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Conversation

Under Duress: Multilateralism, Partnerships, and Strategic Alliances

Conversation followed by Q&A Session

If anything, the Covid-19 pandemic has underscored the common global challenges facing Europe and the United States that know no national or geographic boundaries. Global health concerns, climate change, arms control, an increasingly aggressive Russia, and domestic and international concerns regarding China are among the common challenges that require a joint approach. There is more urgency than ever to prevent a fracturing of the multilateral system.

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Surveillance and Information Disorder in Africa

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Online-Seminar

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

Online-Seminar

The nexus of health and security

Early warning, crisis management, and increased resilience in a multilateral framework

COVID-19 hit the international community unprepared irrespective of the fact that a variety of global risk analysis as well as national security strategies cited pandemics as a likely risk scenario for forthcoming decades. To the contrary, countries had reduced for years their stockpiles of PPE and relied on global production chains for strategic equipment. The velocity of the virus’ spread around the globe dwarfed any attempts for mere national responses. Its impact on societies, health systems and economies underlined the need for comprehensive responses cross-cutting across health, economic, and security sectors.

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Das Schweigen des UN-Sicherheitsrats in der Covid-19 Pandemie

Während die Generalsversammlung der Vereinten Nationen bereits zwei Resolutionen zur Corona-Pandemie verabschiedete, war vom UN-Sicherheitsrat bisher kaum etwas zu hören. Ob ein Ende dieser Paralyse des mächtigen UN-Gremiums in Sicht ist, wollen wir am 4.Mai mit unseren Experten diskutieren.

Book presentation

Book launch "FeMALE Diplomacy - Women in Foreign Policy"

Only a few women sit at the negotiating table when it comes to war and peace. Foreign and security policy remains a largely male dominated domain in politics. As of June 2019, 11 women are serving as Head of State and 12 are serving as Head of Government. As of January 2019, only 20.7 per cent of government ministers worldwide were women. The five most commonly held portfolios by women ministers are: Social Affairs; followed by Family/Children/Youth/Elderly/Disabled; Environment/Natural Resources/Energy; Employment/Labour/Vocational Training; and Trade/Industry.

Conversation

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Women in Politics fostering Digital Inclusion

Women are 12% less likely to use the internet globally than men. In low and middle-income countries, the gap between women’s use and that of men even widens to 26%. Most pronounced becomes this digital divide in LDCs, where women are 33% less likely than men to use the internet. These digital inequalities matter particularly as digital technologies, including the internet, are having increasingly profound impacts also on other aspects of economy, society and culture. Any action to enhance digital equality therefore has not only important positive impacts on gender equality in general but also contributes to the development of societies. In order to enhance women’s equality and empowerment through digital inclusion all stakeholders need to work together in order to foster skills and education, to provide connectivity, and to create adequate policy frameworks.

Discussion

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Luncheon Debate "The female face of migration"

Although the share of women in the total number of international migrants fell from 49.3% (2000) to 47.9% in 2019, the situation varies across regions. In North America, Europe and Oceania the percentage of migrating women has surpassed 50%. Also Latin America and the Caribbean are hosting already 49.9% of migrant women. These women often migrate alone in search for better jobs, education opportunities and greater freedoms. On their journey or in their countries of destination they often become victims of fraud, abuse, rape or discrimination. According to UNODC data the majority of victims of human trafficking are women and young girls (71%). This data clearly highlights the need to strengthen the instruments for protection, but also for information campaigns amongst migrant women. We cordially invite you to discuss with our panelists how current challenges can best be addressed.

Discussion

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Land rights for women as a factor for development

In half of the world, women are still unable to assert their land and property rights. Although inroads have been made over the years on the legal side, the gap between law and practice remains. According to FAO data, agricultural productivity could be enhanced by 20% to 30% if more women would have secure tenure of the land they are working on. In many societies, be it in Latin America, Sub-Sahara Africa or even in the Balkans, discriminatory social practices still prevent to harvest the benefits for socio-economic development that secure land rights for women could bring. Therefore, we invite you to discuss with our panelists how a lack of understanding of laws within communities and families can be addressed, how women can gain better access to legal services and how also other relevant factors such as financial instruments need to be adjusted.

Book presentation

The United Nations Secretariat as international development actor

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 the research report Reevaluating the United Nations Secretariat's Contribution to Economic Development 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 underestimation of the UN Secretariat's ODA Coefficient no longer does justice to its role in implementing 2030 Agenda and a reassessment is therefore necessary.

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Innovation Horizon: Strengthening community-based primary healthcare in the digital age

Expert Discussion

On 11 June 2024, KAS New York held an expert discussion entitled, "Innovation Horizon: Strengthening community-based primary healthcare in the digital age". The event brought together the diverse experience of the United Nations system, Member States, the private sector and civil society to discuss the nexus between community-based primary healthcare and science, technology and innovation.

