NY Events

Events 2014

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.

Program

Comments are closed

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

Homepage

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

Comments are closed

Past Event: “FES New York 2014 Fall Academy: ‘How to Make Beste 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.

Program
FESNY Fall Academy Participants List

Comments are closed

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.

Comments are closed

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.

Download Program
Secretary-General’s 2014 RtoP Report
Event Summary

Comments are closed

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Download Agenda

Comments are closed

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

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

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

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

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

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

Comments are closed

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

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

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

By Invitation Only

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

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

Download Program

Comments are closed

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

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

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

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

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

Download Program

Comments are closed

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.

 

 

Download Program
PIJ Special Edition “A Middle East Without Weapons of Mass Destruction”
Download Final Report

Comments are closed

Past Event: “Care and Sustainable Economy in the Post 2015 Development Agenda”

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

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

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

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

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

Download Program
Article UN-NGLS

Comments are closed

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.

Download Program

Further information: SIPRI

Comments are closed

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.

Download Program

Comments are closed

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.

Download NGO Forum Program
Download Program for FES/ILO/Global Coalition for Social Protection side event
Download Civil Society Declaration 2014

Comments are closed

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

Comments are closed
« Page 1 »

Events 2013

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.

Download full text “World Protests 2006-2013″
Download “World Protests 2006-2013–Executive Summary”
Download “World-Protests-2006-2013-Executive-Summary-French”
Download “World-Protests-2006-2013-Executive-Summary-German”
Download “World-Protests-2006-2013-Executive-Summary-Spanish”
Download “World-Protests-2006-2013-Executive-Summary-Russian”

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.

Comments are closed

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

Comments are closed

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.

Program
List of Participants
Photos on Facebook

Comments are closed

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.

Download Program

Comments are closed

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.

Download Program
Download Book
Download Perspective

Comments are closed

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)

Download Program

Download FES Publication “Resolving Sovereign Debt Crises” 2nd edition, by Jürgen Kaiser

Comments are closed

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

Comments are closed

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.

Download Program

Comments are closed

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.

Download Invitation and Program
FES report Framework Forum Geneva
UNIDIR Background Paper
OEWG Proposals

Comments are closed

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.

Download Program
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

Comments are closed

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.

Download Program
Live TV Webcast
UN Secretary-General’s Report
Summary Report

Comments are closed

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.

Download Programme

Comments are closed

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).

Comments are closed

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

Comments are closed

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

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

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

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

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

Programme

 

Comments are closed

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

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

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

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

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

Programme

Comments are closed

Past Event: World Social Forum in Tunis, Tunisia

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

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

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

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

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

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

FES at 2013 World Social Forum
Sustainability Blog Post by Sara Burke
UBUNTU
Report WSF

Comments are closed

Past Event: “UN Security Council Sanctions on Natural Resources: Towards a More Global Approach”

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

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

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

Program
CCI Sanctions and Natural Resources Dialogue
FES International Policy Analysis
Summary

 

 

 

Comments are closed

Past Event: “Arms Transfer, Transparency, and the ATT”

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

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

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

Program

Comments are closed

Past Event “Lessons Learned From the 2012 QCPR Process”

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

February 28, 2013
UN Secretariat

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

Program
UNDESA QCPR

Comments are closed

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

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

February 5, 2013
United Nations HQ, NLB

CSF2013

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

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

Program

Comments are closed
« Page 1 »

Events 2012

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

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

12 December 2012, New York

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

Concept note

Comments are closed

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

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

26 November 2012, New York

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

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

Program
Archived Webcast
Photos on Facebook

 

Comments are closed

Past Event “FES New York Fall Academy 2012″

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

12 – 16 November 2012, New York

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

Program
List of Participants
Photos on Facebook

Comments are closed

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

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

4 – 9 November 2012, New York

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

Program
Delegation List
Report

Comments are closed

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

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

25 October 2012, New York

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

Program

Comments are closed

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

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

15 October 2012, New York

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

Program

Comments are closed

Past Event: “The Changing Middle East: Implications for Regional and Global Politics”

intern1 : June 28, 2012 12:00 pm : Events 2012, Global Security Governance, Highlights from New York

11 July 2012, New York

The recent turmoil in the Middle East has added an unsettled new dynamic to the long-standing policy challenges in the region. Against the backdrop of perennial concerns about Iran’s nuclear ambitions and capabilities and the Middle East peace process, key regional and international actors are grappling with how to address these new instabilities while assuring regional allies and domestic constituencies that the new dynamic does not need to lead to a further, and possibly irreparable, escalation of tension. To help clarify the key issues and explore policy options in the region, FES New York and the EastWest Institute hosted this workshop with experts from and on the region. Among the panelists were Rolf Mützenich, Member of the German Parliament (Bundestag), H.E. Mr. Seyed Houssein Mousavian, Research Scholar at the the Program on Science and Global Security, Princeton University and H.E. Mr. Abdullah Alsaidi, Senior Fellow at the International Peace Institute (see picture).

