5 November 2015 at FES Berlin
The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung’s Human Rights Award 2015 recognizes Ilan Sadeh’s and Hasan Atamna’s long-standing and persistent commitment to peace-building between and peaceful coexistence of Jews and Arabs in Israel on behalf of the seven mayors taking part in the Shared Communities initiative. The award winners work tirelessly for an accommodation of Jewish and Arab interests and for an inclusive civil society commonly shaped by Arabs and Jews. They advocate for equally respecting the civil and human rights of both groups. In Israeli society, rent by conflicts as it is, this is not to be taken for granted. Thus, it merits our utmost recognition and respect.
In Israel, participation in social cooperation projects requires courage, as there is a strong tendency in both parts of society to reject cooperation, integration and confidence-building measures. Distrust, animosities and silent or open opposition to participation in the Shared Communities Initiative are part and parcel of Ilan Sadeh’s and Hassan At-amneh’s everyday work. They nevertheless decide day-in day-out to carry on along the path they have chosen, thereby helping to bring about a better future.
The award ceremony will take place on 5 November, 2016, 16:30 h, at Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Hiroshimastr. 17, 10785 Berlin.
The laudation will be held by Reinhold Robbe, Director of DIG e.V..
Further information on the program is available in theflyer.
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Fourth international conference on security policy in a period of global upheaval,10-11 September 2015 at FES Berlin
The FES holds its central foreign and security policy conference, the Tiergarten Conference, on September 10th and 11th, 2015. Renowned international experts will discuss »Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-Proliferation in a Period of Global Upheaval« during a two-day expert workshop and a public panel discussion in the evening of September 10th.
Global arms control and non-proliferation are in crisis. Disarmament and conversion have stalled and countries are rearming. The escalation of armed conflicts, such as those in Syria or Central Africa and, not least, the outbreak of the Ukraine crisis, are painful reminders of the need to step up disarmament and arms control efforts and agreements on the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and of conventional weapons.
Traditional approaches to cooperative arms control and existing instruments of non-proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons are no longer effective. New impulses towards disarmament and arms control are needed in the multi-polar world of the twenty-first century. The rise of China and the ambitions of old/new powers such as Brazil, India or Iran have changed the balance of power in the global security architecture.
The conference focusses on how to establish a new multilateral architecture for arms control and joint security, that is capable of mitigating the current global arms race. Furthermore, we will discuss potential solutions to new arms control challenges, such as the automation of weapons systems or the digitalisation of warfare.
For the complete program of the public panel discussion on 10 Sept., please see the leaflet.
Further information is available at the conference website.
Discussion and Reception on occassion of the IAFFE Annual Conference, 15.+16.7 at FES Berlin
During the International Association for Feminist Economics (IAFFE) Annual Conference, the FES hosted two high-ranking events.
A panel discussion on »Caring Democracy« took place on 15. July at 17:30 h. Leading feminist political scientist Joan Tronto introduced this concept and summarized why care should be at the core of democratic political life. Experts from different regions commented on her theses, including Soledad Salvador of the Interdisciplinary Center for Development Studies Uruguay and Yumiko Yamamato of the United Nations Development Program Asien-Pazifik.
During a reception on 16. July, the German Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, Andrea Nahles explained how solid social and labour policies can enhance gender justice - especially in times of crisis. Michael Sommer, Vice-Chairman of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, opened the event.
A summary of the panel discussion and Joan Tronto's speech by Lara Laila Gärber is available here.
Panel Discussion 17 June 2015, 18-20.30 h at FES Berlin
On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, the United Nations Association of Germany (DGVN) and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) hosted a public panel discussion with internationational speakers on 17 June in Berlin, including Angela Kane, UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs.
The event leaflet incl. the program is available here
- Event in cooperation with DGVN -
Expert Conference, 23. and 24. October 2014 at FES Berlin
Many women in Europe are only able to reconcile their carreers and their families with the support - or through the exploitation - of migrant women living and working under precarious conditions. The increasing demand for care work, the lack of public care services and of gender-sensitive social and labour policies are leading women to assume unpaid care work or to emigrate for paid care work. Destination countries may postpone the provision of egalitarian systems of public childcare and fill the gaps through migrant care workers.
