Country Reports

Short political reports of the KAS offices abroad

Vereinte Nationen

Die Ziele der Nachhaltigen Entwicklung in Zeiten der Globalen Pandemie

Eine Bestandsaufnahme zur Agenda 2030 während der diesjährigen UN-Vollversammlung offenbart große Herausforderungen für die Weltgemeinschaft.

Zwei hochrangige multilaterale Konferenzen anläßlich der diesjähren 75. Sitzung der Vollversammlung der Vereinten Nationen (VN), der SDG-Moment und das Treffen der Staats- und Regierungstreffen zu Financing for Development, unternahmen den Versuch einer Bestandsaufnahme der Agenda 2030. Das Bild, das sie von der momentanen Situation zeichneten ist verstörend; jedoch gab sich die Weltgemeinschaft entschlossen, dem allgemeinen Pessimismus entgegenzutreten. Alle beteiligten Staaten und Institutionen riefen zu globaler Kooperation und Solidarität auf. Pünktlich zu ihrem 75. Geburtstag scheint die Stunde der Wahrheit für die Weltorganisation gekommen zu sein: Es herrscht Einigkeit, dass die VN und das multilaterale System niemals in ihrer Geschichte vor einer größeren Herausforderung standen. „COVID-19 hat die Grundfeste unserer Welt bis ins Mark erschüttert“ konstatierte Generalsekretär António Guterres.


The Roberts Court

An Unconventional 2020 U.S. Supreme Court Term

With confirmation hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett underway three weeks ahead of the US elections, this analysis of the 2020 session of the United States Supreme Court highlights that Chief Justice John G Roberts aims to uphold the role of the Supreme Court as a fair and unbiased umpire.

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The Judiciary as protector of human rights and the rule of law in times of a pandemic

On the occasion of the International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace

Diego García-Sayán, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers highlights the necessary global judicial response to the current public health crisis. Diego García-Sayán calls on UN Member States to take appropriate measures on eight relevant judicial aspects, while also preserving their citizen’s fundamental human rights and particularly their right to health.

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Bridging the Financing Gap of the Sustainable Development Goals

Estimates presented during last year's United Nations General Assembly revealed dramatic funding gaps in achieving Agenda 2030. It becomes clear that traditional sources of development finance are merely a drop in the ocean. Alternative approaches, such as innovative financial instruments, blended finance and impact investments, are promising but have not lived up to their potential. This news comes at a difficult time when the world experiences a dramatic slowdown of economic activity in light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and the erosion of the multilateral rules-based order. Development practitioners are concerned that the coronavirus will 'infect' Agenda 2030 and that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be among its many victims. With the United Nations Headquarters in New York on lockdown and all international conferences being cancelled, it will be challenging but critical to keep up the momentum of the Financing for Development process.

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Reevaluating the United Nations Secretariat’s Contribution to Economic Development

In recent years, not least due to the reforms of the UN Secretary General António Guterres, the role of the United Nations Secretariat as a coordinator and actor in international development cooperation has grown in importance. Wasim Mir (Senior Fellow, UN Foundation) and Sebastian Borchmeyer (Senior Program Officer, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung New York) examined in this research report to what extent the United Nations Regular Budget should count as Official Development Aid (ODA) as defined by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). For the UN Secretariat, the coefficient determining the ODA eligible share of an organization’s budget has been 18% since 2013 – this is considerably lower than the coefficient of other international (development) organizations. This underrating of the UN Secretariat's ODA Coefficient no longer does justice to its role in implementing the Agenda 2030. A reassessment seems therefore overdue.

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The UN’s Call to Climate Action

When, if not now?

On the 23rd of September 2019, the UN Climate Action Summit was held in New York with the clear statement by UN Secretary General António Guterres that the time for rhetoric is over and action is needed. Speaking slots were only allocated to countries that came up with a clear plan of action on how to tackle climate change.

Opportunities and Pitfalls in Practical Translation of Youth Inclusivity for Sustainable Peacebuilding in Africa

This paper takes a closer look at the two Security Council resolutions pertaining to Youth, Peace and Security as well as the independent progress study and identifies opportunities and pitfalls for practical translation of youth inclusivity with regards to economic participation, gender inclusion and access to social services in Nigeria, Uganda and Tanzania, respectively.

Iraq at a Crossroads: Reconfiguring the Role of the United Nations

This paper was inspired by a study visit of a high-ranking Iraqi delegation from Baghdad and Erbil to the United Nations and other institutions in New York in October 2017. This visit entitled “The future role of the United Nations in Iraq” was organized by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung’s New York office in cooperation with the foundation’s Syria/Iraq Office. The author of this publication, Ali Al-Mawlawi, was part of this delegation. Ali is Head of Research at the Al-Bayan Center for Planning and Studies in Baghdad (

KAS NY interviews MP Peter Beyer

Dr. Stefan Friedrich, Director of the KAS New York office interviews Peter Beyer, Member of the German Bundestag and Member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs

Catalyzing the SDG's through Expanded Domestic Resource Mobilization

Members of the African Policy Circle Oladiran Bello, Executive Director of Good Governance Africa and Salina Sanou, Head of Policy and Advocacy at ACORD Agency for Co-operation and Research in Development publish a paper on "Catalyzing the SDGs through Expanded Domestic Resource Mobilization ". Their research was conducted subsequent to a dialogue programme entitled "The African Policy Circle goes UN: Empowering local influencers through dialogue on the 2030 Agenda" organized by the KAS New York office.

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