Program and Bios

Comments are closed

Past Event: Rio+20 Side Event: Sustainable Development in an Unequal World

SaraB : June 12, 2012 10:50 am : Events, Events 2012, Global Economic Governance, Highlights from New York

20 June 2012, 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm, Room T-4, RioCentro Convention Center, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The vision statement from the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Global Sustainability offers an insightful summary of the global state of affairs: “Today our planet and our world are experiencing the best of times and the worst of times…  Inequality between the world’s rich and poor is growing, and more than a billion people still live in poverty.  In many countries, there are rising waves of protest reflecting universal aspirations for a more prosperous, just and sustainable world.”  In this event, world leaders past and present spoke to the urgent need of millions of people worldwide for equitable and sustainable development to get out of poverty and to ensure their security and stability.  They also addressed the challenge for every country to transition to sustainable consumption and production patterns that can ensure socially equitable and economically and environmentally viable human development, objectives which should be pursued together.

Download Programme

Summary of the Event (A4 Size)
Summary of the Event (Letter Size)

Background Material-FES Publications:

Reflections on the State of Agreement on Key Issues of Rio+20
A Human Rights Based Approach to Climate Finance
Civil Society Reflection Group Statement on Global Development Perspectives on Rio+20 and Beyond

Related Links:
Rio+20 Official Site
Peoples’ Summit for Social and Environmental Justice in Rio +20

Comments are closed

Past Event: Rio+20 People’s Summit Discussion with Civil Society and IMF

SaraB : June 12, 2012 10:49 am : Events 2012, Global Economic Governance, Highlights from New York, Uncategorized

FES New York organized a meeting at the People’s Summit, parallel to the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development, between members of the Civil Society Reflection Group and representatives from the International Monetary Fund for an exchange of ideas on sustainable development and green economy.

 

Comments are closed

Past Events: “Global Civil Society Perspectives on the Responsibility to Protect”

intern1 : June 6, 2012 4:08 pm : Events, Events 2012, Global Security Governance, Highlights from New York

June 11 – 13, 2012
New York

FES New York supported a series of meetings organized by Global Action to Prevent War (GAPW) and its partners from civil society organizations from various continents on the emerging norm of the “Responsibility to Protect”. As part of the debate Hermann Hokou, International Center for Development of Law, Abidjan (see picture), reported from the UN-mandated intervention in Côte d’Ivoire in 2011. The discussions on June 11 addressed how various UN Mandates can contribute to prevention, and reflect on balanced and robust responses to the threat of mass atrocities. On June 13, special attention was given to the proposal for a United Nations Emergency Peace Service (UNEPS).

Program June 11
Program June 13

Comments are closed

Past Event: “Dialogue on UN operational activities for development: Preparations for the 2012 QCPR”

intern1 : May 24, 2012 1:47 pm : Events 2012, Highlights from New York, Reforming the United Nations

June 8-9
Retreat at Tarrytown, New York

This retreat was the third event sponsored by the President of the General Assembly, H.E. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser (picture), the UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs, and FES New York to prepare UN Member States for the quadrennial comprehensive policy review (QCPR) on UN operational activities for development. The retreat provided an opportunity for Permanent Representatives and other senior officials from Member States and UN entities to exchange in-depth substantive analysis on how to adapt UN operational activities for development to the evolving global context. It was intended that these discussions in an informal setting will contribute significantly to the debates and negotiations of the General Assembly later this year on the 2012-2016 QCPR resolution.