These and further challenges posed by Global Care Chains were at the heart of the FES Gender Team's two-day expert conference on 23. and 24 October. Participants from Chile, the Philipines, South Africa, Uruguay, Israel, Bolivia, Hong Kong, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Poland, South Korea and Germany developed recommendations on how to tackle the global care crisis.
Mechthild Rawert, Member of the German Bundestag, summarizes the participants' positions in her report: Weltmarkt Pflege: Globale Versorgungs- und Pflegeketten.
The confernce program is available here: Program.
Conference and Panel Discussion, 6.10.2014 at FES Berlin
In the public discourse, Germany's international responsibility is increasingly associated with armed humanitarian operations or with arms supply. An approach based on the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) is rarely discussed. Germany will face it's international responsibilities especially if it will be elected for the presidency of the UN Human Rights Council in January 2015. The expectations that might arise from this presidency were at the heart of the public panel discussion on October 6th, as well as the question how a future cooperation between Human Rights Council and Security Council might look like.
Audio Podcasts (in German)
The expert conference on 6/7 October dealt with on the challenges of the next presidency of the UN Human Rights Council. Germany is among the candidates up for election in 2015. Read the programme of the expert conferencehere.
- A cooperation between FES, German Institute for Human Rights and Forum Menschenrechte -
Second International Debate over the Post-2015 Agenda, 27 May 2014 in Berlin
An end to the global gender divide was one key objective set out in the Millennium Development Goals. It is apparent that this can no longer be attained, however. Women and girls still possess less power than men throughout the world, they are underrepresented in many areas – in education, decision-making positions in politics and business and on the labour market. Why is the record so bad and what needs to be done for the new development agenda to improve the situation of women and girls throughout the world?
The event report highlights our discussions on political and economic empowerment of women in the post-2015 agenda, on opportunities and barriers to a decent work-approach from an Asian perspective, on securing the livelihood of women, and on care and sustainability. Furthermore, it summarizes the input by Elke Ferner, Bundestag delegate for the SPD and State Secretary in the Federal Ministry for Family, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, on equality policy in Germany and on the 58th meeting of the UN Women’s Rights Commission that took place in New York in March 2014.
- Event in cooperation with Marie-Schlei-Verein e.V. -
FriEnt Peacebuilding Forum 2014, 7.-8.5.2014 in Berlin
More than 150 German and international participants of the Forum discussed the challenges peacebuilders face in an increasingly complex world. Among the most important topics were how peacebuilding activities can come to terms with increasingly complex constellations of conflicts and actors, if today's international processes such as the Post-2015 agenda and the New Deal For Engagement in Fragile States open up new perspectives for peacebuilding, what role civil society peacebuilding initiatives can play, and which role Germany should play to do justice to it's »new external responsibility«.
Comments on central topics of the Forum are available at the Peacebuilding Forum Blog, including the article »Security Governance – Still a Touchy Issue For Peacebuilders?« by Marius-Müller Hennig, FES.
Photos are available at the gallery.
- Event in cooperation with FriEnt -
23-24 January 2014 at Umspannwerk Kreuzberg, Berlin
The Berlin Sessions gathered European NGOs for an exchange on the concepts, the challenges, and the practice of humanitarian disarmament. Representatives from Oxfam, Human Rights Watch, Handicap International, Norwegian People’s Aid, UNDP, Article 36, IKV Pax Christi and more shared their experiences and alternative approaches to the subject.
The conference was spread over two days and was organized by ican - International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons in partnership with Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Article 36 and Pax Christi.
A special evening event took place on the first day and included an interview with world renowned author Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation, Command and Control) and a concert by the renowned Berlin-based contemporary composer Burak Özdemir and his ensemble Musica Sequenza.