LAC of multilateral leadership?

How the Latin American and Caribbean region engages in the multilateral system, its current challenges and its untapped opportunities

The Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) region stands at a critical moment for global governance. It has a rare opportunity to shape agendas of the G-20, the UN Summit of the Future, the Conference of the Parties (COPs) on climate and biodiversity, as well as the Fourth Conference on Financing for Development and the ECOSOC agenda. However, while the region stands at the epicenter of global debates, it does not live up to its full potential for exerting multilateral leadership. How can the region overcome this lack of multilateral leadership?

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Key Priorities of the Foreign Policy of Greece in View of the Candidature to the UN Security Council 2025-2026

A Conversation with H.E. George Gerapetritis, Foreign Minister of the Hellenic Republic

Amid unprecedented global challenges and multiplying conflicts, the United Nations Security Council—as the primary organ tasked with maintaining peace and security worldwide—remains more critical than ever. However, widening geopolitical rifts, intensifying political polarization, and the misuse of veto power by its permanent members have paralyzed the Council, constricting its action on pressing issues. Non-permanent, or elected, members have a unique opportunity to positively impact and influence the Council’s work and dynamics.

Workshop: Beyond the SIDS4 Conference

Partnerships for Climate-Resilient Infrastructure in the Pacific

During the 4th International Conference on SIDS (SIDS4) from 27-30 May 2024, SIDS adopted a 10-year agenda calling for action-oriented efforts to create a resilient and prosperous future. Leading up to the SIDS4, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Fiji to the United Nations and the EU Delegation to the United Nations convened a workshop on 21 May 2024 to explore partnership opportunities and innovative solutions to enhance and maintain climate-resilient infrastructure in Pacific Island Countries. The event provided a platform for Member States, representatives of the UN system, think tanks and academia to share their experiences in climate-resilient infrastructure while addressing how the international community can facilitate multi-stakeholder partnerships on the path towards the Sustainable Development Goals.

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Recent Developments, Pending Challenges & Outlook

A Conversation with High Representative Christian Schmidt

Nearly 30 years after the landmark Dayton Agreement, Bosnia and Herzegovina continues to face ongoing political instability, ethnic tensions, separatist rhetoric and actions, and systemic corruption, among other challenges. As the country approaches its third decade under the peace agreement, unity remains an elusive prospect, prompting much reflection and re-evaluation from the international community as to Dayton’s complex legacy.

Transitional Justice in the 21st Century:

Rethinking Justice through Colombia’s Special Jurisdiction for Peace

The Special Jurisdiction for Peace (Jurisdicción Especial para la Paz; JEP, by its Spanish acronym) emerged from the Final Peace Agreement signed between Colombia’s Government and the foreign guerrilla FARC-EP on November 24, 2016. JEP is the judicial component of the Comprehensive System for Peace responsible for administering restorative transi¬tional justice, fostering transformation towards peace and repairing social structures, and ensuring the victim’s rights and legal security of those appearing before this tribunal. Its operation focuses on territorial, differential, and gender perspectives.

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Regulating the Role and Involvement of Offensive Proxy Actors in Cyberconflict

In a rapidly evolving and expanding cyber threat landscape, the proliferation of offensive cyber proxies is raising the stakes and carries significant security implications for nation states, businesses, and individuals. Regulating their role and involvement in cyberconflict presents a set of pressing and unprecedented challenges for the international community.

The Road to Koblenz:

Pathways for international justice through the exercise of universal jurisdiction in Germany

In February 2021, for example, the Koblenz Higher Regional Court sentenced Eyad A to four and a half years in prison, followed by Anwar R’s conviction two years later in January 2022. These rulings represented an unprecedented state action against impunity for brutalities committed under the Bashar al-Assad regime. What accounts for such prosecutorial and judicial assertiveness in Germany? Under what conditions is this litigation and prosecution possible before German courts?

Summit of the Future: Advancing African Perspectives for a Networked and Inclusive Multilateralism

On February 1, 2024 the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS) Office in New York and International Peace Institute (IPI) convened a conference in Addis Ababa on the "Summit of the Future: Advancing African Perspectives for a Networked and Inclusive Multilateralism," providing a platform for the diplomatic community, representatives of international and regional organizations, and members of civil society in Africa to reflect on the continent's priorities for the Pact of the Future and opportunities for collective action.

Expert Discussion on the Deteriorating Security Situation in West Africa

Assessing the Region’s Escalating Terrorism Threat

Representatives of the UN system, UN Member States, and think tanks gathered to exchange views on the rapidly degrading security situation in West Africa and escalating threat posed by al-Qaeda and Islamic State (IS) affiliates in the region.