Schedule

 

Schedule 12 - 13 May 2015, World Conference Center Bonn

Moderated by Melinda Crane and Natasha Walker

Tuesday
Wednesday
Workshops
9:00 am

Welcome

Angelica Schwall-Düren
Tanja Gönner

Speaker information

  • Angelica Schwall-Düren

    Angelica Schwall-Düren

    Minister for Federal Affairs, Europe and the Media, State of North Rhine-Westphalia, Düsseldorf


    Dr Angelica Schwall-Düren was appointed Minister of Federal Affairs, Europe and the Media in the German Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) in 2010. She is also NRW's representative to the German federation. From 1994 to 2010 she was a member of the German Bundestag (parliament) – as of 1998 in the capacity of Parliamentary Secretary, and as of 2002 as Vice-Chairperson for Affairs of the European Union on behalf of the SPD parliamentary group. Prior to her election to the Bundestag, Dr Schwall-Düren taught at a grammar school in Ahaus and Gronau while also receiving training as a family therapist and supervisor. Dr Schwall-Düren studied history, political science and French in Montpellier, Münster and Freiburg, where she completed her PhD in economics and social history.

  • Tanja Gönner

    Tanja Gönner

    Chair of the Management Board, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Bonn / Eschborn


    Tanja Gönner became Chair of the Management Board of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in 2012. Prior to that, she served as Minister for the Environment, Nature Protection and Transport as well as Minister for Social Affairs in the German Federal State of Baden-Württemberg. From 2002 to 2004 she was a member of the German Bundestag. She joined the CDU in 1987 and served on its federal executive board from 2000 to 2012. As part of her ministerial duties, she took part in the international Climate Change Conferences in Poznan in 2008 and Copenhagen in 2009. Tanja Gönner studied law in Tübingen and was articled to the Ravensburg district court. Following her admission to the German bar, she became a partner in a German law firm. Tanja Gönner is involved in a large number of honorary activities. 

9:30 am

Global Transformation - Challenges and Solutions

Friedrich Kitschelt

Speaker information

  • Friedrich Kitschelt

    Friedrich Kitschelt

    State Secretary of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development


    Dr Friedrich Kitschelt was appointed State Secretary of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in January 2014. From 2010 to 2013, he was head of the Directorate-General for Africa and Latin America; Global and Sectoral Affairs. He held various positions at the BMZ, including Director for Asia, Commissioner for Afghanistan and Commissioner for Europe. He also spent some time working at the Federal Chancellery, where he headed the division for North-South relations and human rights policy of the German government. Friedrich Kitschelt spent more than 12 years working abroad, in countries such as Jamaica, India, Kenya and Belgium. He trained as a journalist and read sociology, economics and law at the Albertus Magnus University of Cologne and the University of Bielefeld.

10:00 am

Driving Transformation: A Mind Shift

John Elkington
Su Kahumbu Stephanou

Global transformation goes beyond the scope of international agreements and macroeconomic logic. The shift to sustainable and decent livelihoods affects all facets of our daily lives. It also requires a reset of our collective mindsets and a greater awareness that we are all in the driver’s seat. The speakers in this session will reflect on the ingredients needed to kick-start big transformative ideas locally and to inspire others to join their ‘transformative journey’.

Speaker information

  • John Elkington

    John Elkington

    Executive Chairman, Volans Ventures, London


    John Elkington is a writer and thinker, a serial-entrepreneur and an ‘advisor from the future’. He is Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Volans, a consultancy and think-tank focussed on driving market-based solutions to the future’s greatest challenges. John Elkington is also Honorary Chairman of SustainAbility. As well as sitting on some 30 boards and advisory boards, he has just released his 19th book alongside Jochen Zeitz, former CEO of PUMA and now co-chair, with Sir Richard Branson, of The B Team. The book, titled "The Breakthrough Challenge: 10 Ways to Connect Today’s Profits with Tomorrow’s Bottom Line" comes full circle from John’s 1997 "Cannibals with Forks", where he first introduced the Triple Bottom Line concept.

  • Su Kahumbu Stephanou

    Su Kahumbu Stephanou

    Creative Director, Green Dreams TECH Ltd., Nairobi


    Su Kahumbu Stephanou is a Kenyan farmer and a pioneer of organic food in Africa. A social entrepreneur, she founded her own companies – Green Dreams Ltd und Green Dreams Tech Ltd. – which she continues to head to this day. Furthermore, she is a TED Global Fellow and constantly searching for creative solutions to sustainably improve the lives of smallholders in Africa. 

    Su Kahumbu Stephanou first started cultivating organic vegetables in Kenya in 1997. Her business grew rapidly and for a short while she supplied mainstream supermarkets before starting her own organic shop in 2005. She built up a network that enables hundreds of Kenyan smallholders to learn from her experience with regard to the production, marketing, distribution, trading and sale of organic produce. In 2010, she developed the mobile learning platform iCow that has earned prizes around the globe. 

11:30 am

Global Transformation: One Target – Different Views

Yunus Arikan
Alejandro Litovsky
Dirk Messner
Vandana Shiva
Daniele Violetti

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 characterized by volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity.

Speaker information

  • Yunus Arikan

    Yunus Arikan

    Head of Global Policy and Advocacy, ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, Germany


    Since 2013, Yunus Arikan has been Head of Global Policy and Advocacy, leading ICLEI´s work at the United Nations, with intergovernmental agencies and on multilateral environmental agreements. In 2009, he started his career at the World Secretariat of ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability in Bonn, Germany. His work there focuses on climate change and has included coordinating the Low Carbon City Agenda, establishing the Bonn Center for Local Climate  Action and Reporting (carbonn), managing the secretariat of the World Mayors Council on Climate Change and acting as the focal point for the Local Governments and Municipal Authorities Constituency to the UNFCCC. Between 2002 and 2008, he played an active role in promoting progressive climate change policies in Turkey and Central and Eastern Europe, specifically in Turkey´s involvement in the international climate process and its accession to the Kyoto Protocol in 2009.

