Bonn Symposium 2013

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Local Actors and the Post-2015 Agenda.
Good local governance: a prerequisite for development?

With the adoption of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2000, around 190 heads of state and government undertook to combat extreme poverty in its various forms. The target date set for the achievement of these Goals – the end of 2015 – is rapidly approaching. There is already intense debate at both global and national level about the thematic focus that should be adopted for a new post-2015 agenda, with some key figures calling for a paradigm shift away from a purely development-based agenda towards a global agenda with responsibilities for industrial, emerging and developing countries alike. 

Whatever shape this new agenda may take, its implementation is a matter for the local level. Indeed, it is this level which will determine the agenda’s success or failure. If the paradigm shift becomes reality, the local authorities in the northern hemisphere – and therefore also in Germany and North Rhine-Westphalia – must become active players in implementing the future global sustainable development agenda.

The Bonn Symposium therefore aims to give future local stakeholders from various regions of the world an opportunity to discuss how the tasks that are likely to feature on the new development agenda can be addressed as democratically, transparently and effectively as possible.This must include an exploration of issues relating to citizens’ participation, as well as the legal, institutional and administrative conditions which must be in place for good governance, including good financial governance, at the local level.

In cooperation with:

Minister for Federal Affairs, Europe and the 
Media of North Rhine-Westphalia

Service Agency Communities in One World, Bonn

With support of:
Deutsche Welle

Co-financed by:
Land North Rhine-Westphalia
Federal City of Bonn

NEWS

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City governments as agents of local communities

 

INTERVIEW WITH ANÉL DU PLESSIS

In an interview with sef: on the occasion of the International sef:  Expert Workshop 2018, Professor Anél du Plessis speaks about the changing role of city governments in global governance. How are cities affected by international law? And what is their role as agents of local communities? And how is their potential restricted by national constitutions?

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sef: Bonn Symposium 2018

Rethinking local sustainable development

UPCOMING EVENT

The “transformation of our world” onto a sustainable path – as agreed upon by the UN member states in the Agenda 2030 – requires more than one-off projects. How can a  fundamental change in policies, in the society and the economy be initiated? What can municipalities contribute to this shift towards sustainable development and how can the local impetus be escalated to the other political levels? The Bonn Symposium 2018 aims to stimulate ideas and inject fresh momentum into the debate about these issues.

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The Global Refugee Crisis: Towards a just response

NEW ISSUE PUBLISHED

With their effort to keep refugees and migrants out of their territories, Western nations abdicate their historical and political responsibility, according to the analysis of the renowned Indian migration researcher B.S. Chimni in GLOBAL TRENDS. ANALYSIS 03|2018. Chimni therefore calls for a just response from the international community to the global refugee crisis. Such a response could only consist of a multidimensional strategy that had to be worked out in a genuine dialogue between all stakeholders.

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