December 1, 2015
United Nations Headquarters, New York
Hosted by the World Bank Group and the New York Office of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, this event featured an address by Nobel Laureate Professor A. Michael Spence, and World Bank Group Corporate Secretary and President’s Special Envoy Mahmoud Mohieldin.
The event consisted of two related presentations. The first presentation discussed the need to invest in inclusiveness, sustainability, and growth as a prerequisite for attaining the SDGs. The second presentation was the launch of a country development diagnostic framework, which assesses implementation challenges, potential policies, and sources of fiscal space for countries to achieve the 2030 Agenda.
Past Event: “Utilizing the United Nations Guiding Principles (UNGPs) in the context of extractive industries – Benefits and challenges”intern1 : November 12, 2015 12:07 pm : Events, Events 2015, Global Security Governance
November 18, 2015
Palais des Nations, Room XXIV, Geneva
The FES offices of Geneva and New York, together with the Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association (ZELA), co-hosted a Side Event on the occasion of the Fourth Forum of Business and Human Rights. In line with the focus of the Forum, this session aimed to contribute to multi-stakeholder dialogue and engagement while exploring the benefits and challenges related to the implementation of the United Nations Guiding Principles (UNGPs) in the context of extractive industries.
Past Event: “Mining Communities in post-conflict settings: New Challenges and Opportunities for Peacebuilding”intern1 : November 12, 2015 11:52 am : Events, Events 2015, Global Security Governance
November 17, 2015
Palais des Nations, UN Library, Geneva
In a number of conflict regions, sanctions and due diligence regimes remain unable to prevent natural resources from fueling armed conflict. In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and elsewhere, criminal networks and elites extort an ever-growing share of mining profits at the expense of local communities. Against this backdrop, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Geneva and New York, in cooperation with the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP), co-hosted a panel discussion on new developments, challenges and opportunities for peacebuilding in affected mining communities.
Past Event: “ATT Ratification, Accession and Implementation in Africa: Challenges and Opportunities”intern1 : October 21, 2015 11:23 am : Events, Events 2015, Global Security Governance, Uncategorized
October 29, 2015
United Nations Headquarters, CB CR-9
FES New York, together with a group of partner organizations, co-sponsored a side event during this year’s UN’s First Committee Session. Invited diplomats and arms control experts discussed how states, international and regional organizations, and NGOs can work together towards increasing the number of Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) states parties in Africa. The debate also explored already existing tools for ATT-implementation, and related cooperation and assistance activities.
September 28, 2015
Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, New York Office was a co-sponsor of this high-level conference. The conference coincided with the first day of the UN General Assembly’s General Discussion and dealt with a specific package of reforms to overcome the crisis of global governance. The package is based on the Report of the Commission on Global Security, Justice and Governance, Confronting the Crisis of Global Governance, published in June 2015.
September 25, 2015
Delegates’ Dining Room, United Nations Headquarters, New York
The Group of Friends of Decent Work was established by UN Member States in September 2014 to serve as an intergovernmental platform to promote decent work issues in the Post 2015 Development Agenda. Over the last year the Group has held briefings, informal consultations and exchanges and worked in various international fora to advance decent work in the international agenda.
On 25 September 2015, the first day of the UN Sustainable Development Summit 2015, a high-level interactive dialogue was held by the Group along with the ILO. The executive director of the New York office of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung was invited to be part of the dialogue on goal 8 of the envisaged 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Goal 8 calls for the international community to “promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth and full and productive employment and decent work for all”. The new agenda challenges the Member States, the UN System and other stakeholders to address the global jobs challenge of creating decent work, boosting economic growth while tackling poverty and inequality and encouraging the transition to a more sustainable economy by 2030.
September 22, 2015
Open Society Foundations, New York
In recent years the world’s people have turned to protest in increasing numbers, highlighting a failure of political representation in virtually every kind of political system. This September, as the United Nations celebrates its 70th Anniversary and activists look back on the fourth Anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, the trajectory of protests and government response remains a zero-sum game, with protesters growing more alienated from those who are supposed to represent their interests, and many governments rushing to suppress protest movements as threats to peace and security rather than pursuing a middle path toward real dialogue. Is the United Nations’ Post-2015 Development Paradigm—our once-in-a-generation commitment to development—really capable of addressing the grievances driving world protests?
In this context, FES, Occupy the Media and Open Society Foundations organized this international conference to launch a Global Platform on Participation and Protest. The Global Platform hosts the interactive World Protests Tool, which builds on research behind “World Protests 2006-2013”—subsequently expanded and refined in 2014—and brings it online for public use and engagement so that demands for meaningful political participation, economic justice, human rights, and the rights of groups, minorities and the environment can be documented, analyzed by journalists, scholars, and people in movements with online data-visualization tools and space for user-generated content and forum discussion.