  • Alejandro Litovsky

    Alejandro Litovsky

    Founder & Chief Executive, Earth Security Group


    Alejandro Litovsky is a strategic advisor to companies, governments and global initiatives on emerging sustainability risks and strategies to manage stakeholder relationships in emerging markets. He is the recipient of the 2012 BMW Foundation Young Leader Award and the 2004 Hobhouse Memorial Prize by the London School of Economics, where he obtained his MSc in Political Sociology. He is Argentinean and has lived in London for 11 years where he has held senior positions with sustainability consultancies, advising and shaping the position of companies, investors and governments on their exposure to environmental, social & governance (ESG) risks in emerging economies.

  • Dirk Messner

    Dirk Messner

    Director, German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), Bonn


    Dirk Messner has been the Director of the German Development Institute since 2003 and is a professor at the Institute of Political Science at the University of Duisburg-Essen. Previously he was the Academic Director at the Institute of Development and Peace at the University of Duisburg. He is the Co-Chair of the Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU) to the German Federal Government and Member of the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development.

    Mr Messner’s main areas of focus include globalisation and global governance, the impacts of climate change on international development, and low-carbon transformation paths.

  • Vandana Shiva

    Vandana Shiva

    Club of Rome and Recipient of the Right Livelihood Award, New Delhi


    Dr. Vandana Shiva trained as a Physicist at the University of Punjab, and completed her Ph.D. on the ‘Hidden Variables and Non-locality in Quantum Theory’ from the University of Western Ontario, Canada.

    In 1982, she founded an independent institute – the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology in Dehra Dun – dedicated to high quality and independent research to address the most significant ecological and social issues of our times. In 1991 she founded Navdanya, a national movement to protect the diversity and integrity of living resources – especially native seed – and to promote organic farming and fair trade. In 2004, Dr. Shiva started Bija Vidyapeeth, an international college for sustainable living in Doon Valley in collaboration with Schumacher College, U.K.

    In November 2010, Forbes Magazine identified Dr. Shiva as one of the Seven Most Powerful Women on the Globe.

  • Daniele Violetti

    Daniele Violetti

    Chief of Staff, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)


    Daniele Violetti is the Chief of Staff of the secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Prior to his current position he served as Coordinator for the United Nations Secretary-General's High-level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing (AGF) at United Nation Headquarters in New York. He has extensive experience working on issues related to the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) under the Kyoto Protocol. He served as Secretary to the CDM Executive Board (EB) and was a Manager in the CDM Process Management unit within the Sustainable Development Mechanisms programme at the UNFCCC secretariat.

    Mr. Violetti holds a PhD in Environmental Protection from the Università degli Studi di Bologna.

2:30 pm

Policy Forum I: Green Transformation – Achieving Sustainable Energy for All

Obaid Amrane
Sven Becker
Xianzhang Lei
Tania Rödiger-Vorwerk
Christine Lins (Moderation)

Sustainable energy – energy that is available to all, affordable, reliable and modern – is vital to all dimensions of sustainability: the ecological preservation of our planet, economic growth and human progress all depend upon sustainable energy. Adequately balancing these dimensions, however, remains an enormous task in all societies and countries. The panelists of Policy Forum I will provide insights into their assessment of this global challenge and provide ideas on confronting it. They will address the key question of how to provide billions of people and an increasing number of emerging economies with sustainable energy.

Moderated by Christine Lins, Executive Secretary, REN21 Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century, Paris

Speaker information

  • Obaid Amrane

    Obaid Amrane

    Board Member, Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy (MASEN), Morocco


    Mr Obaid Amrane is a Board Member of the Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy (MASEN). Prior to joining MASEN, he was the Director General of GCE Morocco and worked for BPCE Group in Paris. Mr Amrane has held several executive positions in the Moroccan Ministry of Finance. He has a background in engineering and finance. He was certified as a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) from the CFA Institute in 2005.

  • Sven Becker

    Sven Becker

    Managing Director (CEO), Trianel GmbH, Aachen


    Sven Becker studied Economics in Kiel and Dublin and holds an MBA of Chicago University. He entered the Energy Industry in 1993 when joining Ruhrgas AG which seconded him to BP London for two years from 1995 to 1997. In 1998 he joined Enron, where he held various origination and trading responsibilities in London, Oslo, Portland/Oregon and Frankfurt. From 2002 to 2004 he worked for Statkraft Markets GmbH, before he joined Trianel as CEO in 2005.
    Sven Becker holds various board positions in the Trianel group, as well as in energy associations. He also lectures on Energy Trading & Risk Management at Aachen University.

  • Xianzhang Lei

    Xianzhang Lei

    Director General of European Representative Office, State Grid Corporation of China


    Dr Xianzhang Lei is the Director General for the European Representative Office of the State Grid Corporation of China. He received his PhD from the Technical University of Berlin in Germany and completed postdoctoral studies at Yale University in the USA. Subsequently he joined Siemens in Germany as a senior manager for power systems. Since 2010 he has been working for the State Grid Corporation of China in Beijing and in Frankfurt.

  • Tania Rödiger-Vorwerk

    Tania Rödiger-Vorwerk

    Deputy Director General for Sustainable Development, Natural Resources, Economic Policy and Infrastructure, Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Berlin


    Dr. Tania Rödiger-Vorwerk is the Deputy Director General at Directorate 31 “Sustainable Development, Natural Resources, Economic Policy and Infrastructure” in the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Prior to her work at the BMZ, she was Deputy Head of the Department of International Affairs and Protocol of the City of Bonn as well as a senior consultant at the international management consultancy Kienbaum. She studied Law and Northern Languages at the University of Freiburg and Munich, going on to earn a degree in law from the University of Munich, and her PhD in European Environmental Law.

  • Christine Lins (Moderation)

    Christine Lins (Moderation)

    Executive Secretary, REN21 Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century, Paris


    Christine Lins was appointed Executive Secretary of REN21 – the Renewable Energy Policy Network of the 21st Century – in July 2011. REN21 is a global public-private multi-stakeholder network on renewable energy headquarted at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Paris, France, that links up international organisations, governments, industry associations, research and academia as well as NGOs working in the field of renewable energy. Between 2001 and 2011, Ms. Lins served as Secretary General of the European Renewable Energy Council. Before that, she worked for an Austrian energy agency specialising in the regional promotion of energy efficiency and renewable energy sources. Christine Lins holds a Master's degree in international economics and applied languages.

