3-95861-505-2

The UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16 promotes peaceful and inclusive societies and endorses accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels. This Perspective offers ideas on a roadmap for implementing SDG 16 that will be relevant for this year’s UN’s High-Level Political Forum. In line with the topic for the upcoming UN discussions to leave no one behind, the author suggests focusing on the poorest and most conflict-affected countries, such as the g7+ and other least developed countries. The UN, according to the author, can support government-to-government and society-to-society collaboration, convene global partnerships and identify norm and implementation entrepreneurs.

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Past Event: “Experts Dialogue on Coping with Violent Conflict & State Fragility”

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June 16, 2016, 9:00am – 1:00pm
Conference Room E, UNHQ

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Left to right: Luise Rürup (Executive Director, FES New York), H.E. Mahmoud Saikal (Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to the UN), Volker Lehmann (Senior Policy Analyst, FES New York)

The seventieth anniversary of the United Nations made 2015 a watershed year for international efforts to renew and strengthen how the international community copes with violent conflict and state fragility. In addition to various UN initiatives, such as the High-level Independent Panel on Peace Operations, the Commission on Global Security, Justice & Governance released a comprehensive set of recommendations on how the UN, the African Union, and other partners can better contribute to conflict prevention, management, resolution, and the promotion of “just security”.

Reflecting on these and other recent developments, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) New York Office co-hosted an “Experts Dialogue on Coping with Violent Conflict & State Fragility” at the United Nations. The event brought together member states, UN officials, and civil society actors to assess the progress achieved by recent initiatives, identify gaps in the existing reform agendas, and discuss ways to enhance existing global networks and coalitions – or create new ones – to better address key aspects of violent conflict and state fragility.

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Synthesis Report

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Past Event: Lunch Seminar/Conference: UNSC 2020 & 2050

intern1 : June 16, 2016 11:11 am : Events 2016, Global Security Governance, Highlights from New York, Reforming the United Nations, Uncategorized

June 15, 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Church Center of the United Nations, New York

UNSC 2020 2050

William R. Pace, Executive Director WFM-IPG and Nicole Fritz, Institute for Security Studies (ISS) South Africa

While efforts to reform the UN Security Council are as old as the UN itself, today’s political challenges seem particularly insurmountable to change this most powerful UN body to be prepared for future tasks. On June 15, FES New York co-hosted a conference with UN diplomats and international experts to discuss the options and obstacles for reform within different time frames. The first segment discussed the possibilities of reforming the working methods of the Security Council by 2020. The second segment was dedicated to different long-term visions for an extended, restructured Security Council in 2050.

 

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Summary of UNSC reform proposals

Timeline of Review Processes and Outcomes

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Past Event: “From Extractivism to Sustainable Development in Latin America – How to Make Best Use of the UN”

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June 13-14, 2016, 9:30am – 4:45pm
Hotel Roger Smith, New York

DSC_0605As the UN and Member States prepare for the first High-Level Political Forum and strategies for the implementation of the Agenda 2030, a responsible extraction of natural resources remains a key challenge for sustainable development in many Latin American countries. Against this backdrop, this conference is a timely opportunity for different communities of expertise and practice – inside and outside the UN – to discuss UN instruments and processes suitable for governing resource extraction.  FES New York invited a group of senior experts coming from Latin America to engage in a lively and frank discussion under Chatham House Rule with representatives from UN Missions, the UN Secretariat, civil society and academia.

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Two background papers on the ECOSOC Dialogue on the longer-term positioning of the UN Development System

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“UNDS Reform: Is the Glass Half Full or Half Empty?
The glass is too big”
Sara Burke
FES New York – Meeting Report, June 2016

This report reflects upon an informal round table discussion held 19 May 2016, to which all UN Member States were invited, on “Governance and Partnerships in the Longer-term Positioning of the UN Development System”, organized by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung New York, hosted by the Mission of Indonesia to the UN and co-sponsored by the Mission of El Salvador to the UN. Virtually all UN Member States agree the UNDS has become fragmented and incoherent, leaving only three options: abandon the system, reform it, or go along with business as usual. The discussion focused primarily on key governance issues raised by both donor and recipient countries in the context of UNDS reform debates, and how to avoid business as usual. Recommendations: 1) A frank and open discussion of who wins and loses in proposed reforms is urgently needed ; 2) a pilot single board over UNDS, extending the model currently in place for UNDP, UNFPA and UNOPS can be created without adding new or additional mechanisms; 3) UN Member States need to engage the upcoming Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review (QCPR) negotiations at the highest level of representation in order to lay the groundwork for a concise and strategic QCPR in the fall of 2016.

