Past Event: “Trade Union Perspectives on Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Changing World of Work” – Global Trade Union UNCSW Preparatory Meetingintern1 : December 20, 2016 10:02 am : Events, Events 2016, Highlights from New York, Uncategorized
December 6-7, 2016
Hotel Roger Smith, New York
FES New York, in conjunction with the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), Education International (EI), and Public Services International (PSI), hosted a seminar on “Trade Union Perspectives on Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Changing World of Work”. The seminar served as a Global Trade Union preparatory meeting for the 2017 United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61), which has taken up the priority theme, “Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Changing World of Work”.
The participating trade unionists worked to develop a strategy for trade union representation and labour lobbying in the UNCSW61, to ensure high-level participation of trade unions in panels and official side-events, and to develop a strategy for increased labour visibility at UNCSW61.
Past Event: World Bank-ITUC-FES Workshop on Labour Safeguards at Multinational Development Banks (MDBs)intern1 : December 20, 2016 10:02 am : Events, Events 2016, Highlights from New York, Uncategorized
November 30 – December 1, 2016
World Bank HQ, Washington D.C.
FES New York, in cooperation with the World Bank and International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), convened a workshop on labour safeguards policies at the World Bank and other Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs). Aiming to develop a cooperative approach for the implementation of labour safeguards at the World Bank and other MDBs, this workshop brought together specialists from Trade Unions, MDBs (World Bank, IFC, EBRD, ADB), and the International Labour Organization (ILO).
Against this backdrop, special emphasis was placed on the World Bank’s newly adopted labour safeguard, which establishes enforceable lending requirements for the Bank’s public sector divisions (IBRD and IDA). With the new safeguard taking effect in early 2018, the workshop highlighted the need for both the trade union movement and the ILO to be actively involved the preparations and subsequent monitoring in order to ensure that World Bank-funded activities truly comply with international labour standards.
Past Event: FES New York 2016 Fall Academy: “Using the UN’s Sustainable Development Agenda for Transformative Politics” – A Training for Young International Policy Makersintern1 : December 1, 2016 12:05 pm : Events, Events 2016, Global Economic Governance
November 14-18, 2016
Hotel Roger Smith and UNHQ, New York
At this year’s Fall Academy, young policy makers developed skills to influence the political agenda associated with the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in their respective home countries. The participants collaborated on different topics (e.g. gender equality, decent work for all, consumption, climate change) in order to share expertise and learn from one another’s experience. Based on this group work, individual policy papers were developed to help create a synergy between participants’ ongoing work for progressive political transformation and the implementation of the SDG agenda in each participant’s home country.
Past Event: “Breakfast Q&A with Professors Joseph Stiglitz and Martin Guzman on Building a Soft Law Mechanism for Sovereign Debt Restructuring”intern1 : October 25, 2016 4:49 pm : Events 2016, Global Economic Governance
By Invitation only:
UN Delegates’ Dining Room, 8:30 am – 9:45 am, October 31, 2016
As the 2016 session of the UNGA Second Committee moves to consider macroeconomic policy questions related to external debt sustainability and development, FES New York was hosting a breakfast to celebrate the launch of the new FES International Policy Analysis paper on “A Soft Law Mechanism for Sovereign Debt Restructuring” by Martin Guzman and Joseph Stiglitz. The breakfast Q&A was moderated by Eric LeCompte, Executive Director of Jubilee USA Network and was intended as a strategic discussion with its authors on how to move reform efforts forward by means of the UN Nine Principles.
Report launched 25 October 2016 | Workshop 3-4 June 2016
New York, N.Y.
We are pleased to share with you a new conference report from the June 2016 workshop organized by FES and New Rules to strengthen how we understand, assess and report on inequality and the role that the global financial makers in the IMF, World Bank, OECD, United Nations, G20, and Financial Stability Board can have on it. For this event, FES convened an academic- and policy-experts’ Reflection Group on Inequality to advise on how best to strengthen understanding and reporting on inequality. Far from merely recommending how to refine the use of best measures, literature and data, participants in the Reflection Group on Inequality focused on the ongoing need to engage more deeply with fundamental questions like, “What do we mean by inequality? Why do we care about it? What can we know about it?” They identified two main roadblocks: a lack of sufficient data to accurately assess inequality, especially international inequality, and political capture of international organizations by the richest and most powerful countries and of national governments by the richest and most powerful private actors.
