Bonn Conference for Global Transformation

Event Type
Conference

Location/Date
12.05.2015 until 13.05.2015

Organiser
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the German federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia


Programme on Tuesday 12 May:

11:30 h
Panel
Global Transformation – one target, different views

While there is broad, if not universal agreement on the need for a global transformation for sustainable development, there is far less agreement on its urgency, priorities, on individual and collective responsibilities, on binding rules and obligations. Panelists will present their views on the rationale for a global transformation, on the forces that drive it and on the barriers that slow it down. They will also address the prospects for implementing global sustainable development goals in a world characterised by volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity.

Speakers:

  • Dirk Messner, Director, German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)
  • Alejandro Litovsky, Founder & Chief Executive, Earth Security Group, London
  • Vandana Shiva, Club of Rome and Recipient of the Right Livelihood Award, New Delhi
  • Daniele Violetti, Chief of Staff, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Bonn


14:30 h
Policy Forum II
Inclusive transformation – Reducing inequalities organised by German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

Inequality on a global level is soaring – between and within countries, between and within societal groups, between and within generations. Based upon available knowledge and data, the panel will present different perspectives on the factors and trends that drive inequality and will discuss options and possible solutions to reversing this trend.

Speakers:

  • Jean-Marc Fournier, Economist, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Paris
  • Rodrigo Martínez, Social Affairs officer, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Santiago de Chile
  • Claudia Roth, Member and Vice-President, German Bundestag, Berlin
  • Sanjit ‘Bunker’ Roy, Founder of Barefoot College, Tilonia
  • Daria Ukhova, Inequality Policy Advisor, Oxfam UK, Oxford


Moderator:

  • Tilman Altenburg, Head of Department, German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)


16:00 h
Workshop organised by German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) and University of Capetown
Realities of Decarbonization: Lessons from ongoing economic transformations

A burgeoning host of studies and integrated assessments contends that a comprehensive decarbonization of the global economy is indeed possible. At the same time, they emphasize the need to accelerate corresponding efforts, if the ensuing transformation is to be commensurate to limiting global warming to a maximum of 2°C. Accordingly, this workshop seeks to facilitate a better understanding of generic transformative strategies that respond to different national and regional contexts. It asks specifically how interests and actor constellations can be managed for the benefit of feasible decarbonization pathways. To this end the workshop will start by outlining the challenge of deep decarbonisation, and proceed to draw lessons from empirical studies on the political economy of transformative policies in developed and developing countries. It discusses strategies to generate "buy in" from the public and private sectors and highlights the potential of co-benefits to driving the implementation of ambitious policies that reach beyond "business as usual".

Speakers:

  • Mike Morris, Professor, University of Cape Town, South Africa
  • Anna Pegels, Senior Researcher, German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)
  • Guido Schmidt-Traub, Executive Director, Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), Paris, France
  • Hubert Schmitz, Professorial Fellow, IDS, Sussex, United Kingdom


Commentator:

  • Belynda Petrie, CEO OneWorld South Africa, Cape Town, South Africa


Moderator:

  • Clara Brandi, Senior Researcher, German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)


16:00 h
Workshop organised by Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
Sustainable, inclusive cities as drivers of global transformation

This workshop recognizes the many examples of inclusive development initiatives existing in urban contexts around the world. But inclusive transformation within cities remains a challenge. In this regard, the inclusion of the goal for sustainable cities and human settlements in the Sustainable Development Goals and Habitat III represent a promising framework for future action. The drafted SDG on cities, with its targets and indicators, is already playing a unique role in current discussions. This provides a great momentum for reaching consensus among the urban community on what inclusive cities should look like and what kind of transformation is needed.
As such, this workshop will address this debate on the SDG and on Habitat III, highlighting the next steps and consequences for the future agenda of cities worldwide, and German cities in particular. As the successful achievement of inclusive transformation depends on the effective integration of different stakeholders and on the applied methods and concepts, the guiding question is: What are the success factors for an effective and inclusive urban transformation?

