Highlights from New York

New Publication: “Conceptualizing Protest and Conflict”

intern1 : July 29, 2015 11:21 am : 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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Recent 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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New 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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Recent Event: “What do Malians Think of the Prospects for Peace? Findings from the Mali-Mètre Opinion Poll”

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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”

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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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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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Recent 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

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

By invitation only

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”

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

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.

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

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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”

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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”

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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.

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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”

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

intern1 : September 16, 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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New Publication: “Reforming the International Monetary and Financial Architecture”

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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, 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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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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Secretary-General’s 2014 RtoP Report
Event Summary

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

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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

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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”

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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”

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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”

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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, 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, 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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List of Participants
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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
Summary 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, 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, 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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Past 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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Past 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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Past 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, 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, 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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