The conference keynote address was delivered by Amy Goodman, Host and Executive Producer for national, daily, independent, and award-winning news program, Democracy Now!.
Download conference program
Download backgrounder “Conceptualizing Protest and Conflict”
Download working paper “World Protests 2006-2013“: Executive Summaries available in English, Spanish, French, German and Russian
September 9, 2015
United Nations, Delegates Dining Room 1-3
Ten years have passed since UN Member States committed themselves to the responsibility to protect (RtoP) populations from genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and ethnic cleansing. To discuss the normative and conceptual advancement of RtoP, FES New York in cooperation with the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect (ICRtoP) and the Stanley Foundation, hosted a luncheon on September 9, 2015. Introductory remarks were delivered by Dr. Jennifer Welsh, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on the Responsibility to Protect. Erin Mooney, Senior Protection Adviser, United Nations, Protection Capacity (ProCap), spoke on the various protection challenges that arise from displacement due to the risk or commission of atrocities. Alexandra Hiniker, Representative to the United Nations; PAX, addressed the relationship between arms control and atrocities prevention. Dr. Alex Bellamy, Director of the Asia-Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, shared his recommendations on the rise of violent extremism and the challenges it poses to more traditional, state-centered interpretations of the RtoP norm.
Past Event: “Inclusive sustainable growth: The transformative approach of the post-2015 agenda for sustainable development”intern1 : June 24, 2015 5:09 pm : Events, Events 2015, Global Economic Governance
Delegates Dining Room 1-3, United Nations Headquarters, New York
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.
Past Event: “What do Malians Think of the Prospects for Peace? Findings from the Mali-Mètre Opinion Poll”intern1 : June 19, 2015 3:18 pm : Events 2015, Global Security Governance
June 18, 2015
Delegates Dining Room 6, United Nations Headquarters, New York
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.
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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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.
May 11-13, 2015
Cornell Worker Institute, New York
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.
Wednesday, 29 April 2015
United Nations Headquarters, Delegates Dining Room 5
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.
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.
Past Event: Panel Discussion “The Future Peace Operations Landscape: Voices from Stakeholders around the Globe”VolkerL : February 11, 2015 4:19 pm : Events, Events 2015, Global Security Governance
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.
February 3, 2015
UNHQ – New York
The 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.
January 26 2015
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.
New York, December 11, 2014
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.
Tuesday – Wednesday, November 18-19 | 11am – 4pm
Church Center for the UN, New York
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.
10 – 14 November 2014, New York
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.
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.
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
Thursday, September 4, 2014, 1:15 pm – 2:45 pm
UNHQ, New York
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.
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, Uncategorized
Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Conference Room C, UNHQ, New York
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.
Past Event following up the General Assembly’s Thematic Debate “Ensuring Stable and Peaceful Societies”: A Reflection and Strategy Meetingintern1 : April 30, 2014 3:04 pm : Events, Events 2014, Global Security Governance, Topics
Friday, April 25, 2014, 1:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Baha’i International Community, New York
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.
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, Topics
Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Delegate’s Dining Room, UNHQ, New York
By Invitation Only
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.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
World Bank, Main Complex MC building 2-210, Washington D.C.
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.
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)
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.
Monday 17th March 2014
Conference room C (CB), UN building, New York
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.
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
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.
Tuesday, 18 February 2014
Conference Room 7, NLB, UN Headquarters, New York
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.
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
Monday, 10 February 2014
New York, UN Headquarters, NLB, Conference Room 4
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.
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
Monday, 3 February 2014
1:15 – 2:45 p.m.
New York, UN Headquarters, 4th floor, Private Delegates Dining Room 1-3
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.
December 11-12, 2013
Columbia University and United Nations Headquarters
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”
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.
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.
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.
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, Reforming the United Nations, Uncategorized
Monday, October 28, 2013
German House, 871 UN Plaza
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.
Thursday, October 17, 2013
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.
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
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.
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 FES Publication “Resolving Sovereign Debt Crises” 2nd edition, by Jürgen Kaiser
Monday, October 7, 2013
New York, UN Headquarters
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.
Wednesday October 2, 2013
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
UNHQ, Conference Room 6 (North Lawn Building)
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.
Thursday, 26 September 2013, 1:15 to 2:30pm
New York, UNHQ, Trusteeship Council Chamber
Conference Room A
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.
Thursday, 19 September 2013
New York, UNHQ, Trusteeship Council Chamber
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
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.
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”
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.