2:30 pm

Policy Forum II: Inclusive Transformation – Reducing Inequalities

Jean-Marc Fournier
Rodrigo Martínez
Claudia Roth
Sanjit ‘Bunker’ Roy
Daria Ukhova
Tilman Altenburg (Moderation)

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.

Moderated by Tilman Altenburg, Head of Department, German Development Institute (DIE), Bonn

Speaker information

  • Jean-Marc Fournier

    Jean-Marc Fournier

    Economist, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Paris


    Jean-Marc Fournier, a French national, has worked as an economist at the OECD Economics Department since 2010. Between 2012 and 2014, he was assigned to the EU, Euro Area and Luxembourg Desk but is currently employed in the Public Economics Division where he specialises in the effect of growth-enhancing policies on income distribution. A former employee in INSEE’s Forecasting Department, he is also Adjunct Professor at ENSAE and the author of a number of scientific publications on macroeconomics, the financial crisis, income inequality and econometrics. Jean-Marc Fournier is a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique, the ENSAE and the EHESS.

  • Rodrigo Martínez

    Rodrigo Martínez

    Social Affairs officer, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Santiago de Chile


    Rodrigo Martínez is the Social Affairs Officer of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and currently coordinating the social protection component of the ECLAC-BMZ/GIZ Cooperation Program on Structural change for sustainable and inclusive development in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Chilean sociologist has twenty two years of international experience in the field of social policies. He coordinates studies and projects related to hunger and malnutrition, social costs and expenditure and management of social policies. His publications include "The economic impact of social policies", "Poverty and urban precariousness in Latin America and the Caribbean" and "Inclusive Social Protection in Latin America. A comprehensive, rights-based approach".

  • Claudia Roth

    Claudia Roth

    Vice president of the German Bundestag, Berlin


    Claudia Roth was born in Ulm in 1955. After obtaining her Abitur (higher-education entrance qualification), she went on to study Theatre Studies at LMU Munich. After two semesters, she left the lecture halls for the theatre and worked as dramaturge at the Städtische Bühnen theatre in Dortmund and Hoffmans Comic Teater in Unna. From 1982 to 1985 she managed the rock band Ton Steine Scherben. She was press spokeswoman for the first parliamentary group of the Greens in the Bundestag. In 1989 she was elected to the European Parliament and remained a member until 1998. From 1994, she was chairwoman of The Greens in the European Parliament. She was elected to the German Bundestag in 1998 and from 1998 to March 2001 served as chairwoman of the newly formed Committee on Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid. From March 2003 to October 2004 she was  Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid at the Federal Foreign Office. Roth was elected chairwoman of Alliance 90/The Greens for the first time in 2001, and was subsequently re-elected in 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012. She left this post in 2013 and was elected a Vice President of the German Bundestag on 22 October.

  • Sanjit ‘Bunker’ Roy

    Sanjit ‘Bunker’ Roy

    Founder, Barefoot College, India


    Sanjit ‘Bunker’ Roy is the founder and director of Barefoot College - a non-governmental organization that provides basic services and solutions to problems in rural communities with the objective of making them self-sufficient and sustainable. These ‘Barefoot solutions’ can be broadly categorized into the delivery of Solar Electrification, Clean Water, Education, Livelihood Development, and Activism. 

    Indian-born Sanjit ‘Bunker’ Roy was a well-educated Squash Champion and St Stephens College graduate when his “real education started: He moved to the poorest state of India, Bihar, and started digging wells for drinking water as an unskilled worker. There, he founded the first Barefoot College for the poor, which was also built and managed by the rural poor. It is the only College in India where traditional knowledge and practical skills of the poor are given more importance and priority than paper degrees or qualifications. 

    In 2010, the Time Magazine identified Sanjit ‘Bunker’ Roy as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. His 2011 TED talk on the Barefoot movement has been translated into 42 languages and has been viewed online 3.4 million times.

  • Daria Ukhova

    Daria Ukhova

    Inequality Policy Advisor, Oxfam OK, Oxford


    Daria Ukhova is a policy adviser within Oxfam´s new campaign against inequality. She previously worked as a regional research officer and later research and policy development coordinator on Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States for the MECIS region. 

    Prior to joining Oxfam, she held a range of short-term research positions with the UN Economic Commission for Europe, Transparency International, and the Regional Office for Europe of the World Health Organization, focusing on gender and other social inequalities in access to social services in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.

  • Tilman Altenburg (Moderation)

    Tilman Altenburg (Moderation)

    Head of Department, German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), Bonn


    • since 2006: German Development Institute, Head of Department „Sustainable Economic and Social Development”
    • 2000-2006: German Development Institute, Head of Department „Latin America”
    • 1995-2000: Researcher
    • 1994-1995: Scholarship of German Research Association: Research on "World market integration and industrial competi-tiveness exemplified by small Latin American countries"
    • 1992-1994: Research fellow of Philipps University Marburg, Research project "Trade liberalization and deregulation in small Third World countries"
    • 1989-1991: Scholarship of German Academic Exchange Service, Research on "Possibilities and limits of regional development in peripheral areas of Costa Rica"
    • 1986-1989: Research fellow of the Latin American Institute of the Free University Berlin, Research project "Agro-industrial development as key to overcome the crisis in Costa Rica?"
    • 1991: PhD in Economic Geography, Thesis on: “Regional Economic Development. Case Studies from Peripheral Regions in Costa Rica”
4:00 pm

Workshop 1 – Industrial relations for a green economy

European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), German Trade Union Confederation (DGB) North Rhine-Westphalia

The workshop will demonstrate that trade unions have a key role to play in the transition towards a green economy. For many years now, trade unions have been supporting efforts to make a low-carbon and resource efficient economy in Europe and internationally. This is an absolute priority since what is at stake is preserving the habitability of our planet.

However, it is crucial that the social dimension becomes a central component of a transition towards a low-carbon and resource-efficient economy. We need a policy framework for a ‘just transition’. Such a framework should aim at supporting climate and environmental policies with a set of labour instruments that will maximise the potential to create quality jobs, while cushioning the possible negative impacts of the transition.

