The attacks of September 11, 2001 and its aftermath have demonstrated the limits of an unilateral quest for security.
Non-traditional threats to security, such as those caused by environmental degradation and non-state actors are on the rise and have challenged traditional concepts of national security. And although there are many actors on the subnational, national, and regional level, a global system to address the various threats to and needs for security is more important than ever. Regional and subregional organizations notwithstanding, as the world’s most universal and legitimate entity to judge and enforce security, the UN remains a key tenet of the global peace and security architecture.
Against this backdrop, FES New York wants to strengthen the UN’s role in global security governance when dealing with particular issues, such as the disarmament and non-proliferation of nuclear weapons; the illicit trade of conventional weapons; peacekeeping operations; post conflict peace building and reconstruction.
by Ken Conca, Joe Thwaites and Goueun Lee
The UN Security Council is increasingly under pressure to address climate change as a threat to international peace and security. Yet disagreements about the Council’s mandate as well as its current mode of operation render the body ill-suited for tackling climate change-related challenges. This publication discusses whether action on climate change could trigger transformation of the Council into an organ better suited for the world’s 21st century challenges in general. Reform proposals include forward-looking initiatives supported by affected states, as well as coordinated symbolic gestures from the Permanent Five Security Council Members.
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Past Event: “UN-Civil Society Cooperation: Strengthening Accountability and Prevention under the Responsibility to Protect”intern1 : September 12, 2017 3:40 pm : Events, Events 2017, Global Security Governance, Highlights from New York, Topics
Thursday, 7 September, 2017, 9:30am – 11:30am
The Church Center for the United Nations, 2nd Floor
On the occasion of the ninth annual informal, interactive dialogue on the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) of the General Assembly, FES New York in cooperation with the Stanley Foundation and the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect (ICRtoP) co-hosted this civil society discussion on R2P and the prevention of atrocity crimes. This event allowed civil society actors to exchange views and information with Ivan Simonovic, Assistant Secretary-General and Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on the Responsibility to Protect (picture) and provided the opportunity to hear diverse viewpoints, to connect and reflect on potential areas of cooperation and to explore how existing initiatives and programs can complement one another in the future.
Recent Event: “Protecting Rights, Remediating the Environment: Addressing the Harm from Nuclear Weapons”intern1 : June 15, 2017 5:52 pm : Events, Global Security Governance, Highlights from New York, Publications on Global Security Governance
Wednesday, June 21, 1:15 pm – 2:45 pm
United Nations HQ – New York Conference Room B
This panel discussion was a side event during the negotiating conference on a nuclear weapons ban treaty. Discussants assessed the positive obligations in the first draft of the treaty, suggested ways to improve them, and highlighted why such revisions would be particularly important to the prohibition treaty. By promoting the inclusion of strong positive obligations in the new legal instrument prohibiting nuclear weapons, this event helped ensure that the treaty not only builds on previous humanitarian disarmament treaties but it also contributes to the SDGs and the 2030 Agenda.
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Tuesday, April 11, 2017, New York
FES New York co-hosted a panel discussion and an expert-level workshop on the final report of the “The New Geopolitics of Peace Operations II” initiative, which was conducted by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) in partnership with FES and the Foreign Ministries of Finland and the Netherlands. Findings of the initiative, and particularly the pathways to improve future collaboration between African and external actors, especially the UN, were discussed with representatives from UN Member States and the New York peace operations experts community.
Thursday, March 16, 2017
UNHQ, New York
As recent geopolitical shifts continue to stress-test the existing regional and global nuclear orders, more than 100 UN Member States will gather in March 2017 to begin negotiating a nuclear weapons ban treaty.
In the run-up to these negotiations, FES New York and partners have brought timely insights and analyses from expert speakers about global nuclear policy challenges as well as an update on US policy debates from Washington to the UN. It has been an exchange of ideas among those who embrace the upcoming negotiations as a global effort to delegitimize nuclear weapons and others who see such talks as a distraction from the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.
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.
New Publication – FES Perspective “Rights and Environmental Protection Following Paris and the SDGs: Towards a Stronger Role for the United Nations” by Ken Concaintern1 : September 30, 2016 11:26 am : Global Economic Governance, Global Security Governance, Publications on Global Economic Governance, Publications on Global Security Governance, Uncategorized
FES New York – Perspective, September 2016
The author Ken Conca argues that the UN’s current approach to protect the environment has run up against the structural limitations of an increasingly globalized economy. Yet successful implementation of the Paris Climate Accord and the Sustainable Development Goals will require making human rights visible again and recognizing people as rights holders, not just stakeholders. Conca recommends that policy initiatives take into account extra-territorial impacts on local communities in other countries, especially those who are most vulnerable. Moreover, the UN’s rights machinery should be deployed to protect the rights and safety of environmental defenders who challenge governments and transnational economic agents.
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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.