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“Partnerships and the 2030 Agenda: Time to reconsider their role in implementation”
Barbara Adams and Jens Martens of Global Policy Forum
FES New York – Background Note, May 2016

Adams and Martens argue that “Partnership” is a misleading term to cover every type of engagement between UN entities and non-State actors, in part because it promotes a false sense of equality. Lumping CSOs and corporate actors together according to their non-State status ignores the profound differences in their orientation, interests and accountability. Before considering ways to enhance the effectiveness of partnerships between UN entities and non-State actors and establishing a system-wide delivery support, more fundamental questions should be addressed. This paper poses necessary questions and offers perspectives both from the work of Global Policy Forum as well as from previous proposals on partnerships offered by some Member States.

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Past Event: “How Global Financial Institutions Impact Inequality: A Workshop to Strengthen Understanding, Assessment & Reporting”

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June 3-4, 2016
Cornell University, ILR School Conference Center

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From left to right: Jo Marie Griesgraber (Executive Director, New Rules for Global Finance) and Luise Rürup (Executive Director, FES New York Office)

On June 3 and 4, 2016 the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung New York Office and New Rules for Global Finance co-organized a workshop in New York City  to strengthen understanding, assessment and reporting on what impact the global financial rules – and rule makers – can have on economic inequalities and the social and political inequalities that are linked to them. An academic- and policy-experts’ Reflection Group on Inequality considered best ways to measure inequality, problems with available data, and the overarching question, “Why do we care about inequality?” This was followed by presentations from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), United Nations (UN), G20 German Presidency, and the Financial Stability Board (FSB), on their current approaches to the issue. In all, the workshop brought together leading academics, economic and financial policy experts, and representatives from global financial institutions to debate how best to construct a methodological framework to understand and assess how global financial institutions impact inequality.

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Past Event: “Intensifying and Expanding International Tax Cooperation to Achieve Sustainable Development”

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April 21 2016, 3:00pm – 6:00pm
New York, UNHQ, Conference Room F

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from left: Luise Rürup (Executive Director, FES New York Office), Manuel F. Montes (Senior Advisor on Finance and Development, South Centre)

On April 21, 2016, the President of the General Assembly (PGA) was convening a High-Level Thematic Debate (HLTD) on “Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.” As the event aimed to contribute towards establishing much-needed coherence between the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, the Agenda 2030, and the Paris Climate Change Agreement, domestic resource mobilization and taxation, among others, have emerged as vital policy areas that, if sustainable development is to be achieved, require a high-degree of and commitment to international cooperation.

In this context, and in support of the HLTD, the South Centre, UNCTAD, and FES New York were convening a two-part Dialogue Room entitled “Intensifying and Expanding International Tax Cooperation to Achieve Sustainable Development.” Part I, featuring initial presentations by international tax experts, was followed by a moderated roundtable for invited discussants. There was also some open seats for those with UN passes to participate in the roundtable.

The intended outcome of the event is a wider and better informed constituency among delegations in New York, especially those from the developing countries, and civil society support for new institutional arrangements to promote the higher level of international tax cooperation needed for countries to undertake Agenda 2030 and their commitments under the Paris Agreement.

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Concept Note

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Past Event: “Systemic issues and debt in trying times: How can the FFD process help?”

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April 19,2016, 1:15 pm-2:30 pm
New York, UNHQ, Conference Room 12

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from left: José Antonio Ocampo, Stephan Ohme

Financing conditions for most developing countries were favorable for several years due to high export earnings and easy access to credit. This has changed rapidly in the past year, as commodity prices have collapsed and capital flows have dried up. Recessionary or subdued growth expectations are taking hold everywhere, not just in developing countries, reflecting deep uncertainties. The debt sustainability indicators of many countries have deteriorated fast, and outlooks are for further deterioration. The Addis Ababa Action Agenda has recommitted that the international community ensure sustainable development financing to build better institutions to prevent and manage debt crises and to improve the international financial and monetary system as a whole. Against a challenging outlook for the global economy, the pursuit of a comprehensive reform agenda in this area is becoming increasingly urgent. The UN’s Financing for Development follow up process holds promise as a venue to build consensus and advance policy proposals to address these challenges. This side-event aims to reengage the wider development community in discussion of systemic issues, including debt, which are key aspects of the holistic financing for development agenda that are particularly urgent to address in these trying times.

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Publication: FES Perspective – “The Contribution of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda to Agenda 2030: Toward a new era of international cooperation” by Jose Antonio Ocampo

intern1 : April 19, 2016 12:50 pm : Highlights from New York, Publications on Global Economic Governance

The 2016 Financing for Development Forum faces a huge challenge to forge coherence among three flagship development agreements from 2015: the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, Agenda 2030 and the Paris Climate Change Agreement. To move these interdependent processes forward, international cooperation is needed in 1) tax evasion and avoidance, 2) countercyclical financing for the system of development banks, 3) more fair and democratic bilateral and mega-regional trade and investment agreements, and 4) systemic issues and debt. In this new publication, noted Columbia University economist José Antonio Ocampo argues that only a new era of international cooperation can adequately address these challenges.

