At a time in which the COVID-19 health and economic crisis is disproportionately affecting the most vulnerable communities, UN institutions, Member States and civil society must all cooperate to tackle the widening inequalities brought about by the pandemic. In a push for more multilateral solutions on social justice and inclusion, Club de Madrid and the Friedrich-Ebert Stiftung build momentum around the call for a new World Summit on Social Development.
Killer robots are at the cutting edge of modern warfare, but how do we keep them in check and ensure meaningful human control? FESNY's Volker Lehmann introduces our new paper on a legally binding instrument to address the threat of lethal autonomous weapons. Download the publication here.
For the last two years, Germany was an elected member of the United Nations Security Council. As its term comes to an end, we take a closer look at Germany's time on the Council, its diplomatic impact, and what the future may bring. A conversation between Richard Gowan (UN Director, International Crisis Group) and Michael Bröning (Executive Director, FES New York).
„Diesen September ist alles anders!“ Am 22. September startet in New York die Generaldebatte der Vereinten Nationen. Doch die Zukunft der Weltorganisation scheint ungewisser denn je. Ein Kurzbeitrag von Michael Bröning (Executive Director, FES New York).
It's been a difficult year, but FES New York and its partners are all in to seize this important moment & make 2020 a year of transformational change. Learn more about the #UN75 Global Governance Forum, the #UNited for a #NewMultilateralism conference, and the first-ever virtual FES Fall Academy.
As the year 2020 is the starting point for the UN system to discuss the reform of the multilateral system at the UN General Assembly, FEPS Europe, FES New York and others decided to contribute to the debate by launching a project to develop a progressive approach to: identity the main challenges ahead; formulate recommendations not only on the "what" but on the "how" in different policy areas of the multilateral system; formulate recommendations on the architecture of the multilateral system. The results will be presented at the "UNited for a New Multilateralism" virtual conference on September 18, 2020.
This interactive discussion was kicked-off by World Bank Executive Director (ED) for Germany, Jürgen K. Zattler and featured a presentation on his recent FES publication, “Rising Inequality” (EN, DE). Mr. Zattler's presentation was followed by interventions from Prof. Gabriel Palma (Cambridge University), Cecilia Nahón (World Bank Alternate ED for Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay), and Patrizio Pagano (World Bank ED for Albania, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal, San Marino and Timor-Leste).
Am 1. Juli 2020 hat Deutschland zum zweiten Mal während seiner aktuellen nichtständigen Mitgliedschaft im UN-Sicherheitsrat den einmonatigen Ratsvorsitz übernommen. Gerade unter Coronabedingungen stellen sich der deutschen UN-Politik nun vollkommen neue Herausforderungen. Und die alten sind geblieben, allen voran der Klimawandel oder die stetige Suche nach gemeinsamen europäischen Antworten auf die rasanten Veränderungen in der Weltpolitik. Was können Deutschland und Europa dieses Jahr im UN-Sicherheitsrat erreichen? Darum ging es in unserem Webtalk mit Botschafter Christoph Heusgen, Barbara Hendricks und Janka Oertel.
We need young leaders to achieve the SDGs! Our 2019 Fall Academy brought young international policy makers from across the globe to New York to explore the ins and outs of the UN's 2030 Agenda.
What has Germany achieved on the UN Security Council in 2019? What's on the agenda for 2020? Before the end of the year, we spoke to Richard Gowan (UN Director, Crisis Group) to take stock of Germany's performance on the Security Council so far and look ahead to what's next.
Angela Kane, Senior Fellow at VCDNP and former UN High Representative on Disarmament Affairs, visited FESNY to talk about her latest policy brief entitled "“Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons: Between Aspiration and Reality”.
Helen Mudora (Program Manager, Partnerships and Networks at Africa Platform for Social Protection) stopped by FESNY to talk about civil society involvement in social protection and development.
Jack Mayerhofer (Chief of Staff, Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation) discusses Germany's capacity - and unique obligation - to play an important part in atrocity prevention on the international level.
Featuring Dr. Sarah Taylor (Senior Fellow, International Peace Institute), this episode of our interactive discussion series "Der Draht zum Rat" looked back at the month of April, during which Germany held the presidency of the UN Security Council.
UN expert Richard Gowan (Senior Fellow, UN University Centre for Policy Research) stopped by FES NY for our very first "Der Draht zum Rat" (Eng: "The Wire to the Council") interactive discussion providing timely analysis and reflection on the Council's most pressing issues - and Germany's role in it.
The UN's 2030 Agenda needs young leaders from across the globe who critically assess it, use it for their own transformative, progressive work, and make the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) a reality. That's what our FES New York 2018 Fall Academy was all about.
World-renowned economist and Nobel laureate Joseph E. Stiglitz & AFL-CIO Policy Director Damon Silvers stopped by FESNY to discuss the role of finance workers in global financial regulation as part of a day-long strategy session on the sidelines of United Nations High-Level Political Forum 2018.
António Guterres will serve a second term as UN Secretary-General. What might a “liberated” Guterres accomplish? more Information
UN Chief António Guterres and FES President Martin Schulz discussed global vaccine justice during this year's Global Solutions Summit. more Information
What ideas are German and European Social Democrats pursuing to make the EU fit for the 21st century? more Information
To defeat the pandemic we need to lift patent protections on Covid-19 vaccines. more Information