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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

Am 24. September läd das New Yorker Büro der KAS zu einem Mittagessen mit Dr. Gerd Müller, Bundesminister für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung, sowie deutschen internationalen Mitarbeitern, die in verschiedenen UN-Organisationen tätig sind, ein. Anlass für den Aufenthalt von Dr. Gerd Müller in New York war der jährliche Besuch der UN-Generalversammlung und seine Teilnahme an den SDG-, Klima- und Gesundheitsgipfeln.

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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.

The American Jewish Committee (AJC) on the importance of diplomatic outreach at the UN

Der „diplomatische Marathon“ des AJC

Leaders of the American Jewish Committee (AJC) and members of the AJC’s Young Leadership Program (ACCESS) meet with KAS scholarship students to discuss advocacy efforts in the UN system.

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

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.

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

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.

The African Policy Circle goes UN

Progress, challenges and prospects in the implementation of the Agenda 2030

Empowering local influencers through dialogue on the 2030 Agenda

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.

UNI goes UNO

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.

„We need new laws for today´s realities“

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.

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.

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.

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.