Exploring Scenarios in Global Economic Governance in 2020
24 November 2009
The 2007-2009 financial and economic crisis demonstrates the need for fundamental changes in the present global economic governance system. In 2008 the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung launched a scenario project – worked out by a team of 25 policy and economic experts from 17 different countries in the Global South and North – to envision what this system might look like in the year 2020. The FES Scenarios offer four different—and sometimes surprising—visions for a world under the following assumptions: 1) contradictory regulatory structures are ill coordinated by international institutions and nation states; 2) regional integration, rather than international organizations—are the main locus of policy-making; 3) multi-lateralism is dead and there is no international rule of law; and 4) an efficient and transparent multilateral system exists based on global partnerships and shared power. These scenarios are intended to stimulate the ongoing debate on global governance reform and to show decisionmakers different pictures of a possible future and—in particular—the possible negative outcomes and means to avoid them.
FES New York participates in UN-Interparliamentary Hearing
19/20 November 2009
Werner Puschra will contribute to a panel discussion that is part of this year’s hearing at the UN of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU). The hearings will address the multilateral response to the global economic crisis, and help bring the United Nations and its global agenda closer to the community of legislators and elected representatives.
The UN and the New Geostrategic Landscape for Disarmament
17 November 2009, 1-3pm
On November 17, on the occasion of the visit of the Committee on Disarmament of the Socialist International, FES New York will organize a luncheon discussion about the UN’s role in the ongoing global disarmament efforts. Speakers are Rolf Mützenich, MP Social Democratic Party of Germany and Chair of the SI’s Committee on Disarmament, and Hannelore Hoppe, Director and Deputy to the UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs.
9-13 November 2009
Already for the fourth time, FES New York will host its annual Fall Academy “Understanding the United Nations.” From November 9 to 13, 2009, 19 young policy analysts from all over the world are invited to come to New York to gain first-hand insights into the working of the UN. The program addresses various topics and branches of the UN’s work, as seen through the lenses of diplomats, UN Secretariat staff, NGOs and academia.
Toward a World Reserve System
6 November 2009, 9am – 5pm
FES New York in coppoeration with the Initiative for Policy Dialogue, and with support from the Ford Foundation is organizing a meeting on the prospects for a World Reserve System. The meeting will bring experts in the history, alternative forms and regional strategies toward a World Reserve System into dialogue with senior policymakers and key representatives from the United Nations, Bretton Woods Institutions and civil society organizations.
Already on November 5, FES New York will host a luncheon discussion with a selected group of conference participants and UN Diplomats.
New Challenges to Democracy in the Developing World
25 September 2009, 1pm – 3pm
FES New York and The Century Foundation organize a luncheon forum to discuss new challenges to democracy in the developing world. The discussion features the distinguished speakers H.E. Mariano Fernández Amunátegui, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chile, H.E. Maite Nkono-Mashabane, Minister of Foreign Affairs, South Africa (tbc) and Morton Halperin, Senior Advisor, Open Society Institute.
Challenges for Development in Times of Crisis
25 June 2009, 9:15 am – 10:15 am
German Mission to the United Nations, New York
On the occasion of the UN Conference on the Financial and Economic Crisis and Its Impact on Development, the combined challenges presented by the global financial crisis, its reper¬cussions for the economy and the labor markets, and the persistent threat of climate change demonstrate that it is imperative to identify systemic risks and to work toward coordinating an international response. The matter is of critical importance in order to secure development. The Friedrich Ebert Stiftung invited representatives of civil society to discuss these multi-faceted and interwoven matters of concern to the international community with German Development Minister Wieczorek-Zeul.
Policy Responses to the Job Crisis: Universal Social Protection is Key to Restoring Sustainable Growth with Equity
25 June 2009, 1:15 pm – 2:45 pm
UN Headquarters, Conference Room 9, New York
It has been urgent to highlight employment and universal social protection as the twin pillars of response to the global financial and economic crisis. Therefore the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and the International Trade Union Confederation, in collaboration with the Permanent Mission of Chile, have joined to put together a panel discussion on this issue.
Strenghtening Global Economic Governance: The Role of the United Nations
24 June 2009, 1pm – 3pm
German Mission to the United Nations, New York
In relation to the summit, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung organized a high-level side-event on questions of Global Economic Governance and the UN’s capacity to promote economic and social advancement, as well as its potential role in a global framework for stable, sustainable and balanced development of the world economy, including addressing questions of potential institutional reforms.
A Global New Deal on Agriculture?
