Events - Foundation Office New York
Strengthening the Voice of Europe at the United Nations
For many years, calls have been loud and clear for the European Union to become a more cohesive foreign policy player that „speaks with one voice“ and brings to bear the unified political weight of Europe in international affairs. With a few notable exceptions, these calls have produced very limited results. The EU, despite its formal aspirations for a Common Foreign and Security Policy, has never been able to transform itself into a heavyweight in international diplomacy. By and large, its relevance in the global arena comes mainly through its weight as a unified trading bloc and through the relative wealth of its core members. In the realm of security and defense and international crisis management, the EU is mostly perceived as a lightweight dependent on the United States for its security and the protection of its interests around the world. Its diplomatic power has thus come to bear mostly within the framework of transatlantic relations, and in tight lockstep with Washington.
Invitation to celebrate the new Green Industry Platform
To celebrate the re-launch of the Green Industry Platform, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) and the Green Growth Knowledge Partnership (GGKP) will hold an interactive walk-through of the new Platform. The Green Industry Platform is an easy-to-use online database of information, tools, and practical guidance to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) become more efficient, competitive and sustainable by going green. A joint initiative of the Global Green Growth Institute, the OECD, UN Environment, UNIDO, and the World Bank, under the auspices of the GGKP, the new Green Industry Platform builds on the current global momentum for addressing environmental challenges by providing a comprehensive and neutral sustainability knowledge platform for the business community. The platform is designed to encourage the discovery and application of cutting-edge knowledge to achieve real-world change, by advancing environmental sustainability and strengthening commercial competitiveness. Together with the Green Industry Platform founders, join industry and policy experts at this informal lunch session to discover the new Platform.
Dinner with Dr. Johann Wadephul
KAS New York cordially invites to a dinner event in honor of Dr. Johann Wadephul, Vice Chairman of the parliamentary group of the Christian Democratic Party (CDU) in the German Bundestag and member of the Foreign Affairs Committee addressing the topic of geopolitical shifts in strategic alliances.
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
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.
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
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.
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
Multilateralism under Scrutiny. Germany's role in development policy role with the United Nations
Dinner with Mr. Martin Jäger, State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development
Mit der Agenda 2030 hat sich die Weltgemeinschaft ein ehrgeiziges Programm zur nachhaltigen Entwicklung gesetzt in Zeiten, in denen die Herausforderungen kaum größer sein könnten. Phänomene wie Klimawandel und Migration erfordern auf der einen Seite globale Anstrengungen und multilaterale Lösungen. Auf der anderen Seite ist die politische Bereitschaft zur multilateralen Zusammenarbeit gesunken. Die America First Doktrin, ein selbstbewussteres Auftreten Chinas und weltweite nationalisti-sche/populistische Strömungen stellen Herausforderungen für den bisherigen wertebasierten Multilateralismus dar. Um die von der Agenda 2030 formulierten Zielvorgaben für nachhaltige Gesellschaften effizient und effektiv adressieren zu können, ist die multilaterale wie auch die bilaterale Entwicklungszusammenarbeit von großer Bedeutung. Deutschland nimmt als weltweit zweitgrößter nationaler Geber eine wichtige Gestaltungsrolle ein. In einer Zeit, in der mehr Kohärenz und Synergien benötigt werden, kann Deutschland wertvolle Akzente für die Wirksamkeit von Entwicklungszusammenarbeit setzen. Staatssekretär Martin Jäger, Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung, würde sich freuen, diese Themenfelder mit Ihnen im Rahmen eines Abendessens im kleinen Kreis bei der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung zu diskutieren.