Shaping a Just World

  • 26.11.2019 | International Community and Civil Society | Veranstaltung | News | Videobeitrag

    The space that holds us safe

    The FES is excited to be part of the Global Social Protection Week of the ILO, taking place in Geneva this week.


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  • | International Community and Civil Society | Newsslider

    Mind the representation gap

    In Latin America, most citizens don't feel represented by the political class. Article by Svenja Blanke and Valeska Hesse on ips-journal.


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  • Prof. Kappel und Prof. Reisen | Global Economy and Corporate Responsibility | Wirtschaft | Publikation | News

    Study "G20 Compact with Africa: The Audacity of Hope"

    In a new FES study Robert Kappel und Helmut Reisen analyse the impact of the CwA and give policy recommendations.


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  • | Global Economy and Corporate Responsibility | Publikation | Newsslider

    Taxes, taxes, taxes

    Developing countries need to unite their efforts now to prevent an unfair international tax reform, says José Antonio Ocampo on ips-journal.


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  • Topics
    Peace and Security
    More than the Absence of Violence

    Peace and Security

    Peaceful conflict resolution, democratic security sector reform, disarmament around the world – this is what we work towards with our peace and security projects at the United Nations, on the regional and on the national level. more

    Climate Change, Energy and Environment
    Combining Social and Ecological Responsibility

    Climate Change, Energy and Environment

    In order to counteract climate change, the ecological and the social question must be linked and answered together. We are building bridges between the ecological movement, policy-makers and trade unions and working to promote a socio-ecological transition. more

    Global Economy and Corporate Responsibility
    Focusing on the Common Good

    Global Economy and Corporate Responsibility

    By focusing on people and the common good, international economy, trade and tax policies can contribute to making the world just. At the same time, companies and investors causing human suffering or environmental damage need to be held accountable. more

    International Community and Civil Society
    Changing the World Together

    International Community and Civil Society

    Global problems need to be solved together. We need strong and capable international institutions to develop fair and binding rules for all. Most importantly, civil society, trade unions, poorer and wealthier states all need to have an equal say at the negotiating table! more

Publications

Safonov, George

Social consequences of climate change

Building climate friendly and resilient communities via transition from planned to market economies
Berlin, 2019

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Milačić, Filip

The challenges of national identity politics in Western Europe

Learning from the Montenegrin Example
Belgrade, 2019

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Schliemann, Christian; Bryk, Linde

Arms trade and corporate responsibility

Liability, litigation and legislative reform
Berlin, 2019

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From international ivory towers to national realities

The challenge of creating national social dialogues for social protection floors
Berlin, 2019

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Al-Asad, Mohammad; Zureikat, Lara

Urban agriculture in Amman

A holistic view
Amman, 2019

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Energy & climate in the MENA region

Youth perspective to a sustainable future ; A youth perspective position paper
Amman, 2019

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Shaping a Just World – Implementing the 2030 Agenda

In September 2015, the United Nations adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This global plan of action combines human development and the fight against poverty with ecological transformation, sustainable economic development, peace, and international cooperation. The 2030 Agenda's adoption is a historic event.

The 2030 Agenda's 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) offer a guideline for a just set of policies that take the welfare of all humans into account – on the national and international level, in the Global South and Global North. The Goals outlined in the 2030 Agenda are closely linked. If, for instance, the international community manages to drastically reduce inequality but does not implement ambitious measures to mitigate the effects of climate change, then future generations' life and development chances remain under threat. For this reason, as a progressive political foundation, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) is committed to realizing the 2030 Agenda's goals in a socially just and comprehensive way – worldwide.

With our work on the subjects of Peace and Security; Climate Change, Energy and Environment; Global Economy and Corporate Responsibility; and International Community and Global Forums, we want to promote the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

Peace and Security

Our commitment to Peace and Security is based on the conviction that democratic institutions and an ambitious disarmament policy will lead the way to permanent peace. Violence is not a solution; rather, it destroys societies' development perspectives. We promote civil conflict management in order to bring all parties to the negotiating table early on. At the same time, it is vital to push for global arms control. On the national level, all security sector institutions such as police and armed forces must be under democratic control.

For this area, Goal 16 of the 2030 Agenda is especially pertinent to our work. It demands to: “Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.”

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Climate Change, Energy and Environment

In order to combat Climate Change and its effects, our economic systems need to be changed fundamentally into ones that are actually sustainable. This ecological transformation can only be successful if it is both socially responsible and inclusive. For instance, there needs to be a just transition for employees from the fossil fuel industries, an endeavor the FES, together with trade unions, is developing concepts for. In addition, we are working to ensure that decision-makers take climate change adaptation policies into account that were developed by local initiatives and grassroots activists. With our efforts in the field of climate change and energy policy, we are heeding the 2030 Agenda's Goal 13 call to “take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts”. At the same time, we want to “promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all”, in accordance with Goal 8.

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Global Economy and Corporate Responsibility

With the 2030 Agenda, the international community has given itself a set of guidelines for shaping the global economy in the future: One person's prosperity should not come at another person's expense, or at the expense of coming generations. Future economic action needs to be guided by sustainability and the common good.

By strengthening debates on and concepts for a global economy that serves the common good, we want to make a contribution towards reaching the 10th Goal of the 2030 Agenda, namely reducing global inequality. Further, we are working towards establishing sustainable consumption and production patterns, as laid down in Goal 12. And all this is inseparable from Goal 8's demand for decent work for all.

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International Community and Civil Society

If it wants to reach the Sustainable Development Goals, the global community needs to show more solidarity with each other. In this regard, we place the onus on the Global North and support representatives of the Global South in presenting their positions; united for justice and against the interests of the powerful, if need be. Further, the FES is committed to helping civil society initiatives that critically review the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and remind rich states of their responsibilities.

Together, all this makes up our contribution towards strengthening global partnerships, as the 2030 Agenda's Goal 17 demands.

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