Highlights from New York

Recent Event: Are Governments & the Bretton Woods Institutions Fighting Inequality?

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Friday, April 21
International Monetary Fund HQ2
(3rd Fl) 03B-838B, Washington DC

The recent backlash against globalization in advanced economies was in part driven by the increasing wealth and income gaps between those who benefit and those who do not.

The consequences include political shifts in countries that have been the leading proponents of globalization. These shifts have put in question the future role of the multilateral institutions. This high-level panel co-organized by FES New York, New Rules, Development Finance International and Oxfam International aimed to promote a multi-stakeholder debate on the key measures global institutions and governments need to pursue in order to more effectively tackle economic inequality.

The panel covered issues which are crucial to reinforcing the roles of the IMF and World Bank in combating inequality and ensuring shared prosperity and discussed main roadblocks to progress, including inadequate data and political capture, which were main findings of a 2016 workshop on Assessing Inequality (read that report here).

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Past Event: “African Directions: Towards an Equitable Partnership in Peace Operations”

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017, New York

Left to right: Luise Rürup (Executive Director, FES New York), El-Ghassim Wane (Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, UN)

FES New York co-hosted a panel discussion and an expert-level workshop on the final report of the “The New Geopolitics of Peace Operations II” initiative, which was conducted by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) in partnership with FES and the Foreign Ministries of Finland and the Netherlands. Findings of the initiative, and particularly the pathways to improve future collaboration between African and external actors, especially the UN, were discussed with representatives from UN Member States and the New York peace operations experts community.

 

New Geopolitics of Peace Operations

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Past Event: “Global and Regional Nuclear Orders in a Moment of Geopolitical Uncertainty”

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

UNHQ, New York

From left to right: Ramesh Thakur (Director, Centre for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament), Angela Kane (Former UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs), and Daryl Kimball (Executive Director, Arms Control Association)

As recent geopolitical shifts continue to stress-test the existing regional and global nuclear orders, more than 100 UN Member States will gather in March 2017 to begin negotiating a nuclear weapons ban treaty.

In the run-up to these negotiations, FES New York and partners have brought timely insights and analyses from expert speakers about global nuclear policy challenges as well as an update on US policy debates from Washington to the UN. It has been an exchange of ideas among those who embrace the upcoming negotiations as a global effort to delegitimize nuclear weapons and others who see such talks as a distraction from the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.

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Past Event: International Reception during CSW61: “Women’s Economic Empowerment: Strategizing and Networking across Boards and Borders”

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Roger Smith Hotel, New York

Left: Cornelia Möhring, Deputy President of Parliamentary Group, Die Linke; Right: Elke Ferner (SPD), Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Ministry for Family, Seniors, Women, and Youth

The sixty-first session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61) took place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 13 to 24 March 2017.

In line with this year’s priority theme (“Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work”), FES New York, together with Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung – New York Office, Global Policy Forum, and Public Services International, co-hosted an international reception on “Women’s Economic Empowerment:  Strategizing and Networking across Boards and Borders.”

Bringing together government representatives, experts, academics, and activists from around the globe, this reception aimed to strengthen existing networks, create new ones, and promote women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work.

Brief remarks were delivered by members of the sponsoring organizations and our distinguished guests,  Ms. Elke Ferner (SPD), (Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Ministry for Family, Seniors, Women, and Youth) and Ms. Cornelia Möhring (Deputy President of Parliamentary Group, Die Linke).

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Publication: “Strengthening Civil Society Engagement with the United Nations.”

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Published and co-compiled by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung New York, the United Nations Association-UK, CIVICUS and Avaa

February 2017

This new publication is a co-production of FES New York and three other founding organizations of the campaign ‘1 for 7 billion’ committed to a democratic and transparent election of the Secretary-General.