The report summarizes the debate between leading academics, economic and financial policy experts, and representatives from global financial institutions and recommends a two-pronged way forward to assess the role of the institutions in combating or exacerbating inequalities.
Past Event: “Global Financial Rule-Making Bodies’ Impact on Inequality: Focus on Transmission Mechanisms”intern1 : October 25, 2016 4:27 pm : Events 2016, Global Economic Governance
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
This working seminar was a follow up to the 3-4 June 2016 workshop, “Assessing How Global Financial Institutions Impact Inequality” with authors of an upcoming “Governance and Impact on Inequality” report that will launched in April 2017.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016, 1:00 – 3:00 pm, International Peace Institute
FES New York, together with One Earth Future and the International Peace Institute co-sponsored this discussion on achieving the goals of the women, peace, and security (WPS) agenda. Based on a recent article in the Global Governance journal, the event examined the political will, resources, and integration of policy and practice required to advance.
One year on from the release of the Global Study on Resolution 1325—the landmark fifteen-year review of global progress—women’s leadership, women’s rights, and funding for gender equality are still often put on the back burner by international decision-makers, including the UN Security Council. This lagging implementation is despite the gendered nature of today’s most pressing conflicts, and despite the overwhelming evidence of the positive impact of women’s participation on peacefulness.
This World Café-style discussion was opened by the presentation of a recent Global Governance journal article, “Women, Peace, and Security: Are We There Yet?” by Gaynel Curry and Melissa Labonte (see picture). Subsequently, participants engaged in three rounds of “peace talk” discussion on progressive sets of questions.
Past Event: FES Study on Global Protests featured in Academic Discussion at The New School: “Global Inequality – Drivers, Consequences and Response”intern1 : September 16, 2016 10:29 am : Events 2016, Global Economic Governance, Uncategorized
Tuesday, September 20, 2016, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
The New School, 66 West 12th St, room 407
Growing inequality is increasingly understood as a political issue, not just an economic trend. Two leading experts, Branko Milanovic (CUNY Graduate Center) and Sara Burke (FES New York), spoke about their recent research on the dynamics that drive the rise and fall of inequality, and the protest movements that have emerged across the world.
Thursday, September 8, 2016
The Church Center for the United Nations
Following up on the UN General Assembly’s informal, interactive dialogue on the Responsibility to Protect (RtoP), FES New York, the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect (ICRtoP), and the Stanley Foundation held an event entitled “Overcoming Barriers: Civil Society Perspectives on Implementing RtoP”.
The event included prominent panelists such as Gus Miclat, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Initiatives for International Dialogue and founding Steering Committee member of the ICRtoP; Dismas Nkunda, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Atrocities Watch – Africa; and Evan Cinq-Mars, the UN Advocate and Policy Advisor for the Center for Civilians in Conflict. Esteemed peacebuilding activist, Bridget Moix, US Senior Representative for Peace Direct, moderated the event. The panelists focused on how the implementation of RtoP is translated into action at the grassroots level and on exhibiting the vital ways in which local communities and civil society members work together to protect populations from atrocities.
Past Event: “Climate Action & Sustainable Development: Implementing SDG 13 on the National and Local Level”intern1 : July 13, 2016 2:14 pm : Events, Events 2016
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Cornell University, ILR School Conference Center
One of the most pressing universal challenges we face in the newly adopted Sustainable Development Agenda is climate change. As highlighted by SDG 13, the task at hand includes, among other things, strengthening resilience and adaptive capacity, building strong, accountable institutions, mobilizing resources, and raising awareness to effectively manage, mitigate, and combat climate change and its impacts.
Against this backdrop, FES New York welcomed, as our Guest of Honor, Ms. Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter, Member of the German Parliament and Parliamentary State Secretary in the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, to a lunchtime discussion on the topic of “Climate Action & Sustainable Development: Implementing SDG 13 on the National and Local Level”. The discussion convened about 20 expert participants, including representatives from the New York City government, leading academics, activists, and UN experts. The central objective of this luncheon was to exchange innovative ideas, strategies, and best practices for sustainable climate action on the national and local level.