11 May 2009, New York
This side event at the UN Commission on Sustainable Development will look at challenges and policy options available for moving towards a more sustainable agricultural system and provide an overview of initiatives that reinforce the social dimension in environmental decision making at the international, regional and local level. The event is joinlty organized by FES New York, ITUC and Sustainlabour.
Supporting Democracy: Pressing the Re‐set Button on International Policy
30 April 2009, New York
FES New York and the Century Foundation convened an international conference on new prospects for the democratic idea. The conference discussed the future challenges of democracy support after the international consensus around democracy has eroded over the recent years and democracy support has come under suspicion as simply a tool of the national security interests of leading promoters or of their economic interests and ideology.
Governance, Transparency and Accountability in Financial Institutions and Regulatory Bodies
27 and 28 April 2009, New York
FES New York and the Initiative for Policy Dialogue hosted a task force meeting on Governance, Transparency and Accountability in National and International Financial Institutions at Columbia University.
Safeguarding Development and Social Protection: Challenges for a New Global Financial Architecture
24 April 2009, Washington, D.C.
FES New York organized this panel featuring Arturo O’Connell, Director of the Central Bank of Argentina, in response to the challenges triggered by the global financial crisis in order to safeguard development and social protection by particularly addressing the lack of transparency and democracy in political processes.
Securing Development in the Midst of Financial Crisis and Climate Change
25 April 2009, Washington, D.C.
9:30 – 11:00am
FES New York organized this event featuring German Development Minister Wieczorek-Zeul on the the occasion of the spring meetings of the IMF and World Bank to discuss the combined challenges presented by the global financial crisis and its multi-faceted and interwoven matters of concern to the international community.
The Global Financial Crisis and International Financial Institutions: Governance Perspectives for Developing Countries
25 April 2009, Washington, D.C.
3:00 – 5:00pm
FES New York, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, and InWent jointly hosted this panel discussion within the scope of the IMF and World Bank meetings to identify both short-term and long-term measures to tackle the current financial crisis. Panelists included German Development Minister Wieczorek-Zeul, as well as Kristalina Georgieva, Vice President and Corporate Secretary of the World Bank.
The Global Food Crisis and the Right to Food
6 April 2009, New York
FES New York, the Global Policy Forum, and the NGO Working Group on Food and Hunger hosted this breakfast roundtable immediately prior to the General Assembly “Thematic Dialogue” on the Global Food Crisis and the Right to Food.
HIV/AIDS: Considering Gender in Policy Responses
3 March 2009, New York
Panel discussion during the UN Commission on the Status of Women, organized by FES New York, the International Association for Feminist Economics and United Nations Development Program.
Coping with Overstretch: Realigning Capacities to Fit Peace and Security Challenges In a Time of Political Fatigue
27-28 February 2009, Princeton
Two day conference organized by FES New York, the Centurty Foundation and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities:
Concepts of Implementation with Special Emphasis on Eemployment, Education and Accessibility
24 February 2009, New York
Roundtable discussion with Mr. Franz Thönnes, Parliamentary State Secretary, German Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, organized by FES New York and the Permanent Mission of Germany to the UN.
“A Global Network of Citizens”
19 February 2009, New York
Roundtable discussion with Professor Danielle Archibugi, author of the book The Global Commonwealth of Citizens (Princeton) hosted by FES New York and Global Policy Forum.
Social Security for Older People How Do We Protect Pensions and Social Services for the Aging in the Midst of Economic Crisis?
13 February 2009, New York
Side event during the 47th Session of the Commission on Social Development organized by FES New York and Global Action on Aging.
Financing the United Nations: More Effective Funding for Global Priorities?
11 February 2009, New York
Conference organized by FES New York and Global Policy Forum.
Civil Society Forum – 47th Session of the Commission on Social Development
“Social Integration: Building a Society for All”
3 February 2009, New York
Civil Society Forum hosted by FES New York, the United Nations Division of Social Policy and Development and the NGO Committee for Social Development.
Workshop for Working-Level Diplomats of UN Member States of the UN Peacebuilding Commission
29 January 2009, New York
Induction workshop organized by FES New York, the Quaker UN office and the UN Peacebuildng Support Office.
New Directions for the International Criminal Court?
12 January 2009, New York
Luncheon discussion on the future of the International Criminal Court organized by FES New York and the Century Foundation.
David Scheffer and John Hutson:“Strategy for U.S. Engagement with the International Criminal Court”. The Century Foundation, October 2008.