‘Just transition’ also means that the transition towards a low-carbon and resource-efficient economy must include initiatives to promote social dialogue and workers’ participation. Workers have a role to play in greening their workplace and must also be able to anticipate the changes and restructuring which could impact them. 

Why you cannot afford to miss this workshop
The greening of enterprises, workplaces and the labour market as a whole is an enormous challenge for trade unions. How can trade unions become active agents for change? What have been their experiences? How do they maintain the balance between the need to maintain jobs in traditional industries and the need to build low-carbon sustainable societies? The workshop presents recent examples and lessons learnt from European trade union activities. Share your views with trade unionists in a world café.

Presenters

  • Benjamin Denis, Advisor, ETUC, Brussels, Belgium
  • Lene Olsen, Senior Specialist, ILO-ACTRAV (Bureau for Workers’ Activities), Geneva, Switzerland
  • Achim Vanselow, Head of Department for Economic Policy, German Trade Union Confederation (DGB NRW), Düsseldorf, Germany
  • World Café: Trade union representatives from Belgium, France, Greece and Italy

Organisers
European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC)
DGB NRW

4:00 pm

Workshop 2 – Realities of decarbonisation: lessons from ongoing economic transformations

German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), University of Cape Town

A rapidly increasing number of studies and integrated assessments contend that comprehensive decarbonisation of the global economy is indeed possible. At the same time, they emphasize the need to step up relevant efforts if the ensuing transformation is to be compatible with 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 decarbonisation 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 will discuss strategies for generating ‘buy-in’ from the public and private sectors and will highlight the potential of co-benefits to driving the implementation of ambitious policies that go beyond ‘business as usual’.

Why you cannot afford to miss this workshop

  • The workshop will stress the feasibility of decarbonisation and then focus on the oft-neglected political and economic hurdles to this transformation: who is in favour of the necessary policy measures, who is against them, and why?
  • The workshop will show how political and economic hurdles can be overcome and how can we ensure that we get both the public sector and the private sector on board
  • The workshop will discuss the practical realities of decarbonisation in specific national contexts and outline the lessons that can be learned for different types of countries.

Presenters

  • Mike Morris, Professor, University of Cape Town, South Africa
  • Anna Pegels, Senior Researcher, DIE, Bonn, Germany
  • 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

Facilitator
Clara Brandi, Senior Researcher, DIE, Bonn, Germany

Organisers
German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)
University of Cape Town

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4:00 pm

Workshop 3 – Transforming energy systems: experiences from industrial regions

Cluster EnergieForschung.NRW, Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI) in Essen, Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy GmbH

The energy transition – the so-called ‘Energiewende’ – requires a profound change in Germany’s evolved energy system that entails significant challenges concerning existing infrastructure and production processes. Along with technical solutions, the energy transition must be embedded in appropriate political, social, cultural and institutional contexts. For example the experience in North Rhine-Westphalia shows that innovative planning and steering processes, participation formats, new business sectors, and specific forms of transformation design are needed.

The workshop focuses on these non-technical transformation aspects of the energy transition. In his keynote address, Franz Mauelshagen will outline the history of the topic and examine what we can learn from historical transformational processes. Klaus Töpfer will discuss the opportunities and risks related to large-scale transformation. In a third keynote speech, Andrew Karvonen will contribute an international perspective using the example of the local energy transformation taking place in Manchester. A discussion with other participants will round-up the day to address the role of technical and socio-economic aspects in shaping transformation processes and the importance of regional activities for the global implementation of an energy transition.

Why you cannot afford to miss this workshop

By focusing on energy system transformation, the workshop highlights one of the most important thematic priorities in the global transformation debate. While the debate about the future supply of energy is often limited to the technical possibilities, this workshop focuses on the social, economic and cultural dimensions. The workshop’s speakers will provide diverse perspectives on the topic. By drawing attention to historical transformation processes and highlighting international experience, the workshop will help to enrich the current national discussion while placing it in context.

Presenters

  • Manfred Fischedick, Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy GmbH, Germany
  • Andrew Karvonen, Lecturer for Architecture and Urbanism, The University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom
  • Franz Mauelshagen, Research Associate, Rachel Carson Center, Munich, Germany

Facilitator
Manfred Fischedick, Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy GmbH, Germany

Organisers
Cluster EnergieForschung.NRW
Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI) in Essen
Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy GmbH

4:00 pm

Workshop 4 – DPDHL: on the transformational path towards sustainable supply chains

Deutsche Post DHL Group

When Deutsche Post DHL set a voluntary target in 2008 for improving its carbon efficiency by 30% by 2020 (baseline 2007), it was the first company in its sector to do so and has since led the way in sustainable logistics provision. While the company is progressing towards its 2020 target, it also recognises that the expectations of its stakeholders, be they employees, customers, investors or society at large, are evolving. In 2013, DPDHL embarked on a new journey to revolutionise the way it achieves its environmental objectives by shifting the focus to customer engagement, viewing sustainability through a wider lens and furthering its ambition to be an all-round responsible business.

In the workshop, DPDHL will explain how the company has gone about making these changes and discuss the key driving forces in the process. Furthermore, it will share its experience of engaging the entire company in a debate about sustainable objectives and how to achieve them. Together with the participants, the workshop organisers hope to determine what a sustainable supply chain should look like for the coming decade.

Key topics to discuss in the workshop will be

  • Transformation in a global organisation: what are the key factors?
  • Defining the future of (sustainable) supply chains/transportation/logistics

Why you cannot afford to miss this workshop

Based on the DPDHL case study, this workshop affords a deeper insight into a successful transformational strategy for sustainable supply chains. The case study will be presented by two key actors who are involved in the transformational process. Attending the workshop will give participants the opportunity to engage in discussion and learn from each other’s experiences.