The detailed program is available at:
The invitiation to the evening event on 23 Jan is available at:
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- Event in cooperation with ican, Article 36 and Pax Christi -
International Conference on Dezember 17, 2013 from 9:30 h in Berlin
On the 18th of December 2013 Willy Brandt would have celebrated his 100th birthday. On this occasion, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and the Federal Chancellor Willy Brandt Foundation hosted a conference looking into his accomplishments, especially during the time following the end of his chancellorship.
A photo gallery is available here.
Further information is available in the program.
- In cooperation with the Federal Chancellor Willy Brandt Foundation -
International Expert Seminar, 4 December 2013 in Berlin
This one-day seminar addressed the shifting sands of multilateral governance and considered the role of European nations in this changing environment in looking at the current IMF quota reform process and how the challenges associated with it are symptomatic of the deep-seated changes occurring in the global economy. The global economic dynamic in the wake of the financial crisis has brought to the fore challenges to the multilateral system, in particular vis-à-vis global economic governance and the international financial architecture. We intended to shed light on how the underlying changes in the economic and political reality, which the multilateral system was designed to manage as well as to reflect, require new thinking and approaches from European nations and represent new opportunities for all states, both emerging and developed.
Further information is available in theprogram.
- Event in cooperation with Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik, Bretton Woods Project und the G24 Secretariat -
Final International Workshop, 27 to 28 November 2013 at FES Berlin
While the state plays a central role in the implementation of Social Protection Floors (SPF), the question remains how civil society actors can be involved in order to assure the fulfillment of the principles set out by the ILO-recommendation. In three regional workshops, one held in Cambodia, one in Morocco and one in Argentina, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in cooperation with the ILO brought together civil society actors and representatives from trade unions in order to define and discuss their roles within SPF processes. The outcomes of these workshops are a list of elements, ideas and recommendations for a future roadmap for civil society actors in supporting and implementing social protection floors in their countries.
The conference report including an outline of the Roadmap can be downloaded here: FES_Workshop_Report-A_Civil_Society_Roadmap_to_Social_Protection.pdf
Further information on the workshop is available in the program: FES-Social_Protection_Floor-Program20131127-28.pdf
Another conference report is available at Deutsche Welle in Arabic: www.dw.de
- Event in cooperation with the International Labour Organization -
11.-22. November 2013 in Warsaw, Poland
The FES accompanied the negotiations about a new UN-Climate Change Convention in Warsaw with an Offsite-Event in the premises of the FES Warsaw office, during which the newly released study »Sustainable Russia« was presented.
Additionally, the FES was represented at COP 19 by a group of young Brazilian journalists and other youth groups from Argentina, Columbia and Italy monitoring the events and on a daily basis publishing articles, pictures, videos and podcasts at Youth Press Agency, Viração Educomunicação NGO and FES Sustainability.
Expert Discussion, 7 November from 14:00 h at FES Berlin
Representatives from Women’s and Civil Society Organisations as well as from trade unions and international Organisation will discuss about the Gender-Dimension of the Post-2015 Development Framework.
The event report is available here: PDF
The complete program is available here: PDF
- Event in cooperation with Marie-Schlei-Verein e.V. -
Award Ceremony on Oct. 28st, 2013
This year the Human Rights Award of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung pays tribute to the particular merits of the Center for Democracy and Reconciliation in Southeast Europe (CDRSEE).
The award ceremony took place on October 28st, 2013, 16:00 h, at Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Hiroshimastr. 17, 10785 Berlin. The laudation was held by Martin Schulz, MEP, President of the European Parliament.
International Conference at the World Day of Decent Work, 7.10.2013 at FES Berlin
For the 6th time already, the International Trade Union Confederation is mobilizing its members to commemorate the World Day of Decent Work on October, 7th.
It is within this context that the Confederation of German Trade Unions (DGB) and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) jointly organize an international conference on minimum wage. The conference aims to discuss in which ways different models of minimum wage have contributed to stabilize domestic consumption in times of crisis, to curtail the low-wage sector and to reduce poverty. Practical examples from around the world are expected to increase the understanding of the impact as well as methods of adjusting the level of minimum wages.
