Events

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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Event Reports

„Hoffentlich sind wir nicht schon zu spät dran“

by Magdalena Jetschgo-Morcillo

Extremismus-Prävention an der Schnittstelle von EZA und Sicherheitspolitik
Alexander Avanessov hat über 30 Jahre Erfahrung im Bereich Entwicklung und wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit. Kurz vor dem Sommer hat er die Koordination der globalen PVE -Programme des UN-Entwicklungsprogramms UNDP übernommen. Bei einer Veranstaltung am 28. Juli im New Yorker KAS-Büro, die gemeinsam mit dem Global Center on Cooperative Security organisiert wurde, äußerte Avanessov seine Sorge darüber, dass mit der systematischen Integration von PVE in die breitere Entwicklungszusammenarbeit reichlich spät begonnen wurde.

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“Just imagine: In 20 years when Europe will be looking for workers, every African will have gone to China …”

by Christina Catherine Krause, Magdalena Jetschgo-Morcillo

The United Nation’s quest for a global migration governance
This scenario was drawn – with a twinkle in the eye but probably also with a grain of truth – in the context of a dialogue program for migration experts hosted by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung in New York. This dialogue program took place from May 21st to 24th and marked the beginning of a research project on “Regional Cooperation in Migration Management and Refugee Protection”. Throughout the next twelve months ten experts from all parts of the world will study the status-quo and potentials of regional cooperation in the area of migration-management and refugee protection.

Event Reports

Institutions as the “rules of the game” in international relations

by Victoria-Charlotte Browning

Germany, the United Nations, and Multilateral Organizations
In cooperation with the American Council on Germany (ACG), the KAS New York Office hosted a discussion round with Matthias Meis, Head of Division for Strategic Planning and Management at the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) on May 4th 2017. Mr. Meis, who traveled to Washington D.C. and New York as part of a KAS-delegation of German influencers from various professional backgrounds within the public and private sector shared his observations and insights on current challenges in development policy.

Event Reports

The African Policy Circle goes UN

by Victoria-Charlotte Browning

Progress, challenges and prospects in the implementation of the Agenda 2030
Empowering local influencers through dialogue on the 2030 Agenda

Event Reports

Kissinger salutes Adenauer

Das "Making-Of" der Berliner Festrede
Dr. Kissinger records a video message in his Manhattan office for Adenauer's commmemoration ceremony in Berlin.

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UNI goes UNO

by Magdalena Jetschgo-Morcillo

Chemnitz University of Technology´s NMUN-Delegation
On March 17th, 2017 the Model United Nations delegation from Chemnitz University of Technology visited KAS New York. The group of 12 students participates in the simulation “National Model United Nations” that takes place in New York from March 19th to 23rd, 2017.

Event Reports

„We need new laws for today´s realities“

by Magdalena Jetschgo-Morcillo

Breakfast briefing
On March 14th, Member of the German Bundestag Ursula Groden-Kranich, visited the new KAS office in New York for a breakfast briefing. She was in New York to attend the sixty-first session of the Commission on the Status of Women which took place at the United Nations Headquarters from 13 to 24 March 2017. The breakfast briefing, which was co-organized together with the American Council on Germany (ACG) focused on gender equity in a changing work environment. Ms. Groden-Kranich shared her insights on the topic and made clear why it is still necessary to fight the gender gap.

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A place to contribute to the ongoing discussions at the UN and a hub for the exchange of ideas in the world context

Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung opened new office in New York
On January 23, the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung opened its New York office in the historic News Building in midtown - with a great view towards the UN headquarters. The opening ceremony was held in presence of Ambassador Professor Harald Braun, Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations, high ranking representatives of the UN, Jewish organizations in the U.S. and political think tanks. Gerhard Wahlers, Deputy Secretary General of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, stressed the great importance of the new location for the international work of the foundation.

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„Die Diplomatie ist zu wichtig, als dass man sie den Diplomaten überlassen sollte“

Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung eröffnet Büro in New York für Themen der Vereinten Nationen
In Anwesenheit des Deutschen Botschafters bei den Vereinten Nationen Dr. Harald Braun, hochrangiger UN-Vertreter, Repräsentanten jüdischer Organisationen in den USA und politischer Think Tanks betonte der stellvertretende Generalsekretär der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Dr. Gerhard Wahlers, die Bedeutung des Standortes New York für die internationale Arbeit der Stiftung.