Participants:

  • Hilmar von Lojewski, Association of German Cities
  • Günter Meinert, Programme Manager, Policy Advice for Urban Development, GIZ, Eschborn
  • Shin Wei Ng, Senior Policy Advisor, E3G
  • Aromar Revi, Co-Chair, SDSN Thematic Group on Sustainable Cities, and Director, Indian Institute for Human Settlements
  • Rüdiger Wagner, Executive Director, Environment and Health Division,  Bonn


18:00 h
Inspirational Outlook

  • Jeffrey D. Sachs, Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Kimoon on the Millennium Development Goals; Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, New York

 

 

Programme on Wednesday, 13 May:

10:00 h
Workshop organised by Bertelsmann Stiftung & Sustainable Development Solutions Network Germany (SDSN Germany)
Translating the SDGs into national and sub-national strategies

At the United Nations in September 2015, world leaders will agree upon a new framework for global transformation: the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). However, global transformation will only come about if the SDGs are adopted by actors at all levels. Against this backdrop, the workshop highlights the role of national and sub-national strategies for adopting and translating the SDGs, and addresses the following questions:

  • How should we characterise and assess the current situation regarding the framing of the SDGs and the emerging role of their national and sub-national implementation?
  • How can we build in general terms on lessons learned when designing strategies for sustainable development?
  • To what extent do vertical integration in particular and the alignment of strategic objectives with SDGs represent success factors for sustainable development strategies?


The workshop will open with two presentations on the current status of the international SDG-debate and the success factors that can generally be defined for strategies at national and sub-national level. Two case studies of specific success factors in strategy processes in North Rhine-Westphalia and Costa Rica will provide a broader picture. The discussion will involve comparison of the success factors presented with the experience of workshop participants.

Participants:

  • Jaime Echeverría, President and CEO, EAE Consult, San José, Costa Rica
  • Harald Heinrichs, Professor of Sustainability and Politics, Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Lüneburg, Germany
  • Christian Kroll, Project Manager, Bertelsmann Stiftung, Gütersloh, Germany
  • Marc-Oliver Pahl, Ministry for Climate Protection, Environment, Agriculture, Conservation and Consumer Protection of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia (MKULNV), Düsseldorf, Germany
  • Guido Schmidt-Traub, Executive Director, Sustainable Development Solutions Network, Paris, France


Moderator:

  • Imme Scholz, Deputy Director, German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)


10:00 h
Workshop

Transformative Alliances: How small groups of stakeholders could make a big difference

International cooperation is necessary to achieve a major transformation towards more just and sustainable societies in the global North and South. Smaller groups of stakeholders – including national and sub-national governments, civil society and businesses – could complement formal multilateral negotiations and make a significant contribution in this regard. Such alliances of pioneers could provide incentives, enable participants to go further faster and to maintain the international community’s ability to act. This has been proven already in the area of security policy, for example with the Coalition for the International Criminal Court or the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect.
During the workshop, we will discuss how such an approach could work in the area of climate change. While there are many initiatives and partnerships already in existence in the sustainability sector, many of them only support incremental change at best. We suggest that a new type of alliance is necessary for transformational change.

The workshop will explore the vision, criteria and benefits of such alliances. On a more specific level, we will also try to figure out what institutional arrangements might look like, which countries, regions and stakeholders would be potential members, and what options are available to middle powers such as Germany, regional actors such as the EU, and sub-national entities such as the German federal states.

Participants:

  • Kirsten Meersschaert Duchens, Europe Coordinator, Coalition for the International Criminal Court (CICC), The Hague, Netherlands
  • Michèle Roth, Executive Director, Development and Peace Foundation (sef:), Bonn
  • Rafael Senga, Manager, Energy Policy Asia Pacific, WWF International, Manila
  • Lutz Weischer, Germanwatch, Bonn, Germany


Moderator:

  • Silke Weinlich, Senior Researcher, German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)

 

 


Bonn Conference for Global Transformation

12-13 May 2015

  1. On 12 May 2015 hundreds of participants were welcomed at the Bonn Conference For Global Transformation, organised by the State Government of North Rhine-Westphalia and GIZ. The German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) was also present with several activities and reported live via Twitter! @DIE_GDI

  2. The Bonn Conference for Global Transformation just started. Several activities by #DIEGDI. #BonnConference http://t.co/Bcxuw1WnJC

    The Bonn Conference for Global Transformation just started. Several activities by #DIEGDI. #BonnConference pic.twitter.com/Bcxuw1WnJC

  3. German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) reported from the #BonnConference. Watch the video here:

  4. German Development Institute at the Bonn Conference for Global Transformation 2015

  5. Es ist soweit: die #BonnConference startet. 2 Tage "From Politics to Implementation". @NRWpunktDE http://t.co/R4Sq6ib8ze

    Es ist soweit: die #BonnConference startet. 2 Tage "From Politics to Implementation". @NRWpunktDE pic.twitter.com/R4Sq6ib8ze

  6. For many people present, the old German Parliament in the former capital Bonn was a very special location for this extraordinary event.

