Events

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.

Expert talk

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

Expert talk

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.

Expert conference

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

Expert talk

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.

Discussion

Agenda 2030 - KAS Internal Strategy Workshop

18 representatives of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, gathered for an internal Strategy Workshop in the KAS New York Office. The main aim was to discuss how KAS activities inside Germany and through offices all over the world can – and already do - support the implementation of the SDGs and how a more strategic approach can be applied.

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Migration and Demography in Sub Saharan Africa

Dr. Stephen Smith, Professor of African and African American Studies at Duke University and Author of The Scramble for Europe speaks at the New York Office of Konrad Adenauer Foundation on January 15th, 2019.

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New Year’s Reception with the German Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Dr. Christoph Heusgen

KAS New York Offices invites to a reception for alumni and current fellows of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) to commemorate Konrad Adenauer’s 143rd birthday. Ambassador Christoph Heusgen, Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations, is giving a keynote speech on the priorities during the German membership in the UN Security Council.

Event Reports

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.