 

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Publication: CCSI/FES multi-language web platform for WMD non-proliferation regimes

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Compliance and Capacity Skills International (CCSI) and FES New York have completed a multi-language web platform. It offers pragmatic information and guidelines in all six official UN languages for the implementation of non-proliferation regimes against Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) currently applied by the United Nations to North Korea (DPRK) and Iran. Special consideration is given to the information requirements of those with responsibilities to implement sanctions for governments, international organizations and corporations, particularly in connection with the additional challenges posed by the incremental unwinding of the Iran sanctions.

For more info, please visit: http://www.wmd-sanctions.info

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Past Event: “The UN Secretary-General We Deserve – Towards an Open and Transparent Selection”

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March 30, 2016
United Nations Conference Building, New York

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As a new UN Secretary-General has to be selected this year, for the first time in history, the General Assembly (GA) will hold hearings with candidates. To discuss these and other changes in the appointment process, FES New York co-organized a debate with UN Member States and experts from academia and civil society. Among the panelists was the President of the GA Morgens Lykketoft (picture on the right).

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Past Event: UNCTAD G77 Lecture Series on Development Issues: “Preparing for the Financing for Development Forum”

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March 8, 2016
ECOSOC Chamber, United Nations HQ, New York

The New York Office of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung is pleased to team up with UNCTAD to organize a series of workshops on development issues geared to the interests of G77 Member States. The Lecture Series will allow UNCTAD experts to brief Member States on complex development issues relating to financing for development, trade, sovereign debt, systemic issues and other related topics. This first event featured a discussion with Richard Kozul-Wright, Director of the Division on Globalization and Development Strategies, and Steve MacFeely, Head of the Development Statistics and Information Branch, for UNCTAD.

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Past event: “Monopoly on the Use of Force 2.0? Implications for the International Order”

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March 10, 2016
The Church Center for the United Nations, New York

In December 2014, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung launched a Global Reflection Group on “A monopoly for the use of force 2.0? Is there a need for new peace and security rules in the 21st century?” Before drafting its final report, the Global Reflection Group shared its preliminary findings during two sessions with UN diplomats and Secretariat officials, as well as experts from Think Tanks, Academia, and NGOs.

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Global Reflection Group

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Past Event: Civil Society Forum

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February 1-2, 2016
United Nations Headquarters, New York

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Fishbowl-style panel: (from left) LaNeice Collins, Daniela Bas, Maryann Braxton, Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, Jasmin Burgermeister, Michael Cichon and Beulah Walker.

On the occasion of the 54th session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD), FES New York co-organized a two-day forum for civil society representatives that aimed to prepare civil society participants to meaningfully engage with the Commission through a better understanding of its work regarding the 2030 Agenda. The Civil Society Forum’s topic this year centered on inequalities and the 2030 Agenda and contributed to the main theme of the CSocD54: “Rethinking and strengthening social development in the contemporary world”.

The Civil Society Forum brought together a diverse group of activists from around the world, as well as experts from academia and the United Nations System for a dynamic conversation about experiences, and a fruitful exchange of advice on ways forward. Among many others, speakers included Michael Cichon, Professor of Social Protection at the United Nations University (UNU MERIT); Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, Professor at the New School; Maryann Broxton, Activist with International Movement ATD Fourth World, and Beulah Walker, Activist with the Detroit Water Brigade.

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Past Event: “Can Elected Members Make a Difference in the UN Security Council? Australia’s Experience in 2013-2014”

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January 22, 2016
Permanent Mission of Australia to the United Nations

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John Langmore, Professor of Politics at the University of Melbourne

The power balance between permanent and elected members of the UN Security Council continues to be a divisive issue. To bring various viewpoints together, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung office in New York, in cooperation with the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS), and the One Earth Future Foundation organized a debate on the possibilities for non-permanent members of the Security Council to influence the Council’s policies.  The event, hosted by the Permanent Mission of Australia to the UN, kicked off with a presentation by John Langmore on Australia’s experience as an elected member to the Security Council in 2013-2014. In the following, representatives from member states, civil society, and academia exchanged their ideas on the topic.

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Past Event: “From Goals to Implementation: Growth, Inclusiveness, and Trajectories”

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December 1, 2015
United Nations Headquarters, New York

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From left: Thomas Mättig, Luise Rürup, A. Michael Spence, Amb. Oh Joon, Mahmoud Mohieldin

Hosted by the World Bank Group and the New York Office of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, this event featured an address by Nobel Laureate Professor A. Michael Spence, and World Bank Group Corporate Secretary and President’s Special Envoy Mahmoud Mohieldin.

The event consisted of two related presentations. The first presentation discussed the need to invest in inclusiveness, sustainability, and growth as a prerequisite for attaining the SDGs. The second presentation was the launch of a country development diagnostic framework, which assesses implementation challenges, potential policies, and sources of fiscal space for countries to achieve the 2030 Agenda.