Program
QCPR Info by UN DESA

Comments are closed

Past Event: A Global Shared Societies Agenda

intern1 : April 9, 2012 2:37 pm : Events 2012, Global Economic Governance, Highlights from New York, Uncategorized

22 April, 2012, International Monetary Fund Headquarters, HQ2 Room 01-280, Washington, DC

For the 2012 meetings of the IMF and World Bank, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Club de Madrid and Center of Concern built upon our April and September 2011 conferences at IMF toward the facilitation of a “Global Shared-Societies Agenda,” a strategy to promote social inclusion and cohesion for sustainable development and growth.  This two-part event began with a high-level panel discussion on the political will needed to agree to a global shared societies agenda.  The second part was a seminar for advisors from national and intergovernmental organizations to work on the formulation of the Agenda.  The focus of the seminar was on what is required to forge a new, international consensus to directly incorporate social as well as hard economic considerations into the framework of the international monetary and financial system and to bring indicators of impacts on social conditions into the policy performance goals that Member States are required to meet by the international financial institutions.


High-Level Panel Discussion:
“A Global Shared Societies Agenda Requires Political Will”
22 April 2012, 9:30 am – 12.30 pm
HQ2 Room 01-280

With John Bruton, Prime Minister of Ireland (1994‐1997); Member, Club de Madrid, Petre Roman, Prime Minister of Romania (1989 – 1991); Member, Club de Madrid, François Bourguignon, Director, Paris School of Economics; former Chief Economist of the World Bank, Jack Boorman, Former Director, Policy Development and Review Department and Counsellor and Special Advisor to the Independent Evaluation Office, International Monetary Found, Hugh Bredenkamp, Deputy Director, Strategy, Policy and Review Department, International Monetary Fund

Workshop:
“Necessary Elements for a Global Strategy to Promote Social Cohesion for Sustainable Development and Growth”
With the Asian Development Bank, G20 Mexican Presidency, International Labour Organization, International Monetary Fund, International Trade Union Confederation, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, UN Children’s Fund, UN-Department of Economic and Social Affairs, UN Development Programme, UN Regional Commissions, UN Women and World Bank.

Programme
Background Reading: Fixing Finance Is Not Enough
Background Reading: New Directions for International Financial and Monetary Policy

Comments are closed

Past Event: “Dialogue on UN operational Activities for Development: Funding of UN operational Activities for Development”

intern1 : March 26, 2012 4:18 pm : Events 2012, Highlights from New York, Reforming the United Nations, Uncategorized

29 March, 2012, 9:30 am – 1:00 pm, Permanent Mission of Indonesia to the United Nations, 325 East 38th St., New York

In the fall of 2012 the UN General Assembly conducts the quadrennial comprehensive policy review (QCPR) of UN operational activities for development. Its outcome shapes the orientation and functioning of the UN development system for the next four years until 2016. To help UN Member States and UN entities with the preparations for this policy review, FES New York, together with the Office of the President of the General Assembly and UN DESA have jointly organized a series of discussion events. The second debate on March 29, with the participation of the President of the General Assembly H.E. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser and UN Women Executive Director Ms. Michelle Bachelet, focused on the funding of UN operational activities for development.

QCPR Info by UN DESA
Info Note for all Seminars
Program (Seminar I)
Summary (Seminar I)
Program (Seminar II)

Comments are closed

Past Event: “Revisiting the Work of the UN Security Council of 2011 – Looking Back to Move Ahead”

intern1 : March 21, 2012 3:43 pm : Events 2012, Global Security Governance, Highlights from New York, Uncategorized

16 March, 2012, 1:00 pm – 5:30 pm, Security Council Report, One Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza, 21st Floor, New York

This half-day long workshop that FES New York organized at the “Security Council Report” was a stock-taking exercise of the Council’s work last year.  Participating in this informal discussion under Chatham House rules were about 25 representatives from current and from previous Council members. Looking back at 2011 – a year in which the Council was unique in its composition as well as its actions – was intended to bring to the fore some of the larger challenges related to the Council’s membership, its working methods, its position within the UN system – as well as the prospects for reform of any of these issues.

Program
Summary

Comments are closed

Past Event: “Expert Group Meeting on Practical Transfer Pricing Issues for Developing Countries”

intern1 : March 9, 2012 2:00 pm : Events 2012, Global Economic Governance, Highlights from New York

14 March 2012, 9:30 am – 6:30 pm, UNHQ-North Lawn Building, Conference Room 1, New York

The Financing for Development Office (FfDO) of UN-DESA and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) New York were jointly organizing an Expert Group Meeting on “Practical Transfer Pricing Issues for Developing Countries and Capacity Development in Tax Matters”, which are the current priority areas in work of the UN Committee. Accordingly, the meeting focused on practical transfer pricing issues for developing countries as a contribution to the Committee’s current work on a Practical Manual on Transfer Pricing for Developing Countries, to be adopted at its next annual session in October 2012 and capacity development programmes in developing countries, based on the 2011 Update of the UN Model Tax Convention and the forthcoming UN Practical Manual on Transfer Pricing.

