Shaping a Just World

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Events, projects, analyses and background information:

  • Peace and Security
  • Climate Change, Energy and Environment
  • Global Economy and Corporate Responsibility
  • International Community and Civil Society

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Global Policy and Development
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all FES experts on global and regional politics


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

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

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

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


Herbert, Matt; Badi, Emadeddin

Blessing and curse

Petroleum profits, control and fragility in Libya
LaMarsa, 2022

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Training manual for the promotion and protection of the human rights of domestic workers in Cameroon

Yaounde, 2022

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Terrapon-Pfaff, Julia; Ersoy, Sibel Raquel

Sustainable transformation of energy systems in MENA Countries

Comparative report
Amman, 2022

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Jargalsaikhan, Mendee; Munkh-Orgil, T.; Chultem, Nyamsuren

Mongolian women peacekeepers

Ulaanbaatar, 2022

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MacLeod, Jamie

Human rights and the African Continental Free Trade Area

Taking stock and navigating the way forward
Bonn/Geneva, 2022

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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.”


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.


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.


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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