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Past Event: “Utilizing the United Nations Guiding Principles (UNGPs) in the context of extractive industries – Benefits and challenges”

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November 18, 2015
Palais des Nations, Room XXIV, Geneva

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From left: Anuarite Ketu Chikwanine, Raoul Kitungano and Darlington Muyambwa.

The FES offices of Geneva and New York, together with the Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association (ZELA), co-hosted a Side Event on the occasion of the Fourth Forum of Business and Human Rights. In line with the focus of the Forum, this session aimed to contribute to multi-stakeholder dialogue and engagement while exploring the benefits and challenges related to the implementation of the United Nations Guiding Principles (UNGPs) in the context of extractive industries.

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Report: Human Rights, Peacebuilding and Extractive Industries at a Crossroads

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Past Event: “Mining Communities in post-conflict settings: New Challenges and Opportunities for Peacebuilding”

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November 17, 2015
Palais des Nations, UN Library, Geneva

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From left: Sandra Krähenmann, Robert Glasser, Volker Lehmann, Raoul Kitungano and Anuarite Ketu Chikwanine

In a number of conflict regions, sanctions and due diligence regimes remain unable to prevent natural resources from fueling armed conflict. In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and elsewhere, criminal networks and elites extort an ever-growing share of mining profits at the expense of local communities. Against this backdrop, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Geneva and New York, in cooperation with the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP), co-hosted a panel discussion on new developments, challenges and opportunities for peacebuilding in affected mining communities.

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Report: Human Rights, Peacebuilding and Extractive Industries at a Crossroads

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Past Event: “ATT Ratification, Accession and Implementation in Africa: Challenges and Opportunities”

intern1 : October 21, 2015 11:23 am : Events, Events 2015, Global Security Governance, Highlights from New York, Uncategorized

October 29, 2015
United Nations Headquarters, CB CR-9

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From left: Nounou Booto Meeti, Ambassador Paul Beijer and Ambassador Emmanuel Imohe

FES New York, together with a group of partner organizations, co-sponsored  a side event during this year’s UN’s First Committee Session. Invited diplomats and arms control experts  discussed how states, international and regional organizations, and NGOs can work together towards increasing the number of Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) states parties in Africa. The debate also explored already existing tools for ATT-implementation, and related cooperation and assistance activities.

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Past Event: “Confronting the Crisis of Global Governance”

intern1 : September 25, 2015 10:46 am : Events 2015, Global Economic Governance, Global Security Governance, Highlights from New York, Reforming the United Nations

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From left: John Coatsworth, Madeleine K. Albright, Ibrahim A. Gambari, José Antonio Ocampo, Michael Doyle, Matthes Buhbe

September 28, 2015
Columbia University

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, New York Office was a co-sponsor of this high-level conference. The conference coincided with the first day of the UN General Assembly’s General Discussion and dealt with a specific package of reforms to overcome the crisis of global governance. The package is based on the Report of the Commission on Global Security, Justice and Governance, Confronting the Crisis of Global Governance, published in June 2015.

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Past Event: “Development Cooperation and Partnerships for Delivering Decent Work”

intern1 : September 25, 2015 10:26 am : Events 2015, Global Economic Governance, Highlights from New York

September 25, 2015
Delegates’ Dining Room, United Nations Headquarters, New York

The Group of Friends of Decent Work was established by UN Member States in September 2014 to serve as an intergovernmental platform to promote decent work issues in the Post 2015 Development Agenda. Over the last year the Group has held briefings, informal consultations and exchanges and worked in various international fora to advance decent work in the international agenda.

On 25 September 2015, the first day of the UN Sustainable Development Summit 2015, a high-level interactive dialogue was held by the Group along with the ILO. The executive director of the New York office of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung was invited to be part of the dialogue on goal 8 of the envisaged 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Goal 8 calls for the international community to “promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth and full and productive employment and decent work for all”. The new agenda challenges the Member States, the UN System and other stakeholders to address the global jobs challenge of creating decent work, boosting economic growth while tackling poverty and inequality and encouraging the transition to a more sustainable economy by 2030.

 

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Past Event: “International Conference: Global Platform on Participation and Protest”

intern1 : September 17, 2015 10:30 am : Events, Events 2015, Global Economic Governance, Highlights from New York, Publications on Global Economic Governance, Uncategorized

September 22, 2015
Open Society Foundations, New York

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Curators, Advisors and Developers of the Global Platform

In recent years the world’s people have turned to protest in increasing numbers, highlighting a failure of political representation in virtually every kind of political system. This September, as the United Nations celebrates its 70th Anniversary and activists look back on the fourth Anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, the trajectory of protests and government response remains a zero-sum game, with protesters growing more alienated from those who are supposed to represent their interests, and many governments rushing to suppress protest movements as threats to peace and security rather than pursuing a middle path toward real dialogue. Is the United Nations’ Post-2015 Development Paradigm—our once-in-a-generation commitment to development—really capable of addressing the grievances driving world protests?