The radio feature »Debatte über Mindestlöhne« by Deutschlandradio is available at: www.dradio.de/dlf/sendungen/wirtschaftundgesellschaft/2278161
The interview »Mindestlöhne sind der richtige Weg« by Deutschen Welle with Gilbert Houngbo, Vize-President of the International Labour Organization, is available at: www.dw.de/houngbo-mindestl%C3%B6hne-sind-der-richtige-weg/a-17143567
The video feature »Mindestlohn hilft - allen und überall« is available at: youtu.be/ug9CkygtTZE
For further information and to register for the event, please go to:www.dgb.de/extra/wddw2013.
- Event in cooperation with the DGB -
Which role can Germany play within a changing world order? Which are the options of action with regard to foreign policy? Within which alliances will future policy goals need to be obtained? And which factors are obligatory for a progressive and modern foreign policy?
This year's Workers Youth Festival took place in Dortmund from 9-12 May 2013. Our colleagues take part and keep you updated on the events and their impressions in the FES Sustainability Blog.
International Conference in Berlin, 28.02.-01.03.2013
Organized crime threatens democracy and security. During a two-day conference, experts from all over the world discussed counter-policies and -measures. A particular emphasis was put on new approaches to drug policy and the fight against money laundering as cornerstones for a strategy against organized crime.
International Conference in Berlin, 12 Feb 2013
The conference focussed on bringing together the principles of Care and Green Economy to promote an ecological-sustainable and socially just economic model.
A podcast summarizing the discussion is available in the German multimedia section.
- Event in cooperation with genanet -
International Conference in Shanghai, 21-22 January 2013
With a joint conference, the FES Shanghai Office and the Shanghai Institute for International Studies (SIIS) seeked to shed some light on the current situation in Europe, provide a deeper understanding of the dynamics of the Euro debt crisis and discuss the implications of different scenarios into which the crisis might develop.
12 December 2012 at FES Berlin
A report by Urs Schrade and Christian Stock on the first joint Peacekeeping Research Workshop of FES, ZIF and DGVN is available at www.dgvn.de. (English Version starts at p. 17)
- in cooperation with DGVN -
26-29 Nov 2012 in Berlin
At the end of November in Berlin, the second international week of justice was looking for ways to create just and good societies independent from the dictates of the markets and global competition.
Detailed information on all events is available at: fes.de/timeforjustice
on 6 Nov 2012 in Berlin
From 26 November to 7 December 2012, the 18. World Climate Conference takes place in Doha, Qatar. If it fails, confidence in international climate policy will further decline. Together with Brot für die Welt and Germanwatch, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung invites everyone to discuss challenges ahead and especially the developing countries' expectations.
As panelists, Dr. Bärbel Kofler, Member of the German Bundestag, Adao Soares Barbosa, LDC-chief negotiator for “Loss & Damage“ (East Timor), Wael Hmaidan, International Director of the Climate Action Network (Lebanon) and Nazmul Haque, Director of Practical Action (Bangladesh) will discuss with Thomas Hirsch, Representative of Brot für die Welt for development policy.The complete programme is available here: Climate Protection in a Wasteland
- Event in cooperation with Brot für die Welt and Germanwatch and supported by the European Commission -
25/26 Oct 2012 at FES Berlin
Participants from civil society, science and politics discussed a peacebuilding and conflict transformation strategy for Germany during the international expert conference.
Publication on the subject by Katy Crossley-Frolick: German Conflict Prevention Policy - Between Modest Ambitions and Limited Resources (2012)
Report by the UN Secretary General: Peacebuilding in the Aftermath of Conflict
Papers by conference participants:
A. Ernstofer: Country Case Study Kyrgyzstan
L. Rezende: Perspective from Brazil
A. Weber: Sudan and Somalia
A. Wittkowsky: Post Conflict Interim Administration - The Case of Kosovo
on 7 Oct 2012 in Berlin
At the World Day for Decent Work, the FES and The Confederation of German Trade Unions (DGB) conducted a conference on attacks on human and trade unions' rights.