Past Event: “Learning From Experience: Building the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda with People Living in Extreme PovertySaraB : July 1, 2013 11:05 am : Events, Events 2013, Global Economic Governance, 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.
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).
On 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.
“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
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.
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
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.
“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.
March 21/22, 2013
UN Church Center, New York
Attendance only by Invitation
FES 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).
March 18, 2013, 1:15 – 2:30 pm
UN Headquarters, New York, North Lawn Building, Conference Room B
On 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.
February 28, 2013
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.
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
February 5, 2013
United Nations HQ, NLB
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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).
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.
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
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.
June 11 – 13, 2012
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).
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.
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
“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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
Past Event: “Dialogue on UN operational Activities for Development: Emerging Issues in UN Development Operations”intern1 : March 9, 2012 1:47 pm : Events 2012, 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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
UNHQ, Conference Room C
3:00pm-6:00pm, December 6, 2011
On December 7-8 the UN General Assembly has held its 5th High-level Dialogue on Financing for Development (FfD) at UNHQ in New York. The vision of FfD endorsed in the Monterrey Consensus 10 years ago is a long way from becoming reality. And recent events—from the global financial crisis of 2008-9 to the ongoing democratic uprisings in the Arab World, anti-austerity demonstrations in Europe and Israel, and the Occupy movement’s protests against rising inequality—show that the current international economic system does not support equitable development and sustainable growth.
The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, UBUNTU (World Forum of Civil Society Networks) and the NGO Committee on FfD, organized a Civil Society Forum on December 6th to prepare for the High-level Dialogue and to discuss both the role that rising global inequality is having on development as well as how to more effectively link the global and local agendas related to domestic resource mobilization.
“Thanks to Nurses Union and Occupy Wall Street, Pressure for Wall Street Speculation Tax Grows”, Sarah Jaffe, AlterNet, November 30
“Innovative mechanisms of financing for development”, Report of the Secretary General “Nurses Call the Question on Obama and Global Financial Transaction Tax — Which Side Are You On?”, Rose Ann DeMoro, Huffington Post, October 28
“The Politics of Inclusion in the Monterrey Process”, DESA Working Paper No. 23
“Pay Back Time”, Report from the May 12 Coalition
“Human Need – Not Corporate Greed!”, NGO Committee on Financing for Development “How to reduce the global financial and economic uncertainties?”, NGO Committee on Financing for Development:
“It’s time to implement an international currency transaction tax!!”, Statement of the Ubuntu Forum
“Globalizing Solidarity: The Case for Financial Levies”, Report of the Committee of Experts to the Taskforce on International Financial Transactions and Development “Grow Together or Pull Further Apart? Income Concentration Trends in New York”, Fiscal Policy Institute Report
November 10, 2011 – UNHQ
Following our recent retreat for Permanent Representatives for Rio+20, FES registered a concern expressed by many Member States that achieving success in Rio will require global leadership to pursue sustainable development. This event allowed former Heads of State Jennifer Shipley (New Zealand), Wim Kok (the Netherlands), Ricardo Lagos (Chile) and Luisa Diogo (Mozambique) to hold a frank and open dialogue with the international community and key stakeholders, opening a discussion on what sort of road map to a green economy allows sufficient flexibility for countries to apply their own options while maintaining the overview necessary to safeguard the resources of the planet.
“Reflections on the State of Agreement on Key Issues of Rio+20”
November 7 – 11, 2011, New York
Already for the sixth time, FES New York hosted its annual Fall Academy for young policy analysts. This year’s group comprised 14 participants from Africa, Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe and Russia. Throughout the week, participants met with UN diplomats, Secretariat, and NGO experts to discuss the UN’s work on peace and security issues, sustainable development and the upcoming Rio+20 summit, and the organization’s most recent reform initiatives.
October 21, 2011
On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the New York office, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung invited its friends, colleagues and partners to a reception at the United Nations. The honorary speakers were Ms. Anke Fuchs, Honorary Chairperson, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (right) and H.E. Michelle Bachelet, Under-Secretary-General, UN Women.
October 13, 2011
The newly independent South Sudan faces challenges aplenty on its way towards a sustainable, economically viable, democratic and peaceful development. To chart the main obstacles and opportunities for the country, its neighbors and the international community, FES New York hosted a high-level conference with high-level representatives from the North and South Sudan. A Keynote Address was delivered by General (R) Martin Agwai, Formerly the Force Commander of the UNAMID peace operation in Darfur (see picture).
September 30-October 1, 2011
This FES-sponsored retreat set up an informal space and time for Permanent Representatives and experts from a number of UN missions to discuss issues related to upcoming preparations for the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20).