In this context, FES, Occupy the Media and Open Society Foundations organized this international conference to launch a Global Platform on Participation and Protest. The Global Platform hosts the interactive World Protests Tool, which builds on research behind World Protests 2006-2013—subsequently expanded and refined in 2014—and brings it online for public use and engagement so that demands for meaningful political participation, economic justice, human rights, and the rights of groups, minorities and the environment can be documented, analyzed by journalists, scholars, and people in movements with online data-visualization tools and space for user-generated content and forum discussion.

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From left: akshay khanna, Nermeen Shaikh, Amy Goodman, Sara Burke, Matthes Buhbe

The conference keynote address was delivered by Amy Goodman, Host and Executive Producer for national, daily, independent, and award-winning news program, Democracy Now!.

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Download working paper “World Protests 2006-2013“: Executive Summaries available in English, Spanish, French, German and Russian

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Past Event: “The Responsibility to Protect at Ten: Perspectives and Opportunities”

VolkerL : September 9, 2015 12:15 pm : Events 2015, Global Security Governance, Highlights from New York

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Dr. Jennifer Welsh, Special Adviser to the Secretary General on the Responsibility to Protect

 

September 9, 2015
United Nations, Delegates Dining Room 1-3

Ten years have passed since UN Member States committed themselves to the responsibility to protect (RtoP) populations from genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and ethnic cleansing. To discuss the normative and conceptual advancement of RtoP, FES New York in cooperation with the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect (ICRtoP) and the Stanley Foundation, hosted a luncheon on September 9, 2015. Introductory remarks were delivered by Dr. Jennifer Welsh, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on the Responsibility to Protect. Erin Mooney, Senior Protection Adviser, United Nations, Protection Capacity (ProCap), spoke on the various protection challenges that arise from displacement due to the risk or commission of atrocities. Alexandra Hiniker, Representative to the United Nations; PAX, addressed the relationship between arms control and atrocities prevention. Dr. Alex Bellamy, Director of the Asia-Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, shared his recommendations on the rise of violent extremism and the challenges it poses to more traditional, state-centered interpretations of the RtoP norm.

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Publication: “Conceptualizing Protest and Conflict”

intern1 : July 29, 2015 11:21 am : Global Economic Governance, Global Security Governance, Highlights from New York, Publications on Global Economic Governance, Uncategorized

Sara Burke (Ed.)
FES New York  – Study, July 2015
ISBN 9778-3-95861-181-8

In recent years, the world has been shaken by protests demanding real democracy and justice for socioeconomic grievances. This interdisciplinary report explores how governments and institutions of global governance can better respond to contentious politics and protests. Are they expressions of aspirations, grievances and demands? Or are they conflicts to be managed and subdued? From the point of view of government and governance, protests disrupt smooth governance, requiring management by experts in conflict resolution. From the point of view of protest movements and social justice campaigns, the performance of contentious acts must be carried out by people themselves – non-experts – acting directly on their own behalf and for the transformation of their economies and societies. This state of play is a zero sum game. To go beyond it, governments need to listen to protests. Even riots should be seen first as expressions of injustice and demands for its reversal rather than as conflicts to be put down.

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Past Event: “Inclusive sustainable growth: The transformative approach of the post-2015 agenda for sustainable development”

intern1 : June 24, 2015 5:09 pm : Events, Events 2015, Global Economic Governance, Highlights from New York

July 6
Delegates Dining Room 1-3, United Nations Headquarters, New York

Left to right: Sara Burke (FES), Michael Shank (Climate Nexus), H.E. Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter (German Environment Ministry), and Stephen Contius (German Environment Ministry)

Left to right: Sara Burke (FES), Michael Shank (Climate Nexus), H.E. Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter and Stephan Contius (German Environment Ministry)

FES and guests with Members of NYC Mayor's Sustainability and Resiliency Team and NYC Councilman Donovan Richards and team.

FES and guests with Members of NYC Mayor’s Sustainability and Resiliency Team and NYC Councilman Donovan Richards and team.

The New York Office of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) hosted a luncheon on the occasion of the visit of Ms. Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter, Parliamentary State Secretary in the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety to New York. Ms. Schwarzelühr-Sutter has come to New York to participate in the Ministerial Segment of the UN High-Level Political Forum (HLPF), the body with ultimate responsibility for coordinating a plan of action for sustainable development. With participants from the global, national and city-levels, the conversation was able to address rising concerns across the world that economic inequality and environmental degredation are mutually reinforcing and must be tacked together if we are to achieve sustainability.
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Publication: “Ban Ki-Moon Successor – A Democratic UN Starts With a Democratic Election of its Leader”

intern1 : June 24, 2015 4:36 pm : Highlights from New York, Publications on Reforming the United Nations, Reforming the United Nations

Volker Lehmann
FES Perspective, June 2015
ISBN 978-3-95861-180-1

Historically, the selection of the UN Secretary-General (SG) has been dominated by the Permanent Five Members of the Security Council using their veto power to determine a lowest common denominator compromise candidate. This publication explains how the search for Ban Ki-moon’s successor has become a global call for a substantial overhaul of this outdated and undemocratic process. The author discusses reform propositions and explains why UN Member States should throw their weight behind this movement for democratizing the UN: First, a successful overhaul of the SG selection process would benefit their reputation as constructive UN actors. And second, it would increase credibility and effectiveness of the global organization.