A German News Report is available atTagesschau.de (starting at min 4:48).
Further information and the program are available at: www.dgb.de/wddw
There, you can also download a conference reader with information on discussion fora and expert participants.
- Event in cooperation with The Confederation of German Trade Unions -
With a public discussion and an expert conference, FES and ILO want to pick up the political momentum which arises from the adoption of the autonomous Recommendation. Among others, Isabel Ortiz, Associate Director Policy and Strategy, UNICEF, Michael Sommer, President, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and Annette Niederfranke, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, will discuss the challenges of implementing SPFs. Conny Czymoch, Phoenix, moderates the discussion.Further information is available at the im discussion's leaflet and in the conference programm.
Expert Conference and Public Panel Discussion on 13 Sept 2012 in Berlin
The first Tiergarten Conference assess the significance of the supposed shift of US security policy for global peace and security governance.
During the public panel discussion, the issue will be discussed with particular regard to consequences for German and European Foreign and Security Policy by Julianne Smith, Deputy National Security Advisor to US Vice President Joseph Biden, Prof. Jin Canrong, School of International Studies, Renmin University Beijing, Dr. Kurt M. Campbell [invited], Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Dr. Gernot Erler, Former Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, Deputy Head of SPD Parliamentary Faction and Hon. Kevin Rudd, Member of Parliament, Australia.
Summary of the event by Niels Annen and Marius Müller-Hennig: Conference Report
Comment by the facilitator Judy Dempsey, New York Times Senior Correspondent for Europe: »The Other China«
Report by Julian Junk: Pazifik anstatt Atlantik? Zur asiatisch-pazifischen Ergänzung der US Sicherheitspolitik
Interview with Kevin Rudd on Climate Policy: Video im FES-Youtube-Kanal
Pictures of the event can be found in the photo gallery.
For the complete program of the public event, please see the leaflet.
Further information on the expert conference is available at www.tiergarten-conference.org.
Panel Discussion on 12 Sept 2012 at Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Berlin
On the occasion of the release of the UNCTAD Trade and Development Report 2012, we will ask if, how and with what kind of reforms economic progress and a reduction of inequality can be positively linked.
After a short presentation of the report by Dr. Detlef Kotte, head of the UNCTAD project team, the issues will be discussed by Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul, MP, former Federal Minister, Prof. Dr. Gustav A. Horn, scientific director of Hans Böckler Foundation's Macroeconomic Policy Institute, and Rainer Falk, freelance author and publisher of World Economy and Development in brief.
For details of the program, please see the leaflet.
Pictures of the event can be found in the photo gallery.
- Event in cooperation with the United Nations Association of Germany -
Panel Discussion at Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Berlin
Frank-Walter Steinmeier, chairman of the SPD's parliamentary group in the Bundestag and Andreas Fischer-Lescano, professor of public law at Bremen University, discussed how to effectively advocate for transnational social rights, that are just beginning to be codified.
A German podcast summarizes the event:
You can also download the audio file.
For pictures of the event, please see the photo gallery.
For the complete program, please see the leaflet.
The UNSC’s Limits and Scopes of Action
Expert conference and public panel discussion about the UN Security Council's human rights record on 6June 2012 at the German Institute for Human Rights and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Berlin.
English interviews with UNSC observers are available in the multimedia section.
Final report by Marius Müller-Hennig and Peter Litschke: "The Role of the UN Security Council in Protecting Human Rights: Prospects and Challanges"
Event Report on the website of the German Institute for Human Rights.
- in cooperation with the German Institute for Human Rights -
In the run-up to Rio+20
The panel Discussion about new development models and the upcoming Rio+20 summit took place on 5 June 2012 in Berlin.
Video interviews and a German audio feature summarizing the discussion and the main statements is available here.
The event report by Judith Althaus can be found at the Fortschrittsforum.
The event's program is available here
A picture gallery of the public panel discussion is available here.