Presenters

  • Amanda de Silva, Manager, Corporate Communications & Responsibility, DHL Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, Singapore
  • Wing Huo, Head of Responsible Business Practice Team, DPDHL, Bonn, Germany
  • Katharina Tomoff, Vice President Shared Value, DPDHL, Bonn, Germany

Organiser
Deutsche Post DHL Group

4:00 pm

Workshop 5 – How to achieve universal access to sustainable and modern energy services

Energising Development Partnership (EnDev)

Sustainable development is not possible without sustainable energy. Access to modern energy services is central to human development and an investment in our collective future. Therefore, in 2011 UN General Secretary Ban Ki-moon launched the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) initiative with the goal of making universal access to energy a reality by 2030.

Universal access to energy is also expected to be one of the sustainable development goals (SDGs), making energy supply an issue of strategic importance in international development cooperation for years to come. This workshop will focus on approaches and pathways to achieving this goal and will highlight the challenges and practical solutions regarding universal access to energy. Experts will briefly illustrate best practices on the ground and reveal policy solutions on the national and global level, and share their visions and experience with the audience.

Why you cannot afford to miss this workshop

This Workshop is part of the theme: Global Transformation: Achieving Sustainable Energy for All. Universal access to energy is currently the goal of many international initiatives, and a main objective of the UN Decade Sustainable Energy for All as well as Goal 7 of the SDG.

The challenges facing a global energy transition are manifold. Apart from meeting increasing energy needs, especially in developing countries, it is an immense global task to transform the energy sector from fossil fuels to sustainable energy systems while eradicating energy poverty that still prevails in many countries of the Global South.

This workshop will outline the political, economic and social challenges of a green transformation with the goal of universal access to energy, outline solutions on the ground, demonstrate best practices, and illustrate visions and concepts from stakeholders in the international political arena.

Presenters

  • Lennart Deridder, European Commission, Directorate-General Development and Cooperation (Energy Unit), Brussels, Belgium
  • Anna Ingwe, Programme Manager, EnDev Kenya, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Nairobi, Kenya
  • Ruud Kempener, Technology Analyst at the Innovation and Technology Center (IITC), International Renewable Energy Agency, Bonn, Germany
  • Andreas Spieß, CEO, Solarkiosk AG, Berlin, Germany

Facilitator
Stefan Gsänger, Secretary General, World Wind Energy Association, Bonn, Germany

Organiser
The Energising Development Partnership (EnDev) is a joint impact-oriented global programme of Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Australia, United Kingdom and Switzerland, with additional co-funding from Ireland and the European Union.

4:00 pm

Workshop 6 – Integrated education systems as a basis for global transformation

United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS)

Global transformation is a long term, ongoing process that will not be achieved within a single generation. At the heart of this process stands education and thus the need to re-engineer educational systems and programmes in several different ways, namely in terms of:

  • Geography: Schools, universities and research institutions need to build networks if they are to master the global transformation agenda.

  • Transdisciplinary: Only a few of the most urgent problems can be handled by means of a single-discipline approach. What we need is further progress in inter- and transdisciplinary education.

  • Permeability: Successful education systems are characterised by cooperation and permeability between different sectors, e.g. academic, applied sciences and vocational education programmes.

Why you cannot afford to miss this workshop
If you are keen to engage in dialogue with high-level actors in this field and are interested in pursuing this conceptual approach, particularly in the light of new technological possibilities, then this workshop is for you.

Presenters:

  • Kenneth Barrientos, Programme Officer, UNESCO-UNEVOC
  • Jürgen Bode, Vice President for International Affairs and Diversity, Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences
  • Thomas Greiner, Head of Directorate: Lifelong Learning, Research on Education, Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
  • Klaus Greve, Department of Geography, University of Bonn
  • Jakob Rhyner, Vice Rector, United Nations University
  • Dorothea Rüland, Secretary General, DAAD

Facilitator:
Anke Rasper, Senior Editor Globalization, Deutsche Welle

Organiser
United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS)

4:00 pm

Workshop 7 – Leave no child behind: promoting inclusive societies from the start

Bertelsmann Stiftung

Social inequality is a challenge that all societies have to address, and this is also true for relatively prosperous ones. International research shows that the social background of a child has a highly significant impact on its educational achievement and on its opportunities in life. Social equality can be promoted though the provision of early support and by putting the perspective of the child first. The workshop will address this issue by discussing the European policy cooperation in the field of early childhood education and care (ECEC) and by examining experiences from European member states. Good practice examples from the United Kingdom, Denmark and Sweden will be presented alongside experiences from the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia where prevention-approaches have been adopted that aim to promote equal opportunities from the cradle to university. In this approach, prevention applies to the entire childhood development – from birth to the beginning of employment.

The workshop will show that providing good and comprehensive support at an early age – independent of a child’s background –improves a child’s opportunities substantially and furthers their chances to develop positively, attain a good education, and participate and integrate into society successfully. In terms of prosperity and social cohesion at the individual and societal level, early investment in children – especially in children from disadvantaged families –promises to have the greatest long-term impact.

Why you cannot afford to miss this workshop

Discuss different approaches that aim to

  • promote inclusive societies by improving development prospects and providing equal opportunities for every child;
  • create communities that help children grow up with more hope, opportunity, and better outcomes;
  • improve the effectiveness and efficiency of local support and intervention practices.

Presenters

  • Elke Loeffler, Chief Executive, Governance International, Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • Nóra Milotay, Policy Officer, DG Education and Culture, School Policy Unit, European Commission, Brussels, Belgium
  • Klaus Peter Strohmeier, Senior Professor, Centre for Interdisciplinary Regional Studies (ZEFIR), Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany
  • Regina von Görtz, Project Manager, Bertelsmann Stiftung, Gütersloh, Germany

Organiser
Bertelsmann Stiftung

Cooperation Partner
State Government of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

4:00 pm

Workshop 8 – Transforming the economy: shaping inclusive growth

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Inclusive growth matters! But how do we achieve it?

The transition from the Millennium Development Goals to the Post-2015 agenda is characterised by an apparent paradox. Developing countries and emerging economies have witnessed historic reductions in poverty over the last 25 years. At the same time, global wealth is now distributed more unevenly than ever before. The gulf between top earners on the one hand and people on medium to low incomes on the other has widened significantly in many industrialised countries as well as in emerging economies. One of the biggest challenges facing both national and global policy-makers in the post-2015 context is thus to redefine and restructure growth in an inclusive way. This calls for profound changes in policy-making, but also in economic development at regional and local level, and within businesses themselves.