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Past Event: “What do Malians Think of the Prospects for Peace? Findings from the Mali-Mètre Opinion Poll”

intern1 : June 19, 2015 3:18 pm : Events 2015, Global Security Governance, Highlights from New York

June 18, 2015
Delegates Dining Room 6, United Nations Headquarters, New York

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Renata Dwan (left), Abdourhamane Arouani Dicko (center), Jan Fahlbusch (right).

After the outbreak of an armed conflict in the north of Mali in January 2012, the Mali office of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) has been conducting the nationwide opinion survey Mali Mètre. For the sixth issue of Mali Mètre, surveying began immediately after the signature of the peace agreement between the Malian government and some armed groups on May 15, 2015; it therefore focuses on the perception of this treaty and the proposed institutional reforms, as well as the challenges for the international community to support the peace process.

In the context of the upcoming revision of the mandate of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) by the Security Council, the New York Office of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung held a luncheon in order to present and discuss the findings of Mali Mètre with members of the Security Council and MINUSMA troop contributing countries, as well as experts from the Civil Society.

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Past Event: “The Notion of Progress in the Diversity of World Cultures”

intern1 : May 22, 2015 10:13 am : Events, Events 2015, Global Economic Governance, Highlights from New York, Reforming the United Nations

UN Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson opens conference

UN Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson opens conference

New York City
May 31 – June 2, 2015

In September 2015 world leaders gather at UN Headquarters in New York to celebrate the institution’s 70th Anniversary, marking the expiration of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and inaugurating a new standard in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The politics of development have never been immune from accusations of imperialism. Organizations like the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the United Nations are all Western creations that strive to standardize world politics and markets by helping countries conform to international standards. However, the policies and programs of these international institutions often fail due to insufficient understanding of the cultures of the peoples they claim to serve. Conflicts which are presented as political or economic are often manifestations of deeply embedded cultural and religious factors.

 

Day 1 featured:
Jan Eliasson UN Deputy Secretary General gives the opening address; Yves Coppens (“Progress in 3 Million Years of Human History”) Agnes Heller (“Progress and Human Rights”), Marc Augé (“The Ambivalence of Progress”), Klaus Töpfer (“The Ambivalence of Progress”), Avital Ronell (“The Notion of Progress and Women”), Ervin László (“A Science-based Notion”), Michael Sandel (“The Limits of Homo Oeconomicus”).

Day 2 featured:
Wole Soyinka (“Development and Progress as a Political Reality in Africa”), John Mbiti (“Progress in the Cosmological and Religious Traditions of Africa”), Vladimir Kantor (“The History of Ideas: A Russian Perspective”), Karan Singh (“Progress and Development in India”), Ashis Nandy (“Two Hundred Years of Silence”), Tu Weiming (“Progress in Chinese Civilization”), Urs Schoettli (“Japan, China and India in Cross-Cultural Perspective with Western Traditions”).

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#post2015
#devagenda

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Past Event: “Towards a Nuclear-Weapon-Free World”

intern1 : May 11, 2015 12:21 pm : Events 2015, Global Security Governance, Highlights from New York

May 12

On occasion of the 2015 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation on Nuclear Weapons (Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty – NPT), the Permanent Mission of the Federal Republic of Germany to the United Nations and FES New York hosted a delegation of German parliamentarians.

This informal discussion event aimed at providing an opportunity for a frank exchange between the Bundestag’s leading parliamentarians on nuclear disarmament -representatives of government as well as opposition parliamentary groups- and disarmament experts from international civil society organizations.

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Past Event – Trade Union Development Cooperation Network TUDCN FFD and Post-2015 Advocacy

SaraB : May 11, 2015 11:27 am : Events 2015, Global Economic Governance, Highlights from New York

May 11-13, 2015
Cornell Worker Institute, New York

Top left: Sergio Rodrigues Top right: Americo Beviglia Zampetti and Richard Darko Amparbeng Bottom left: Kouglo Lawson-Body, Rekson Silaban, Faye Lyle, and Sergio Rodrigues Bottom right: H.E Ms. Bénédicte Frankinet

Top left: Sergio Rodrigues
Top right: Americo Beviglia Zampetti and Richard Darko Amparbeng
Bottom left: Kouglo Lawson-Body, Rekson Silaban, Faye Lyle, and Sergio Rodrigues
Bottom right: H.E Ms. Bénédicte Frankinet

There will be major agreements taken at the United Nations in the summer of 2015 in the Post-2015 and Financing for Development Processes to set priorities of the international development policy community for years to come. In order to ensure that these agreements take into account trade union priorities on decent work, social protection, global governance, and other elements on sustainable social, economic and environmental development, the Trade Union Development Cooperation Network and FES New York are now in the midst of a 3-day set of advocacy events facilitating discussion between trade union activists from around the world and governments negotiating the SDG and FfD outcomes on the means of implementation, monitoring and review and global governance and accountability.