This new publication features practical recommendations on how the new Secretary General and the UN can improve multilateralism between governments and also with community leaders, civil society organizations and activists. At the heart of all these recommendations, is a common message for António Guterres to build a more inclusive UN. The authors – ranging from youth activists, NGO directors and policy experts – call on the new Secretary-General to broaden and foster relationships with civil society on a wide spectrum of common interests.

Download here

 

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Publication: “The Silk Road Economic Belt: Security Implications and EU–China Cooperation Prospects” by Ghiasy and Jiayi Zhou

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Richard Ghiasy and Jiayi Zhou

Publication by SIPRI in collaboration with FES

February 2017

FES New York is pleased to share this new publication: “The Silk Road Economic Belt: Security Implications and EU-China Cooperation”, which is a result of the FES project work on Asia in collaboration with SIPRI.

The Silk Road Economic Belt (the ‘Belt’) component of the Belt and Road Initiative, announced by Xi Jinping over four years ago, represents an ambitious Chinese vision to promote infrastructural development and connectivity, and stimulate economic integration across the Eurasian continent. Ostensibly an economic initiative, the Belt also has important strategic implications, and is likely to interact with local security dynamics in many of the states with which China is partnering in a significant way. This report examines the wider security dynamics related to the Belt, at a geopolitical as well as intra-state level – and provides a number of cooperation avenues for the EU and China. The report is based on a one-year desk study as five regional workshops conducted over the course of 2016. It consists of three parts. First, it describes what the Belt is, what has driven China to initiate it, and how it relates to China’s security interests. It then examines security implications of and security risks to the Belt in two important regions of Central and South Asia. Finally, the report assesses how the Belt fits into EU interests, and provides recommendations for EU-China cooperation, to maximize positive spillovers of the Belt and to mitigate common security concerns. This project and its final report fill a gap in the discourse on the more localized and regional political implications of the Belt,for all stakeholders. Bringing together viewpoints from experts, academics, and policymakers across Eurasia, the report provides a comprehensive view how China’s initiative may affect the strategic landscape, and how the EU policymakers should best engage with it.

Download the publication here

Link to SIPRI’s publication announcement here

 

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Past Event: “Trade Union Perspectives on Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Changing World of Work” – Global Trade Union UNCSW Preparatory Meeting

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December 6-7, 2016
Hotel Roger Smith, New York

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Sandra Vermuyten (Head of Campaigns, PSI)

FES New York, in conjunction with the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), Education International (EI), and Public Services International (PSI), hosted a seminar on “Trade Union Perspectives on Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Changing World of Work”. The seminar served as a Global Trade Union preparatory meeting for the 2017 United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61), which has taken up the priority theme, “Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Changing World of Work”.

The participating trade unionists worked to develop a strategy for trade union representation and labour lobbying in the UNCSW61, to ensure high-level participation of trade unions in panels and official side-events, and to develop a strategy for increased labour visibility at UNCSW61.

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Past Event: World Bank-ITUC-FES Workshop on Labour Safeguards at Multinational Development Banks (MDBs)

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November 30 – December 1, 2016
World Bank HQ, Washington D.C.

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From let to right: Peter Bakvis (Executive Director, ITUC/Global Unions – Washington D.C. Office) and Luise Rürup (Executive Director, FES New York)

FES New York, in cooperation with the World Bank and International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), convened a workshop on labour safeguards policies at the World Bank and other Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs). Aiming to develop a cooperative approach for the implementation of labour safeguards at the World Bank and other MDBs, this workshop brought together specialists from Trade Unions, MDBs (World Bank, IFC, EBRD, ADB), and the International Labour Organization (ILO).

Against this backdrop, special emphasis was placed on the World Bank’s newly adopted labour safeguard, which establishes enforceable lending requirements for the Bank’s public sector divisions (IBRD and IDA). With the new safeguard taking effect in early 2018, the workshop highlighted the need for both the trade union movement and the ILO to be actively involved the preparations and subsequent monitoring in order to ensure that World Bank-funded activities truly comply with international labour standards.

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