June 16, 2016, 9:00am – 1:00pm
Conference Room E, UNHQ
The seventieth anniversary of the United Nations made 2015 a watershed year for international efforts to renew and strengthen how the international community copes with violent conflict and state fragility. In addition to various UN initiatives, such as the High-level Independent Panel on Peace Operations, the Commission on Global Security, Justice & Governance released a comprehensive set of recommendations on how the UN, the African Union, and other partners can better contribute to conflict prevention, management, resolution, and the promotion of “just security”.
Reflecting on these and other recent developments, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) New York Office co-hosted an “Experts Dialogue on Coping with Violent Conflict & State Fragility” at the United Nations. The event brought together member states, UN officials, and civil society actors to assess the progress achieved by recent initiatives, identify gaps in the existing reform agendas, and discuss ways to enhance existing global networks and coalitions – or create new ones – to better address key aspects of violent conflict and state fragility.
June 15, 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Church Center of the United Nations, New York
While efforts to reform the UN Security Council are as old as the UN itself, today’s political challenges seem particularly insurmountable to change this most powerful UN body to be prepared for future tasks. On June 15, FES New York co-hosted a conference with UN diplomats and international experts to discuss the options and obstacles for reform within different time frames. The first segment discussed the possibilities of reforming the working methods of the Security Council by 2020. The second segment was dedicated to different long-term visions for an extended, restructured Security Council in 2050.
Past Event: “From Extractivism to Sustainable Development in Latin America – How to Make Best Use of the UN”intern1 : June 10, 2016 8:18 am : Events 2016, Global Economic Governance, Global Security Governance
June 13-14, 2016, 9:30am – 4:45pm
Hotel Roger Smith, New York
As the UN and Member States prepare for the first High-Level Political Forum and strategies for the implementation of the Agenda 2030, a responsible extraction of natural resources remains a key challenge for sustainable development in many Latin American countries. Against this backdrop, this conference is a timely opportunity for different communities of expertise and practice – inside and outside the UN – to discuss UN instruments and processes suitable for governing resource extraction. FES New York invited a group of senior experts coming from Latin America to engage in a lively and frank discussion under Chatham House Rule with representatives from UN Missions, the UN Secretariat, civil society and academia.
Past Event: “How Global Financial Institutions Impact Inequality: A Workshop to Strengthen Understanding, Assessment & Reporting”intern1 : June 4, 2016 2:42 pm : Events 2016, Global Economic Governance
June 3-4, 2016
Cornell University, ILR School Conference Center
On June 3 and 4, 2016 the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung New York Office and New Rules for Global Finance co-organized a workshop in New York City to strengthen understanding, assessment and reporting on what impact the global financial rules – and rule makers – can have on economic inequalities and the social and political inequalities that are linked to them. An academic- and policy-experts’ Reflection Group on Inequality considered best ways to measure inequality, problems with available data, and the overarching question, “Why do we care about inequality?” This was followed by presentations from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), United Nations (UN), G20 German Presidency, and the Financial Stability Board (FSB), on their current approaches to the issue. In all, the workshop brought together leading academics, economic and financial policy experts, and representatives from global financial institutions to debate how best to construct a methodological framework to understand and assess how global financial institutions impact inequality.
Past Event: “Intensifying and Expanding International Tax Cooperation to Achieve Sustainable Development”intern1 : April 21, 2016 7:00 pm : Events 2016, Global Economic Governance
April 21 2016, 3:00pm – 6:00pm
New York, UNHQ, Conference Room F
On April 21, 2016, the President of the General Assembly (PGA) was convening a High-Level Thematic Debate (HLTD) on “Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.” As the event aimed to contribute towards establishing much-needed coherence between the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, the Agenda 2030, and the Paris Climate Change Agreement, domestic resource mobilization and taxation, among others, have emerged as vital policy areas that, if sustainable development is to be achieved, require a high-degree of and commitment to international cooperation.
In this context, and in support of the HLTD, the South Centre, UNCTAD, and FES New York were convening a two-part Dialogue Room entitled “Intensifying and Expanding International Tax Cooperation to Achieve Sustainable Development.” Part I, featuring initial presentations by international tax experts, was followed by a moderated roundtable for invited discussants. There was also some open seats for those with UN passes to participate in the roundtable.
The intended outcome of the event is a wider and better informed constituency among delegations in New York, especially those from the developing countries, and civil society support for new institutional arrangements to promote the higher level of international tax cooperation needed for countries to undertake Agenda 2030 and their commitments under the Paris Agreement.