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Key messages from the discussions

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Past Event: “The UN at 70: Security Council Reform and the Wider UN Reform Agenda”

intern1 : May 6, 2015 10:51 am : Events 2015, Highlights from New York, Reforming the United Nations

Wednesday, 29 April 2015
United Nations Headquarters, Delegates Dining Room 5

Security Council Reform Luncheon

Ian Martin, Executive Director, Security Council Report

 

Whereas the 70th anniversary year of the United Nations provides an opportunity to take stock of the functioning of the various UN bodies, the negotiations on Security Council reforms remain mostly stagnant. Against this backdrop, on April 29, FES New York hosted a discussion on different initiatives aiming to introduce changes to the working methods of the Council with the objective of contributing to the renewed momentum of the intergovernmental negotiations process on Security Council reform. Representatives from Permanent Missions to the United Nations and experts from civil society exchanged views on the Council’s extension, but also on procedural reforms, such as the propositions to voluntary curb the Permanent Members’ (P5) veto power in cases of mass atrocities. Ample room was also given to the role of the P5 in the selection of the next UN Secretary-General and to the 1for7billion campaign, and other initiatives that promote a transparent and democratic selection process.

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1for7billion campaign

 

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Past Event: “Mining Communities in the DRC: New Challenges and Opportunities for Sanctions”

intern1 : March 30, 2015 11:27 am : Events, Events 2015, Global Security Governance, Highlights from New York

Minig Communities in the DRC

Hortence Migabo, Dynamique Femme et Mines Bukavu (left) and Casper Sonesson, UNDP

March 31 – April 1, 2015
Hotel Roger Smith, Startlight Room, 2nd Floor
501 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10017

This international conference was intended to build bridges between local specialists in natural resource and community issues from the Eastern DRC and those who need to respond with policies, donor programs, corporate community engagement and institutional investors. Such discussions are especially timely because, particularly in Africa, the current concepts designed to prevent or halt natural resource exploitation as funding sources for war and insurgencies must be updated. A recently concluded multi-year study on the exploitation and trade of Congolese gold (SARWatch) demonstrates that regardless how far behind a region has left the conflict stage, local communities barely benefit from any peace dividends. At the conference, NGO representatives from the Eastern DRC discussed with UN diplomats, secretariat officials and other experts some practical proposal for overcoming these challenges.

Program and links to individual presentations

SARWatch Report

Keynote by H.E. Ambassador Gata Mavita wa Lufuta of the Permanent Mission of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the United Nations

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Past Event: “Power of Protest: Linking politics and protest from the local to the global”

SaraB : March 17, 2015 10:09 pm : Events, Global Economic Governance, Global Security Governance, Highlights from New York, Uncategorized

2015/03/26_Power of Protest_Picture_Shaikh AbouHussein at WSFWorld Social Forum, Tunisia
Faculté de droits
salle de lecture Nº 1
11:30 – 14:00 March 26, 2015

Calls for real democracy are the greatest singular demand of protests around the world. Calls for economic justice—like good jobs, better labor conditions, progressive taxing and spending on social services, tackling inequality, and affordable food, water, housing, healthcare and education—represent a cluster of the most widely held grievances worldwide. As more people around the world express their grievances and aspirations in the streets, activists motivated by local struggles are scaling up local issues for global debates. This “fishbowl” dialog facilitated by Nermeen Shaikh, Producer and Weekly Co-Host of Democracy Now!, brought together activists from around the world to talk about how to better link struggles for social justice and what role the media can play.

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Full World Social Forum Program

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Past Event: Panel Discussion “The Future Peace Operations Landscape: Voices from Stakeholders around the Globe”

VolkerL : February 11, 2015 4:19 pm : Events, Events 2015, Global Security Governance, Highlights from New York

Wednesday, 18 February 2015, 1:15–2:45 p.m.
Delegates Dining Room 6-8, UN Headquarters, New York

FES New York together with the Permanent Mission of Finland to the UN and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) hosted a panel discussion to launch the final report of the initiative “The New Geopolitics of Peace Operations”. This project was initiated to shed light on the future of peace operations as seen by major personnel and financial contributors and emerging powers. Based on regional dialogues and interviews with various stakeholders, the final report, its findings and policy recommendations were discussed with the New York peace operations expert community. It also contributed to the peacekeeping review process of the High-Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations.