Publication: “How to Achieve Sustainable Peace: The Radical Potential of Implementing UN Sustainable Development Goal 16″intern1 : July 6, 2016 10:26 am : Global Economic Governance, Global Security Governance, Publications on Global Economic Governance, Publications on Global Security Governance
FES Perspective, June 2016
The UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16 promotes peaceful and inclusive societies and endorses accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels. This Perspective offers ideas on a roadmap for implementing SDG 16 that will be relevant for this year’s UN’s High-Level Political Forum. In line with the topic for the upcoming UN discussions to leave no one behind, the author suggests focusing on the poorest and most conflict-affected countries, such as the g7+ and other least developed countries. The UN, according to the author, can support government-to-government and society-to-society collaboration, convene global partnerships and identify norm and implementation entrepreneurs.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Sara Burke (Ed.)
FES New York – Study, July 2015
In recent years, the world has been shaken by protests demanding real democracy and justice for socioeconomic grievances. This interdisciplinary report explores how governments and institutions of global governance can better respond to contentious politics and protests. Are they expressions of aspirations, grievances and demands? Or are they conflicts to be managed and subdued? From the point of view of government and governance, protests disrupt smooth governance, requiring management by experts in conflict resolution. From the point of view of protest movements and social justice campaigns, the performance of contentious acts must be carried out by people themselves – non-experts – acting directly on their own behalf and for the transformation of their economies and societies. This state of play is a zero sum game. To go beyond it, governments need to listen to protests. Even riots should be seen first as expressions of injustice and demands for its reversal rather than as conflicts to be put down.
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.
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.
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.
Calls for real democracy are the greatest singular demand of protests around the world. Calls for economic justice—like good jobs, better labor conditions, progressive taxing and spending on social services, tackling inequality, and affordable food, water, housing, healthcare and education—represent a cluster of the most widely held grievances worldwide. As more people around the world express their grievances and aspirations in the streets, activists motivated by local struggles are scaling up local issues for global debates. This “fishbowl” dialog facilitated by Nermeen Shaikh, Producer and Weekly Co-Host of Democracy Now!, brought together activists from around the world to talk about how to better link struggles for social justice and what role the media can play.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rob Jenkins and Emma Mawdsley
FES International Policy Analysis, August 2013
Democratic Emerging Powers (DEPs) such as Brazil, India, and South Africa, aspire for a more prominent role in global politics. This publication analyzes the hitherto neglected role of DEPs in the international human rights system, based on their involvement in the UN Human Rights Council, the UN Security Council, and the international development machinery. DEP’s have to straddle domestic political pressures, ongoing support for developing countries’ conceptions of state sovereignty, and the protection of national interests from potentially intrusive monitoring regimes. The authors conclude that DEP governments have prioritized pragmatism over principle. Consequently, similar to the established Western democratic powers, DEPs have turned into inconsistent advocates for democracy and human rights on the international stage.
FES Perspective, August 2013
In May 2013, some 20 UN member states launched a new initiative to improve the working methods of the UN Security Council. Dubbed “ACT”, the initiative aims for greater accountability, coherence, and transparency in the Council’s activities. This publication gauges this effort against the backdrop of previous stalled attempts to reform either working methods or the composition of the Council. It concludes that ACT’s modest and seemingly technical proposals cut to the highly-political core issues of who controls representation of member states interests and who controls the reform agenda at the UN.
FES Perspective, April 2013
After more than one decade of preparations and negotiations, the UN General Assembly adopted the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) in April 2013. The ATT sets important precedents for working towards the goals of prohibiting arms transfers to countries where there is serious risk of violations of human rights and humanitarian law and where arms could potentially thwart peace and security. In addition, the adopted treaty underlines the significance of greater transparency and accountability in global arms trade. However, this publication highlights various shortcomings and loopholes of the ATT. Despite the potential the treaty bears, it remains rather symbolic and normative in meaning. The treaty does not reflect what the majority of states had originally called for, but is, through a consensus-driven process, confined to agreements on the lowest common denominator. More importantly, the adoption of the treaty is not a victory in-and-of-itself, but merely the first step in a long process ranging from ratification, effective work of the Conference of States Parties, to robust implementation. The author emphasizes the importance of securing the rapid entry into force of the ATT and of safeguarding the participation of the largest arms-trading nations. Otherwise, the ATT will stay a rather imperfect treaty failing to counteract the severe consequences of illicit and unregulated arms trade.
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.
Enrico Carisch and Loraine Rickard-Martin
International Policy Analysis, January 2013
At critical times in the past, the UN Security Council has designed various kinds of sanctions to curtail conflicts involving natural resources. The dearth of consequences for violations of these UN sanctions however indicates a continued lack of global leadership on natural resources. As many resource-rich countries in Africa are replacing industrialized nations as their most important trading partners, they increasingly bypass the evolving framework of Western norms and standards. This publication analyzes the new threats to international peace and security and emphasizes the need for a coordinated response of the industrialized West and the resource-rich South.
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.
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.