This workshop aims to bring together practitioners to share their insights on what inclusive growth means, what specifically can be done to promote it at regional and local level, what obstacles exist, and what lessons we can learn to help bring about success. Question such as ‘How can structurally weak and poor regions be promoted?’, ‘How can firms combine growth and social issues?’, and ‘How can political actors and companies work together to create jobs and income for the most vulnerable?’ will be raised and debated interactively with the audience.

Why you cannot afford to miss this workshop
This workshop combines proven, field-tested recipes with food for thought on how to generate inclusive growth. But one ingredient is missing: your opinion on how to shape inclusive growth in your region or local community!

Presenters

  • Marita Brömmelmeier, Head of Unit ,Economic Development and Employment', Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
  • Hélène Giacobino, Executive Director, The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) Europe, France 
  • Masato Hayashikawa, Advisor, Inclusive Growth and Knowledge Sharing Alliance unit, Office of the Secretary-General, OECD, Paris
  • Roland Moezer, Formerly Project Leader Cobblestone Project, Germany/Ethiopia
  • Ananya Raihan, Co-Founder, Dnet, Bangladesh

Facilitators
Jacqueline Jaspert, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Michael Vollmann, Ashoka

Organiser
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

4:00 pm

Workshop 9 – Inclusive fiscal policy and how to mobilise public support

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Most countries have seen inequality increasing within their societies during recent decades. Despite significant growth levels, poverty remains high and the gap between rich and poor widens. This results in many countries in social tension, and even increases in crime and conflict. In response, a number of governments have taken measures to reduce inequality of income and wealth in their countries. Fiscal policy is a crucial instrument in encouraging redistribution. However, redistribution is a highly sensitive issue, and governments may have to prepare for public debates about the right mechanisms for mobilising and allocating resources.

An observable lack of success in taxing the top earners in most countries might be linked to weak enforcement mechanisms, existing tax exemptions, low compliance levels and targeting issues. If inequality is to be reduced, developing countries especially need to broaden or deepen their tax base in order to ensure sustainable financing of additional spending for social policies.

In this workshop we will discuss the following questions with experts from financial institutions, think tanks and civil society: Which measures can garner public support for redistribution through taxation and transfer mechanisms, and promote social cohesion? What is the importance of well-designed social protection systems in legitimising public spending? What can be done to convince politicians and citizens alike of the benefits of paying taxes and maintaining social transfer systems based on principles of solidarity? What measures might increase tax compliance and willingness to bear high tax rates, especially among top earners?

Why you cannot afford to miss this workshop
Since the global financial and economic crisis, inequality has become a highly debated topic within the OECD, including in Germany, but also in the context of developing countries. Those calling for a reduction in inequality have become more vocal, but there is strong disagreement as to how this objective could be achieved. The reforms needed for any redistributive mechanism involving taxes and transfers will face opposition. If the Open Working Group’s proposed Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 10, ‘Reduce inequality within and among countries’, is to be achieved, change-makers need to discuss ways of gaining public support for reform options.

Presenters

  • Juan Pablo Jimenez, Economics Affairs Officer, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Santiago de Chile, Chile
  • Catherine Olier, EU Policy Adviser on Development Finance and Essential Services, OXFAM INTERNATIONAL EU OFFICE, Brussels, Belgium
  • Achim Truger, Department of Business and Economics, Berlin School of Economics and Law, Berlin, Germany

Facilitator
Jutta Barth, Head of Sector Project Eradicating Poverty and Reducing Inequality, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Organiser
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

4:00 pm

Workshop 10 – Sustainable, inclusive cities as drivers of global transformation

Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

This workshop recognises 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?

Why you cannot afford to miss this workshop
There has been much excitement in the urban community about the potential inclusion of sustainable cities and human settlements within the SDGs. However, there is of course a recognition that the goal is only as strong as its targets and indicators. The drafted targets are a good start, but consensus is needed among the urban community. Consequently, effective dialogue processes in urban transformation at local and global level are on the agenda. Attending this session will allow you to participate in this dialogue.

Presenters

  • Yunus Arikan, Head of Global Policy and Advocacy, ICLEI
  • Hilmar von Lojewski, Councillor of the German Association of Cities and the Association of Cities North Rhine-Westphalia Urban Planning - Building - Housing - Traffic
  • Günther Meinert, Programme Manager Policy Advice for Urban Development, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
  • Shin Wei Ng, Senior Policy Advisor, E3G, United Kingdom
  • Aromar Revi, Co-Chair of the SDSN Thematic Group „Sustainable Cities“; Director of the Indian Institute for Human Settlements, India
  • Rüdiger Wagner, Executive Director, Environment and Health Division, City of Bonn

Facilitator
Albert Eckert, denkmodell GmbH, Germany

Organiser
Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Review and Slides

Find related Slides in the Review 2015

6:00 pm

Inspirational Outlook

Jeffrey D. Sachs

Speaker information

  • Jeffrey D. Sachs

    Jeffrey D. Sachs

    Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the Millennium Development Goals; Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, New York


    Jeffrey D. Sachs serves as the Director of The Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University. He is Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the Millennium Development Goals, having held the same position under former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. He is Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network.

    Professor Sachs has authored three New York Times bestsellers in the past seven years: The End of Poverty (2005), Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet (2008), and The Price of Civilization (2011). He was called by the New York Times, “probably the most important economist in the world,” and by Time Magazine “the world’s best known economist.”  Sachs is widely considered to be one of the world’s leading experts on economic development and the fight against poverty.

7:00 pm

Reception

Jürgen Nimptsch

hosted by the State Government of North Rhine-Westphalia, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the Federal City of Bonn

Welcome Address by Jürgen Nimptsch, Mayor, Bonn

Speaker information

  • Jürgen Nimptsch

    Jürgen Nimptsch

    Mayor of the City of Bonn


    Jürgen Nimptsch (born in 1954) was elected Mayor of Bonn in August 2009. Within this capacity, he also acts as the Vice-Chair of World Mayors Council on Climate Change. As Mayor of the German United Nations City, Nimptsch intends to enhance Bonn’s profile as an international location and hub for sustainability. In keeping with the “Spirit of Bonn”, he fosters a culture of interaction and cooperation, of exchange and active participation. Mayor Nimptsch has always placed an emphasis on working with young people, on fostering the empowerment of women, on enhancing the social inclusion of all groups of society, and on advocating the role of cities and the contributions civil society can render, especially in the light of the Post-2015 Development Agenda. As Mayor of Bonn, he has attracted and hosted a number of national and international conferences and events in related fields.