  7. Sts Kitschelt vom @BMZ_Bund: wir brauchen neue Wege der Entwicklungsfinanzierung in Addis Abeba. #BonnConference http://t.co/3YSChTTzyR

    Sts Kitschelt vom @BMZ_Bund: wir brauchen neue Wege der Entwicklungsfinanzierung in Addis Abeba. #BonnConference pic.twitter.com/3YSChTTzyR

  8. eine Welt ohne #Hunger ist möglich - schon heute. Die #G7 muss Verantwortung übernehmen, sagt Kitschelt @BMZ_Bund #BonnConference #DIEGDI

  9. The conference hashtag #BonnConference was trending in Germany!

  10. Among the speakers was also Staatssekretär Friedrich Kitschelt from the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

  11. Sts Kitschelt aus dem @BMZ_Bund: ohne Frauen keine nachhaltige Entwicklung. #SDGs #BonnConference http://t.co/ldjAqWUD89

    Sts Kitschelt aus dem @BMZ_Bund: ohne Frauen keine nachhaltige Entwicklung. #SDGs #BonnConference pic.twitter.com/ldjAqWUD89

  12. Staatssekretär Friedrich Kitschelt @BMZ_Bund Nicht Abbau von Wohlstand sondern Umbau! #BonnConference for Global Transformation @NRWpunktDE

  13. DIE-Director Dirk Messner spoke during a discussion round with special guests Yunus Arikan, Head of Global Advocacy and Policy; Alejandro Litovsky, Founder of Earth Security Group, Vadana Shiva, Club of Rome, and Daniele Violetti, Chief of Staff at UNFCCC.

  14. We need preventive actions of transformation before a crisis forces us to change, says Dirk Messner. #BonnConference http://t.co/5UA016AGbN

    We need preventive actions of transformation before a crisis forces us to change, says Dirk Messner. #BonnConference pic.twitter.com/5UA016AGbN

  15. Saying nope to the trade-off-narrative: "biodiversity enhances food security" Vandana Shiva at #BonnConference. pollinators 4 transformation

  16. Vandana Shiva of Club of Rome is criticising the notion of growth being more important to fight poverty than sustainability #bonnconference

  17. "A good farmer is not just producing food, but conserving the land." said @drvandanashiva at #BonnConference http://t.co/cTd5a7fSga

    "A good farmer is not just producing food, but conserving the land." said @drvandanashiva at #BonnConference pic.twitter.com/cTd5a7fSga

  18. Dirk Messner: Information, Computer and Technology is the driver of every single #SDG. In good or bad. #DIEGDI #BonnConference

  19. "It is not enough to say we have a problem. We need a vision" - DIE-Director Dirk Messner said and argued: "The Sustainable Development Goals are a vision".

  20. Daniele Violetti of @UNFCCC: finance needs to be a key component of #Paris2015 to be a success. #BonnConference http://t.co/ZctEYEfCs9

    Daniele Violetti of @UNFCCC: finance needs to be a key component of #Paris2015 to be a success. #BonnConference pic.twitter.com/ZctEYEfCs9

  21. In the plenary chamber of the German Bundestag DIE's department head Tilman Altenburg moderated a Policy Forum titled "Inclusive Tranformation - Reducing Inequalities". Claudia Roth, Vice President of the German Parliament, emphasized gender inequality in Germany and asked: "Do we have a democracy for the rich in Germany?"

  22. A firework of arguments setting the agenda-#DIEGDI's Tilman Altenburg about politician Claudia Roth talking about inequality#BonnConference

  23. We have to recognise that also Germany is a developing country regarding social inequality. C. Roth #BonnConference http://t.co/RMI5OWsY0C

    We have to recognise that also Germany is a developing country regarding social inequality. C. Roth #BonnConference pic.twitter.com/RMI5OWsY0C

  24. Claudia Roth: Wenn Deutschland #Nachhaltigkeit schafft, dann versuchen viele andere Länder es auch. #BonnConference

  25. Sanjit Bunker Roy @BarefootCollege never underestimate the capacity of poor people #BonnConference

  26. In the afternoon, the participants met in different workshops in order to convert principles into practice. Here an impression from the United Nations University's Institute for Environment and Human Security workshop on "Integrated Education Systems as a Basis for Global Transformation".

  27. We want to cross the boundary between universities and corporations says Dr Bode #BonnConference @h_bonnrheinsieg http://t.co/K1A7y2HLo5

    We want to cross the boundary between universities and corporations says Dr Bode #BonnConference @h_bonnrheinsieg pic.twitter.com/K1A7y2HLo5

     

     

     

Event information

Date
12.05.2015 until 13.05.2015

© German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)

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Knowledge Systems and Change in Climate Governance - Comparing India and South Africa

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