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.

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Luncheon discussion with Dr. Gerd Müller and German nationals working for the United Nations

by Sebastian Borchmeyer

On September 24th, KAS New York office invited to a luncheon with Germany's Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Dr. Gerd Müller, 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.
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Reception and dinner of the ‘Global Investors for Sustainable Development’ Alliance

by Sebastian Borchmeyer

On September 24th, KAS New York hosted 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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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.

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Data as Political Capital

by Sebastian Borchmeyer

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.

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Evangelicals and Political Power in Latin America

by Sebastian Borchmeyer

José Luis Pérez Guadalupe, Professor at the Universidad del Pacifico in Peru, together with co-authors introduced the newest publication called Evangelicals and Political Power in Latin America at a book launch event at KAS New York. The meeting was co-organized by the KAS country office in Lima and featured contributing authors from Brazil, Costa Rica and Colombia presenting national case studies from their respective countries. The researchers also met with representatives of various United Nations agencies and faith-based institutions based in the New York City area.

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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.

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Crafting an Alliance for Multilateralism

by Sebastian Borchmeyer

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).

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Democracy Works

by Barbara Sabitzer

Together with its South African partner, The Brenthurst Foundation, the KAS office New York launched the study Democracy Works.

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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
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„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.