9:00 am

Welcome

Melinda Crane (Moderation)
Natasha Walker (Moderation)

Welcome by Melinda Crane and Natasha Walker

Speaker information

  • Melinda Crane (Moderation)

    Melinda Crane (Moderation)


    Dr Melinda Crane regularly moderates events and discussions for international organisations and companies. An experienced TV anchor, she is chief political correspondent at Deutsche Welle TV and also hosts the DW talk show 'Quadriga' as well as the political magazine 'People and Politics'. Furthermore, she regularly analyses US policy for the news broadcaster n-tv.   

    Dr Crane studied history and political science at Brown University in Providence, USA, and law at Harvard before going on to study economics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Medford, USA, where she also completed her PhD.

    For the German TV discussion show 'Sabine Christiansen', she conducted interviews with Kofi Annan, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, and George Bush. She writes for the New York Times
    Magazine, The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine, The Boston Globe and various German newspapers and journals. 

  • Natasha Walker (Moderation)

    Natasha Walker (Moderation)


    Natasha Walker is a communications advisor specialising in moderation, participation and dialogue processes. She studied English literature and modern languages in Oxford and Göttingen and won a scholarship to the State University of New York. Begining in 1995, Ms Walker co-founded the consultancy company IFOK and was in charge of the Dialogue Processes and Moderation Section through to 2009. In early 2010, she started up her own company – NWA. She has made a name for herself in Germany and internationally as a moderator and process consultant. She works for companies, the EU Commission, the UN, for German federal ministries as well as for foundations and think-tanks. She moderates topics such as social entrepreneurship, gender, energy and climate change mitigation, sustainability and biodiversity.

9:15 am

‘Bonn Speech’ on Global Transformation

Ed Gillespie

Speaker information

  • Ed Gillespie

    Ed Gillespie

    Co-Founder, Futerra, London


    Ed Gillespie is Co-Founder of Futerra, one of the world’s only communications consultancies to specialise solely in sustainable development and corporate social responsibility. He has shaped and driven the creative direction of Futerra’s work since its foundation 13 years ago. Aside from writing regularly for the Guardian, Ed is a highly sought after public speaker and lecturer, renowned for his memorable and entertaining presentations laced with refreshing humour and wit. Ed is author of ‘Only Planet - a flight-free adventure around the world’, Chairman of European Rail Business Loco2, a London Sustainable Development Commissioner, and Director of Zero Carbon Food and carbon emissions campaigning organisation Sandbag. He’s also a visiting lecturer at Cambridge University and investor in FoodTrade.

10:00 am

Workshop 11 – Civil society actors as change agents

Association of German Development and Humanitarian Aid NGOs (VENRO), One World Network North Rhine-Westphalia

A number of civil society actors believe that political, social and economic sustainability is only achievable through a socio-ecological transformation of society. The following key questions arise for civil-society actors with regard to their role in promoting sustainable development: How can we become change agents and play our part in shaping a sustainable (global) society? What resources and traits do we have that could help to initiate and shape global transformation? What powers do we have at our disposal? Our watchdog, think-tank and advocacy roles, the education services we provide, and our close relationship with our target groups combine to give us a broad base in terms of legitimacy. How do we leverage this power to influence developments and make change happen?

Why you cannot afford to miss this workshop

If you want to

  • discuss global challenges with activists from around the world,
  • discover innovative approaches to social change,
  • contribute to transforming legitimacy into political leverage, and
  • establish civil society activists as change agents

then make sure you attend this workshop!

Presenters

  • Vandana Shiva, Club of Rome and Recipient of the Right Livelihood Award, New Delhi, India
  • Frank Twinamatsiko, Uganda Water and Sanitation NGO Network (UWASNET), Kampala, Uganda
  • Soledad Briones, CONCORD: the European NGO confederation for Relief and Development, Brussels, Belgium

Facilitator:
Monika Dülge, One World Network North Rhine-Westphalia, Düsseldorf, Germany

Organisers
Association of German Development and Humanitarian Aid NGOs (VENRO)
One World Network North Rhine-Westphalia

Review and News
Venro informiert: "Civil Society as Change Agents" (German)

10:00 am

Workshop 12 – Transforming governance through gender equality

UN Women National Committee Germany

When it comes to creating a new development agenda and agreeing on the means to finance the agenda, 2015 is a crucial year for development and gender equality. UN Women is working with the Beijing+20 campaign to ensure that gender equality and the empowerment of women are at the heart of all decisions that are set to determine our future.

Women drive transformation and need to be included in all processes of governance. Gender responsive budgeting is, in this context, an effective and specific governance instrument for implementing transformation.

In Macedonia, UN Women has demonstrated that gender responsive budgeting has an impact on the lives of women and their communities. The workshop will explain how UN Women supported the development and implementation of this first gender-budgeting strategy.

Why you cannot afford to miss this workshop
‘Empower women, empower humanity. Picture it!’ The slogan used by UN Women to launch a year-long campaign in 2014 will be put into practice in this workshop. Gender-budgeting will be fundamental in the forthcoming processes if we are to create the future we want. Be part of it.

Presenters

  • Marion Böker, Consultant & Entrepreneur / Member Executive Board International Alliance of Women (IAW)
  • Ermira Lubani, Regional Project Manager, UN Women, Skopje, Macedonia
  • Vilma Petro, Head of Cabinet of Deputy Prime Minister of Albania         

Facilitator
Merjam Wakili, Project Manager, Trainer and Moderator, DW Akademie

Organiser
UN Women National Committee Germany

Cooperation Partner
Gender equality network: Gender@International Bonn

10:00 am

Workshop 13 – Translating the SDGs into national and sub-national strategies

Bertelsmann Stiftung, Sustainable Development Solutions Network Germany (SDSN Germany)

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.