Video interviews with Hauwa Mustapha, Vandana Shiva and Chico Whitaker will be published here shortly.
- Event in cooperation with Oxfam Germany -
Workshop during McPlanet.com, 21 April 2012
The TU Berlin hosted the McPlanet.com Congress to provide an international platform to debate globalization, sustainability and global justice.
Award Ceremony and panel discussion on 19 September 2011
The laudation was held by Dr. Joachim Gauck; for the late Khaled Said, his sister Zahraa accepted the award and took part in the discussion.
Expert conference and public panel discussion on 7 July 2011
On July 7, 2011, international experts debated in three panels (one of them public) about the progress of the New Horizon initiative, launched by DPKO and DFS in 2009.
Public Panel Discussion and expert conference on 24-25 February 2011
Highlight of the public event on the 24th honouring the 25th anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Right to Development was the keynote address of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Madame Navanethem Pillay.
Series of workshops at the WSF in Dakar during 6-11 February 2011
FES activities in Dakar provided a platform for dialogue between representatives from trade unions, NGOs, and other organizations and members of civil society taking part in the WSF.
Public Panel Discussion on 3 February 2011 at the TU Berlin
Bringing the garment industry into focus clearly showed potentials and limits of CSR. On the occasion of the 2nd Sukuma Millennium Award we discussed labour standards in the garment industry with experts from Asia and Germany.
Public Panel Discussion on 16 Dezember 2010 in Berlin
On December 16, Angelika Spelten, Dr. Hans-Georg Ehrhart and Edelgard Bulmahn MoP discussed The Future of German and European Peace Policy.together with Andreas Zumach, taz. The podcast we produced in this context summarizes the most important statements with additional information on the recent developments in German - and European - Peace Policy.
On December 2nd, 2010, the FES honoured Marcelina Bautista Bautista from Mexico, General Secretary of the Confederation of Domestic Workers in Latin America and the Caribbean and director of the advisory centre for domestic workers in Mexico (CACEH) for her outstanding work.
Public discussion on 10 November 2010 at ver.di in Berlin
Part of a series of events throughout Germany using the example of Bangladesh to give an insight into the appalling working conditions of the global textile industry.
Public discussion on 10 November 2010 in Berlin. The discussion was part of the series SOCIAL - GLOBAL - JUST by FES and inforadio and was recorded and broadcast within the weekly "Forum"programme of rbb inforadio.
Lectures and public discussion on 27 October 2010 in Berlin
International Conference, October 14/15 , 2010 in Berlin
Public Panel Discussion, September 16, 2010 in Berlin
The discussion was part of the series SOCIAL - GLOBAL - JUST by FES and inforadio and was recorded and broadcast within the weekly "Forum"programme of rbb inforadio.
Public Panel Discussion, September 15, 2010 in Bonn
Kick-off session: Public discussion on July 7, 2010 in Berlin
The discussion was the first part of the series SOCIAL - GLOBAL - JUST by FES and inforadio and was recorded and broadcast within the weekly "Forum"programme of rbb inforadio.
Go to "Forum" website of rbb inforadio.
Panel Discussion, March 16, 2010 in Berlin
in Cooperation with the United Nations Assiciation of Germany (DGVN)
Panel Discussion and Ceremonial Act, December 10, 2009 in Berlin
International Symposium, November 2, 2009 in Berlin with scientists and practitioners from Afghanistan, Iraq, Kenya, Ivory Coast and Bangladesh
Conference & Public Panel Discussion, October 19/20, 2009 in Berlin
International Conference, June 17, 2009 in Berlin
Conference, April 22, 2009 in Berlin
Luncheon with Prof. Griffith-Jones, March 26, 2009
Workshop on February 2, 2009 in Bonn
Workshop, January 31, 2009 at the World Social Forum in Belém, Brasil
Luncheon with Manuel Montes, UN FfD Office, December 4, 2008 in Berlin
Scenario presentation and discussion with Ricardo Berzoini and Jacob Zuma, April 21, 2008 in Berlin