April 19,2016, 1:15 pm-2:30 pm
New York, UNHQ, Conference Room 12
Financing conditions for most developing countries were favorable for several years due to high export earnings and easy access to credit. This has changed rapidly in the past year, as commodity prices have collapsed and capital flows have dried up. Recessionary or subdued growth expectations are taking hold everywhere, not just in developing countries, reflecting deep uncertainties. The debt sustainability indicators of many countries have deteriorated fast, and outlooks are for further deterioration. The Addis Ababa Action Agenda has recommitted that the international community ensure sustainable development financing to build better institutions to prevent and manage debt crises and to improve the international financial and monetary system as a whole. Against a challenging outlook for the global economy, the pursuit of a comprehensive reform agenda in this area is becoming increasingly urgent. The UN’s Financing for Development follow up process holds promise as a venue to build consensus and advance policy proposals to address these challenges. This side-event aims to reengage the wider development community in discussion of systemic issues, including debt, which are key aspects of the holistic financing for development agenda that are particularly urgent to address in these trying times.
March 30, 2016
United Nations Conference Building, New York
As a new UN Secretary-General has to be selected this year, for the first time in history, the General Assembly (GA) will hold hearings with candidates. To discuss these and other changes in the appointment process, FES New York co-organized a debate with UN Member States and experts from academia and civil society. Among the panelists was the President of the GA Morgens Lykketoft (picture on the right).
Past Event: UNCTAD G77 Lecture Series on Development Issues: “Preparing for the Financing for Development Forum”intern1 : March 8, 2016 12:54 pm : Events, Events 2016, Global Economic Governance
March 8, 2016
ECOSOC Chamber, United Nations HQ, New York
The New York Office of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung is pleased to team up with UNCTAD to organize a series of workshops on development issues geared to the interests of G77 Member States. The Lecture Series will allow UNCTAD experts to brief Member States on complex development issues relating to financing for development, trade, sovereign debt, systemic issues and other related topics. This first event featured a discussion with Richard Kozul-Wright, Director of the Division on Globalization and Development Strategies, and Steve MacFeely, Head of the Development Statistics and Information Branch, for UNCTAD.
March 10, 2016
The Church Center for the United Nations, New York
In December 2014, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung launched a Global Reflection Group on “A monopoly for the use of force 2.0? Is there a need for new peace and security rules in the 21st century?” Before drafting its final report, the Global Reflection Group shared its preliminary findings during two sessions with UN diplomats and Secretariat officials, as well as experts from Think Tanks, Academia, and NGOs.
February 1-2, 2016
United Nations Headquarters, New York
On the occasion of the 54th session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD), FES New York co-organized a two-day forum for civil society representatives that aimed to prepare civil society participants to meaningfully engage with the Commission through a better understanding of its work regarding the 2030 Agenda. The Civil Society Forum’s topic this year centered on inequalities and the 2030 Agenda and contributed to the main theme of the CSocD54: “Rethinking and strengthening social development in the contemporary world”.
The Civil Society Forum brought together a diverse group of activists from around the world, as well as experts from academia and the United Nations System for a dynamic conversation about experiences, and a fruitful exchange of advice on ways forward. Among many others, speakers included Michael Cichon, Professor of Social Protection at the United Nations University (UNU MERIT); Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, Professor at the New School; Maryann Broxton, Activist with International Movement ATD Fourth World, and Beulah Walker, Activist with the Detroit Water Brigade.
Past Event: “Can Elected Members Make a Difference in the UN Security Council? Australia’s Experience in 2013-2014”intern1 : February 1, 2016 12:26 pm : Events 2016, Global Security Governance, Uncategorized
January 22, 2016
Permanent Mission of Australia to the United Nations
The power balance between permanent and elected members of the UN Security Council continues to be a divisive issue. To bring various viewpoints together, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung office in New York, in cooperation with the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS), and the One Earth Future Foundation organized a debate on the possibilities for non-permanent members of the Security Council to influence the Council’s policies. The event, hosted by the Permanent Mission of Australia to the UN, kicked off with a presentation by John Langmore on Australia’s experience as an elected member to the Security Council in 2013-2014. In the following, representatives from member states, civil society, and academia exchanged their ideas on the topic.