Events

Discussion

Data as Political Capital

What kind of Rules & Regulations do we need for a a digitized Democracy?
Digitization has completely altered the way our societies communicate and how political opinion-making is shaped. Foreign interference, online hate-speech, data leaks on social media platforms and fake-news have made it more important than ever to define a global rules-based system and code of conduct that sets a common standard and protects democracy. The discussion with Germany’s leading startup for Digital Political Communications and Teddy Goff, one of America’s key figures from the campaigning landscape, will provide a state of the lay of current debates in Europe and the US, and will draw attention to the action that needs to be taken in order to have resilient democracies in the age of new technologies and artificial intelligence.

Forum

Crafting an Alliance for Multilateralism

In April 2019, the foreign ministers of Germany and France announced an initiative to create an alliance for multilateralism to enlist those UN Member States committed to international cooperation. It is clear that the United Nations needs champions in a challenging international context; however, questions arise about this proposal.

Study and Information Program

Cyber-Security: an issue for national and international security

From May 13 – 17, the KAS New York office hosts a dialogue program with security experts from Brazil on the topic of Cyber-Security. In the discussions, delegates will bring in their broad range of expertise from their diplomatic, academic and private sector background.

Discussion

How can NGOs lobby the UN (and member states) for more action on combating GBV in conflict zones?

Dr. Denis Mukwege received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2018 for his efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict. Sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict constitutes both a war crime and a threat to peace and security. As a surgeon Denis Mukwege has helped thousands of victims of sexual violence in armed conflicts in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He has repeatedly condemned impunity for mass rape on national and international level, and constantly reminds governments and the international community that more needs to be done to stop the use of sexual violence against women as a strategy and weapon of war. Although Gender Based Violence (GBV) in conflicts has received more attention over the last years, there is a need to ensure that the efforts of state and non-state actors, of the UN and the international community to prevent GBV in conflict zones, to support victims, and to hold perpetrators accountable, are intensified. The momentum should not be lost and the various efforts need to get consolidated. We are pleased to invite you to this roundtable that aims to discuss the need to strengthen efforts and initiatives with a champion of the fight against sexual violence as a weapon of war, Dr. Denis Me Mukwege Mukengere.

Study and Information Program

Media as a Guardian of Democratic Values and Multilateral Institutions

KAS New York is facilitating this visit in the context of our dialogue program entitled “Media as a Guardian of Democratic Values and Multilateral Institutions”. Recognizing that the media can be a guardian of democratic values and multilateral institutions we would like to explore how free journalists and bloggers can report in a fact-based manner on democratic processes and the work of the UN. Additionally we will look into ways in which the United Nations can strengthen the rights of freedom of speech and freedom of the press.

Expert talk

Europe Goes to the Polls: What to Expect from the European Parliamentary Election

Breakfast Briefing with Klaus Welle, Secretary-General of the European Parliament on “Europe Goes to the Polls: What to Expect from the European Parliamentary Election” Hosted in partnership with the American Council on Germany

Expert talk

Feedback Session: Study on earmarking in the multilateral development system

The German Development Institute, a leading think tank for development policy, conducted a comprehensive study commissioned by Germany's Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development on the topic of earmarking in the multilateral development system. The study not only provides evidence and analysis to inform smart decision-making on earmarked funding for multilateral development banks and the UN Development System, but also explores different instruments of earmarked funding and offers policy recommendations for donors. In partnership with the German Development Institute, KAS New York Office is hosting a meeting to provide feedback and discuss the draft version of the report with one of its authors, Dr. Max-Otto Baumann, before the final version will be released.

Expert conference

Contemporary Challenges to the Independence of Judges and Lawyers

UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers, KAS New York, NYC BAR Association

Event Reports

The Afghan Peace Process

by Barbara Sabitzer

What Challenges Lie Ahead for an Afghan-owned, Afghan-led Solution?
The week before the UNAMA resolution was renewed, Dr. Ellinor Zeino, Head of KAS’ Office in Kabul, Afghanistan was in New York for a dialogue program with different UN agencies and permanent missions.

Event Reports

Data as Political Capital

What kind of Rules & Regulations do we need for a digitized Democracy
Digitization has completely altered the way our societies communicate and how political opinion-making is shaped. Foreign interference, online hate-speech, data leaks on social media platforms, fake-news have made it more important than ever to define a global rules-based system and code of conduct that sets a common standard and protects democracy.

Event Reports

Cyber-Security: an issue for national and international security

From May 13 – 17, the KAS New York office hosted a dialogue program with security experts from Brazil on the topic of Cyber-Security. In the discussions, delegates brought in their broad range of expertise from their diplomatic, academic and private sector background.

Event Reports

Crafting an Alliance for Multilateralism

The KAS New York Office, jointly with the EU funded Jean Monnet Research Network on EU-UN Relations (EUN-NET) and the German Marshall Fund of the United States hosted a first discussion on the proposed “Alliance for Multilateralism” on May 14th. Opening remarks by the German Permanent Representatives to the United Nations, Dr. Christoph Heusgen started off a vibrant discussion with panelists Edith Drieskens (Leuven University), Maria Gianniou (Athens University of Economics and Business), Robert Kissack (Barcelona Institute of International Studies) and Jake Sherman (International Peace Institute) moderated by Jan Techau (GMF).

Event Reports

Media as a Guardian of Democratic Values and Multilateral Institutions

by Victoria-Charlotte Browning

KAS NY welcomes bloggers and independent journalists hailing from Ivory Coast, Cameroon, the DRC & South Africa who create content for the KAS supported media platform africablogging to examine how media can be a guardian of democratic values and multilateral institutions
KAS

Event Reports

„Nous sommes en train de recouler“

by Andrea Ellen Ostheimer

Freedom, Democracy and Human Rights are neither self-evident nor irrevocable – more than ever, we have to fight for them
On April 24th, 2019 the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Dr. Denis Mukwege , met at KAS Office New York with representatives of UN agencies and non-governmental organizations. The focus of the ensuing discussion was how civil society can be even more instrumental in the fight against sexual violence in conflict zones.

Event Reports

Europe Goes to the Polls: What to Expect from the European Parliamentary Election

by Sebastian Borchmeyer

Mr. Klaus Welle, Secretary-General of the European Parliament, briefed the audience on the upcoming European elections, a watershed moment for the European Union. The event was cohosted by the American Council on Germany (ACG).
KAS New York

Event Reports

Contemporary Challenges to the Independence of Judges and Lawyers

by Andrea Ellen Ostheimer, Monica Castillejos

UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers, KAS New York, NYC BAR Association

Event Reports

Dinner with Mr. Martin Jäger, State Secretary in the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

by Sebastian Borchmeyer

During a small gathering with German UN staff members at the KAS New York Office, State Secretary Jäger reaffirmed his ministry’s strong commitment to the United Nations system and multilateralism. No major country can benefit more from a rules-based world order than Germany.

Event Reports

Migration and Demography in Sub-Sahara Africa

Dr. Stephen Smith, Professor of African and African American Studies at Duke University and Author of the Scramble for Europe speaks at the New York Office of Konrad Adenauer Foundation on January 15th, 2019.