Program Draft
Concept Note
FES Perspectives Brief: “Transfer Pricing is a Financing for Development Issue”
Financing for Development Expert Group Meeting Information page

Comments are closed

Past Event: “Dialogue on UN operational Activities for Development: Emerging Issues in UN Development Operations”

intern1 : March 9, 2012 1:47 pm : Events 2012, Highlights from New York, Reforming the United Nations, Uncategorized

13 February, 2012, 9:30 am – 1:00 pm, Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations, One Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza, 21st Floor, New York

In the fall of 2012 the UN General Assembly conducts the quadrennial comprehensive policy review (QCPR) of UN operational activities for development. Its outcome shapes the orientation and functioning of the UN development system for the next four years until 2016. To help UN Member States and UN entities with the preparations for this policy review, FES New York, together with the Office of the President of the General Assembly and UN DESA have jointly organized a series of discussion events. The first debate on February 13, with the participation of the President of the General Assembly H.E. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser and UNDP Administrator Ms. Helen Clark (see picture), focused on the challenges that arise from the changing global environment for the UN’s development work.

QCPR Info by UN DESA
Info Note for all Seminars
Program
Summary

Comments are closed

Past Event – “Transition in the Arab World: Poor-People Power for Peace, Democracy and Progress”

intern1 : January 30, 2012 10:19 am : Events 2012, Global Economic Governance, Highlights from New York, Uncategorized

1 February 2012, 1:00 pm – 2:45 pm, UNHQ-North Lawn Building, New York, Conference Room 4, New York

In response to the economic crises of recent years, CSOs from Africa, South East Asia and the Middle East have been engaged in a regionally-based dialogue on how a community-based participatory approach emphasizing innovative community-driven partnerships with local and national government institutions can advance pro-poor policies that take into account the strong interrelationships of poverty with injustice, lack of basic human freedoms, restricted opportunities, exclusion, disasters, conflict and other violence and economic upheaval.  This panel discussion was bridging the gap between policy and practice by examining possibilities for a new era of multi-stakeholder collaboration in the Arab World.

Program
Conference Input “Awaiting the Arab Social Spring” powerpoint by Jomo Kwame Sundaram, Assistant Secretary General for Economic Development, UN-DESA
Background Document: Urban Poor Fund
Background Document: IIED London 2010 Meeting Report

Comments are closed

Past Event – “Commission for Social Development Civil Society Forum”

intern1 : January 25, 2012 10:42 am : Events 2012, Global Economic Governance, Highlights from New York

31 January 2012, 10:00 am – 4:45 pm, UNHQ-North Lawn Building, Conference Room 3, New York

Each year the NGO Committee conducts a Forum, based on the theme to be addressed by the UN Commission for Social Development at its annual meeting.  The theme of this year’s civil society forum was “The Social Protection Floor Initiative (SPFI) – Bridging the Gap to Poverty Eradication.”  The Commission and NGO forum was an opportunity for governments and civil society to engage on effective policies and practices via the SPFI as an essential and universal solution to break the cycle of poverty and reduce inequality and social exclusion while accelerating action toward achievement of Millennium Development Goals, 2015.

Program
Background Document: IIED Urban Poor Fund
Background Document: UN-DESA National Development Strategy Policy Note “Social Policy” by Isabel Ortiz
Presentation: By Mr. Michael Cichon
Presentation: By Mr. Baquer Namazi

Comments are closed

Past Event – “Reception for Speakers and Bureau – Prior to the 50th Commission for Social Development”

intern1 : January 23, 2012 11:06 am : Events, Events 2012, Highlights from New York

30 January 2012, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm; Bahá’í International, 866 United Nations Plaza, Suite 120, New York

On the eve of the 50th Commission for Social Development, the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung and NGO Committee for Social Development hosted a reception for speakers in the annual Civil Society Forum of the Commission.  The meeting provided an opportunity for organizers, Bureau Members and panelists, as well as NGOs coming from around the world for the Commission, to share expectations and strategize prior to the Forum.  Entertainment was provided by the World Youth Orchestra.

Comments are closed
« Page 1 »

 

Archived Events

Comments are closed.