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A need for change: Why do women in the judiciary matter?

In March 2021, the United Nations held the 65th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW65). Since 1947, the Commission is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. The Commission prepares recommendations to the Economic and Social Council on promoting women’s rights in political, economic, social, and educational fields.

“The International System Is under Serious Pressure”

Germany’s Two-Year Term as a Member of the United Nations Security Council

For the past two years, Germany has been a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council. For International Reports, Andrea Ellen Ostheimer, Head of the Konrad-Adenauer-­Stiftung’s New York office, talks to diplomat Christoph Heusgen about the challenges and achievements of this period, the role of China ­and Russia, and Germany’s foreign policy compass.

FRENCH- CYBER IA CONVERGENCE ET INTERFERENCE

Assurer la Sécurité des Elections, Renforcer la Résilience Civile et Sociale

Bien au-delà de la pensée née des doctrines sécuritaires et militaires traditionnelles, nous nous trouvons confrontés à de nouveaux défis de sécurité humaine et politique. Ce qui compte, outre la conquête de nouveaux territoires, c’est de gagner les données, la confiance, le cœur et l’esprit des citoyens d'un pays.

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Increasing the Impact of the European Union at the United Nations in New York

With major powers undermining the rule-based international system, a global pandemic and the United Kingdom’s exit from the EU, the EU faces new challenges in the UN. At the same time, these shifting dynamics also create a unique opportunity to evaluate and strengthen the EU’s performance in the UN. A new study by KAS New York looks at how the EU and its Member States can build on this historic moment to further increase its impact in the UN.

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Cyber-AI Convergence and Interference

Securing Elections and Building Human Resilience

Far beyond what was conceived through traditional security and military doctrines, we face new challenges that pertain to human and political security. What matters is not only who wins new territories, but who wins the data, the trust, the hearts and minds of citizens within a country or polity.

The Impact of Elected Members on the Security Council’s Agenda: Germany’s Sixth Tenure in 2019-2020

Panel Discussion Followed by Q&A Session

Every eight years, Germany aspires to become an elected member to the Security Council. The last two years have certainly been rich in expected but also unpredictable challenges. With nationalist and populist politics on the rise, multilateralism and international cooperation had to face obstructive policies and actions. With Ambassador Heusgen, who has represented Germany since 2017 in New York and who was the foreign policy advisor of Chancellor Angela Merkel for 13 years, the panellists assessed the last two years on the Council but discussed the impact elected members, the so-called E10, can have.

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Declarations on Their Own Won’t Change the Course

25 years after the Beijing Conference on Women’s rights

In 1995, the 4th World Conference on Women was held in Beijing, China. This year, we are not only celebrating the 25th anniversary of the conference, but also the 75th anniversary of the UN which has a pivotal role in upholding human rights and women’s rights. Hence, the United Nations General Assembly had decided to hold a high-level meeting on the twenty-fifth anniversary of the 4th World Conference on Women just after the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

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.

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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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UNGA2020 – die Generalversammlung der Vereinten Nationen

75. Jubiläumsjahr im COVID-19-Kontext

Die 75. Generalversammlung wurde sowohl beim eigentlichen Jubiläumstag als auch in der Generaldebatte zu einem weiteren Schauplatz des Schlagabtausches zwischen China und den USA. In den Redebeiträgen wie auch in der politischen Erklärung der 193 Mitgliedstaaten wurde - abgesehen von wenigen Ausnahmen - deutlich, dass heute mehr denn je Einsicht in die Notwendigkeit der multilateralen Zusammenarbeit besteht. Es wird allerdings auch weiterer Reformbedarf artikuliert, um die globalen Governance-Strukturen an aktuelle Herausforderungen anzupassen.