Expert talk

Invitation to the official launch event: Our Common Digital Future

Charter for a Sustainable Digital Age
The recently published report of the UN Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation recommends to develop goals, principles and priority actions for a Global Commitment for Digital Cooperation. The German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU) strongly supports this proposal. Considering the great transformative force of digitalization, it is striking that digital technology hardly features in the SDGs. Both digitalization and the 2030 Agenda are key drivers of global change and must be brought into alignment to enable global sustainable development. In its latest report, Towards Our Common Digital Future, WBGU argues that this effort requires a normative reference frame and advocates a Global Charter for a Sustainable Digital Age.


Global Investors for Sustainable Development (GISD) Alliance

Dinner and Reception of the Strategy Group
On September 24th, KAS New York hosts a reception and dinner with the Strategy Group of the newly founded ‘Global Investors for Sustainable Development’ (GISD) Alliance. The group consisting of experts appointed by the CEOs of GISD members met in New York to develop a plan of action and to prepare the official launch of the GISD Alliance on October 16th.


Luncheon discussion with Dr. Gerd Müller, Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development

On September 24th, KAS New York office invites to a luncheon with Germany's Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development and German international servants working across different UN agencies. The occasion of Dr. Gerd Müller's stay in New York was the annual visit to the UN General Assembly and his participations in the SDG, Climate and Health Summits.


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.

Book presentation

Book launch "Evangelicals and Political Power in Latin America"

Evangelical churches have experienced significant growth worldwide in recent decades. Their influence stretches beyond the spiritual sphere into politics, and economies. In recent elections in Latin America they played a decisive role. In a research project and publication coordinated by KAS Peru, sociologists and political scientists from Latin America analysed the political strategies of evangelical churches, evaluated their success and raised questions about the loss of hegemony of the Catholic church on the continent.


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.


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.

Event Reports

The role of the United Nations in Iraq – A get-together of former fellowship students in the KAS New York office

A main objective of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) is the support of young talent that promotes liberal democratic values globally. In addition to its political engagement, the KAS New York office aims to connect current and former KAS alumni and grow an interdisciplinary network of international experts.

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Development Cooperation for achieving the 2030 Agenda: The Way Forward

Ein Experten-Workshop im KAS-Büro New York
On May 23, 2018, at the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung New York experts from the Network of Southern Think Tanks (NeST), the German Development Institute (GDI-DIE) and other international organizations met to discuss the challenges facing global development cooperation.

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Tackling a global problem with transnational solutions – terrorism and the United Nations

The fight against global terrorism has a little known ally – more united and expedient than one might think. This was the key message Dr. David Scharia offered in his speech in the KAS New York office on the evening of May 7th. In contrary to the prevalent common perception of the UN as a toothless tiger, Dr. Scharia explained how the United Nations effectively fight terrorism with a comprehensive and assertive approach.

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Diplomaten für zwei Wochen

National Model United Nations-Delegation der TU Chemnitz zu Besuch in der KAS New York
Am 16. März 2018 besuchte eine Delegation der TU Chemnitz das Büro der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in New York. Bei der UN Simulation „National Model United Nations“, die vom 10. bis zum 23. März 2018 stattfand, vertraten die Studierenden die Demokratische Republik Kongo.

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Peacebuilding in rural Africa: A major task for grassroots women leaders

by Victoria-Charlotte Browning

Status, challenges and opportunities for rural women and girls

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Peacebuilding in rural Africa: KAS NY Interview

Helen Kezie-Nwoha, Executive Director at the Kampala based Women's International Cross-Cultural Exchange(Isis-WICCE) in an interview with Dr. Stefan Friedrich, Director of KAS NY

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„Friede als Ergebnis des gemeinsamen Wollens“

by Magdalena Jetschgo-Morcillo

Lehren aus der beendeten Friedensmission UNOCI in der Elfenbeinküste
Im Reigen der oft viele Jahre andauernden UN-Friedensmissionen sticht ein abgeschlossener Einsatz besonders hervor. Ein solcher Fall ist die im Juni 2017 beendete Mission in der Elfenbeinküste, UNOCI. Die Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung hat dies zum Anlass genommen, diese Friedensmission einer Analyse zu unterziehen.

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by Victoria-Charlotte Browning

Strategien, Herausforderungen und Erwartungen
KAS welcomes four German foreign policy advisers to hold talks in New York.

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A world power on the way to a global security actor

Mikko Huotari, Head of International Relations at the Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS) presented the MERICS-study “China’s Emergence as a Global Security Actor” at a joint event organized by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and the American Council on Germany (ACG) on February 12th.

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Analyzing COP23 and building alliances to promote climate friendly policies in sub-Saharan Africa

by Victoria-Charlotte Browning

African climate change politicians and experts coming directly from COP23 in Bonn are participating in a KAS organized dialogue program at the United Nations.