Supplementary documents from Retreat:
Conference Report “Reflections on the State of Agreement on Key Issues of Rio+20”
Opening Statement by Mr. Werner Puschra (FES)
Opening Statement by Mr. Sha Zukang (UNCSD)
Opening Statement by H.E. Mr. Kim Sook (UNCSD Bureau)
Keynote Presentation | Powerpoint by Mr. Soogil Young (Rep. of Korea Presidential Committee on Green Growth)
Keynote Presentation by Mr. Michael Dorsey (Dartmouth College)
Past Event – From Rising Inequalities to Shared Societies – The need to create a sustainable International Monetary and Financial Systemintern1 : September 29, 2011 5:00 pm : Events 2011, Global Economic Governance, Uncategorized
High-Level Conference, Sunday, September 25th, 2011; 9am-6pm, IMF HQ2 Building, Room HQ2-01-280 (A&B)
Neither national nor international policies adopted in response to recent crises have translated into strong recoveries. The rebound has been especially weak in the labor markets. In addition, the limited role that public policy has played in addressing chronic and increasing inequality—especially the particular challenges presented by group inequalities, which are fuelled by perceived and real injustice, and often have international dimensions—underscores the urgency of finding ways to correct these ineffective policies. The main objective of this conference, jointly organized by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Club de Madrid and Center of Concern, has been to promote this discussion among influential current and former policymakers and key thinkers in the context of the 2011 Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.
Panelists: Alfred Gusenbauer (Chancellor of Austria [2007-2008]; Member, Club de Madrid), Sigrid Kaag (Assistant Secretary General and Director of Partnership Bureau, UNDP), Y. Venugopal Reddy (Governor, Reserve Bank of India [2003-2008]; Member, Palais Royal Initiative), Alejandro Toledo (President of Peru [2001-2006]; Member, Club de Madrid), Sanjeev Gupta (Deputy Director, Fiscal Affairs Department, IMF), Chrystia Freeland (Editor, Thompson Reuters Digital), Isabel Ortiz (Associate Director, UNICEF), Michael Kumhof (Deputy Chief, Modeling Unit, IMF Research Department), Raymond Torres (Director, International Institute for Labour Studies, ILO), Richard Freeman (Professor of Economics, Harvard University), Josè Antonio Ocampo (Professor, School of International and Public Affairs), Jonathan Coppel (Economic Counsellor to the OECD Secretary General), Rogério Studart (Executive Director to the World Bank from Brazil), Jomo Kwame Sundaram (Assistant Secretary General, UN-DESA), Emmanuel Moulin (Economic Advisor to French President Sarkozy), Pablo Pereira (Former IMF Executive Director from Argentina), Ulrich Volz (Senior Economist, German Development Institute), Rishi Goyal (Deputy Chief, Strategy, Policy and Review Dept. IMF)
Luncheon Discussion, Thursday, July 28, 1:00pm – 2:45pm at The Century Foundation (New York)
FES New York and The Century Foundation will co-host a discussion about where the Libyan conflict and intervention are headed.
Leading the discussion will be:
Ibrahim Dabbashi, ambassador and deputy permanent representative of Libya to the United Nations (picture, middle)
Ian Martin, Secretary-General’s special advisor on post-conflict planning for Libya, United Nations Department of Political Affairs (picture, left)
Karim Mezran, executive director, Centro Studi Americani, Rome (picture, right)
Baso Sangqu, ambassador and permanent representative of South Africa to the United Nation
Conference on Civil Society Perspectives, Monday, July 11 9:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. UN Church Center
This year’s interactive dialogue of the UN General Assembly on the Responsibility to Protect (RtoP) focused on the implementing role of regional and sub-regional organizations. One day ahead, FES New York co-hosted a half-day conference featuring civil society perspectives on the implementation of R2P. One of the keynoters was Dr. Edward Luck, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on the RtoP. (see picture)
Informal Discussion on “Global Economic Governance, Global Inequality and the Role of the United Nations”VolkerL : June 27, 2011 12:03 pm : Events, Events 2011, Global Economic Governance
Monday, June 27, 2011, 1:00am-3:00pm UNHQ, Delegates’ Dining Room, New York, NY
In the context of informal dialogues to take place in the UN General Assembly on June 28, 2011 regarding the UN’s role in global governance, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and UBUNTU (World Forum of Civil Society Networks) co-sponsor a lunchtime event to emphasize the issue of global inequality within this debate—to UN Member States, UN Secretariat and eminent members of civil society—and to ask how the UN might achieve a greater profile in debates on global economic governance, innovative approaches, as well as how to make the G20 more accountable and responsive to social needs. One of the panelists was Mr. Anwarul K. Chowdhury, Former UN Under-Secretary-General and High Representative. (see picture)