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Final Report “The Future Peace Operations Landscape”
Background Information on “The New Geopolitics of Peace Operations”

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Past Event: Committee for Social Development Forum

SaraB : February 10, 2015 1:47 pm : Events, Events 2015, Global Economic Governance, Highlights from New York

February 3, 2015
8:30am-3:00pm
UNHQ – New York

2015/02/03_Committee for Social Development Forum_Picture_MAugaRoundtableThe importance of addressing social development alongside economic and environmental issues has been emphasized in international fora, summits and panels. Along these lines, the report of the 52nd session of the Commission on Social Development delineated the critical importance of empowerment in accelerating the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals and ensuring that the post-2015 development agenda will be people-centered.

In this context, and as part of a larger collaborative and participatory approach to stakeholder engagement and policy development, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung co-organized the 53rd session of the Commission on Social Development, with the theme of “Rethinking social development in the contemporary world”. The Forum provided an opportunity for civil society to focus on strategies that can enable effective participation of all members of society in decision-making processes that affect their lives, as well as providing a space to discuss and shape a comprehensive set of priorities for energizing the social development process.

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Past Event: Regions Refocus 2015 Report Launch

SaraB : January 23, 2015 2:44 pm : Events, Events 2015, Global Economic Governance, Highlights from New York

January 26 2015
8:30am-4:00pm
Ford Foundation
320 East 43rd Street, New York, NY 10017

In 2015 the world’s governments will define a global agenda for sustainable development, amidst global trends of rising inequality, declining economic growth rates, and mega public-private partnerships that accelerate the scramble for resources, assets, and markets.

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, New York Office is pleased to announce the launch of Regions Refocus 2015, a report based on nine regional workshops between policymakers and civil society held from June 2014 through January 2015. The report identifies and advances progressive policies, rooted in regional perspectives, to restructure economic, ecological and social relations towards justice.

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Past Event: “Parliamentarians’ Dialogue on Pillar II of the Responsibility to Protect”

intern1 : December 18, 2014 2:12 pm : Events, Events 2014, Global Security Governance, Highlights from New York, Uncategorized

New York, December 11, 2014

Hon. Angellah Jasmine Kairuki – Deputy Minister and Member of Parliament, Tanzania

Hon. Angellah Jasmine Kairuki – Deputy Minister and Member of Parliament, Tanzania

On December 11, FES New York co-hosted a discussion with international parliamentarians on the Responsibility to Protect (RtoP). Following up on this year’s report of the UN Secretary-General on RtoP, this workshop focused on the how the international community can support states in their 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: “Natural Resource Governance in Africa – Context and Call for Action”

intern1 : November 26, 2014 10:58 am : Events, Events 2014, Global Economic Governance, Global Security Governance, Highlights from New York

Tuesday – Wednesday, November 18-19 | 11am – 4pm
Church Center for the UN, New York

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The Ambassador of Benin, H.E. Jean-Francis Zinsou (right) delivering the Keynote Address

On November 18 and 19 the FES Office New York hosted a two-day conference to address how Africa’s wealth of natural resources can be used for the continent’s sustainable development. Participants from African NGO’s, intergovernmental organizations, academics and UN diplomats highlighted the implications for security, development, human and labor rights, and the environment. Special attention was given to actionable policy recommendations, for instance regarding how to include natural resource governance strategies for Africa in the ongoing negotiations about a sustainable development agenda in 2015.

Conference Program
Keynote Speech of Ambassassador Zinsou

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Past Event: “FES New York 2014 Fall Academy: ‘How to Make Best Use of UN Capacities'”

intern1 : November 15, 2014 2:30 pm : Events, Events 2014, Global Security Governance, Highlights from New York, Uncategorized

10 – 14 November 2014, New York

Participants of the Fall Academy 2014

Participants of the Fall Academy 2014

From 10-14 November 2014, FES New York hosted its eighth annual Fall Academy “How to Make Best Use of UN Capacities” for young international policy analysts. 15 participants from eleven countries and three 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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FESNY Fall Academy Participants List

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Past Event: “Neo-Nazi Extremism in Germany”

intern1 : October 28, 2014 5:19 pm : Events 2014, Highlights from New York

Thursday, October 30th | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Roger Smith Hotel – Room: Solarium – 501 Lexington Avenue, New York

After the far right extremist terror group known as NSU (National Socialist Underground) was uncovered by the German police in 2011, a number of unresolved high-profile crimes have been attributed to the group. The group was charged with the murder of eight ethnic Turks and one Greek (between 2000-2006; known as the “Bosphorus Serial Murders”), the murder and attempted murder of two police officers, as well as the 2001 and 2004 bombings in Cologne which resulted in an attempted murder in 23 cases. These vicious crimes of the previously unknown terrorist group NSU sent Germany into a deep shock, raising questions about possible mistakes during police investigations and more generally the state’s response to ideological and political hate crimes. The trials against the NSU have been ongoing since May 2013.

Speakers were Dr. Mehmet Daimagüler, Alexander Pyka, LL.B and Prof. Marcia Pally, NYU.

This event was organized in cooperation with the FES office in Washington.

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