Why you cannot afford to miss this workshop
If you wish to make a difference when adopting the SDGs within your specific societal and political context, then you need to know what works best and what doesn’t.

Presenters

  • 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

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

Organiser(s)
Bertelsmann Stiftung
Sustainable Development Solutions Network Germany (SDSN Germany)

Review and Slides

Find related slides in the Review 2015

10:00 am

Workshop 14 – Transformative alliances: how small groups of stakeholders could make a big difference

Development and Peace Foundation (sef:), Germanwatch

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.

Why you cannot afford to miss this workshop
Join us as we work out how to go further faster in transforming our societies in a creative and inspiring way.

Presenters

  • Kirsten Meersschaert Duchens, Europe Coordinator, Coalition for the International Criminal Court (CICC), The Hague, Netherlands
  • Lutz Weischer, Team Leader - International Climate Policy, Germanwatch, Bonn, Germany
  • Rafael Guevara Senga, Manager, Energy Policy Asia Pacific, WWF International, Manila, Philippines

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

Organisers
Development and Peace Foundation (sef:)
Germanwatch

10:00 am

Workshop 15 – Facilitating global transformation: insights from interdisciplinary development research

Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn

Drawing on international interdisciplinary research in Central Asia and in West and East Africa, this panel discussion offers insights into research on global transformation processes.

Countries in Central Asia are struggling to manage economic growth and processes of political transformation and still protect their natural environment at the same time. In this workshop we look at the various challenges and opportunities for strengthening research infrastructure and capacity in the field of social and environmental change in Uzbekistan, a country where ZEF has spent over ten years restructuring water and land management.

In West Africa, rapidly growing economies pose a challenge to the sustainable use of natural resources. ZEF has conducted decades of interdisciplinary research into water basin management, desertification, migration and climate change in this region – efforts that have culminated in the establishment of the West African Science Service Center (WASCAL) on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use. Today WASCAL is supported by 10 West African countries and offers 10 graduate programmes. The panel includes a West African researcher who has been involved in research development in this region.

In East Africa, ZEF has focused on transforming environmental protection. Research began with a small-scale biodiversity project on the management and protection of wild coffee resources in the Ethiopian rain forests. Ultimately, large-scale local capacity building efforts culminated in the establishment of a local NGO that has succeeded in creating a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in the wild coffee region. One of the researchers involved in this process will speak at the panel.

ZEF outlines the role research and capacity development can play in facilitating sustainable transformation.

Why you cannot afford to miss this workshop
After the panel discussion there will be a half-hour ‘market place’ with the opportunity to engage in one-on-one talks with our international speakers, take a look at some posters and… enjoy some Ethiopian coffee!

Speakers

  • Felix Asante, Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER), University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana
  • Anna-Katharina Hornidge, Senior Fellow, ZEF, Bonn
  • John Lamers, Senior Researcher, ZEF, Bonn
  • Djibi Thiam, ZEF, Bonn

Chair
Saravanan V.S. Subramanian, Senior Researcher, ZEF, Bonn

Host
Center for Development Research (ZEF)
University of Bonn, Germany

10:00 am

Workshop 16 – Implementing transformation – sharing urban knowledge

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Sustainable Development Solutions Network, Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment, and Energy

This workshop will discuss the challenges cities face in implementing an agenda of inclusive urban transformation. To that end, it will present a variety of existing initiatives supporting effective urban dialogue as well as networking approaches to knowledge-sharing and joint learning. The guiding questions are: what experience has been gained and what activities exist when it comes to urban knowledge-sharing, joint learning and change management between cities and between different stakeholders worldwide and at city level in particular? What are the success factors for effective dialogue processes in urban transformation? How can sharing and learning support urban transformation? How can successful innovations be replicated in other urban contexts? What kind of support could be made available to cities by national governments and international stakeholders?

Why you cannot afford to miss this workshop
When it comes to helping cities to implement transformation, there are a variety of practical ways of supporting effective urban dialogue and several networking approaches to sharing knowledge and engaging in joint learning. Being aware of success factors is a prerequisite to initiating effective change processes. By taking part in this session, delegates will gain an insight into ongoing and proven approaches to knowledge sharing and networking for inclusive transformation.

Presenters

  • Ralf-Rainer Braun, Head of Environmental Office, City of Hagen/Connective Cities, Germany
  • Ana Paula Rocha, Metropolitan Planning Company (Emplasa), Sao Paulo State Government, Brazil
  • Fasil Giorghis, Professor of Urbanism, City Forum Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Stephen Kovats, Founding Director, r0g_agency for open culture and critical transformation, Berlin, Germany
  • Shin Wei Ng, Senior Policy Advisor, E3G, United Kingdom
  • Ralf Schüle, Co-Director Research Group 2: Energy, Transport and Climate Policy, Wuppertal Institute, Germany

Facilitator
Albert Eckert, denkmodell GmbH, Germany

Organisers
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Sustainable Development Solutions Network
Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment, and Energy

10:00 am

Workshop 17 – How do war-torn societies transform? Narratives from on the ground

BICC (Bonn International Center for Conversion)

Countries such as Afghanistan, the DR Congo and South Sudan are striking examples of war-torn countries. Long-lasting violent conflicts have deeply impacted these societies - be it in everyday life, at the level of social security, human rights and political participation, or in terms of economic infrastructure.

The workshop addresses processes of transformation in the societies of these (post-) conflict countries: what does ‘transformation’ mean in this context? Which criteria must be used? Who are the main actors? Narratives from on the ground are intended to help participants understand life in conflict-ridden countries so that realistic approaches to co-operation can be found and mutual learning processes initiated.

In addition, the workshop seeks to examine different perceptions of ‘transformation’ in the global North and South: is ‘transformation’ something that can be implemented? Is there a gap between capacity-development efforts and the realities in (post-) conflict countries? If so, who are the main actors that can bridge this gap - civil society, academics, politicians, or particular institutions? Is there also a need for ‘transformation’ on the part of these actors?

Why you cannot afford to miss this workshop
This workshop uniquely connects insights from on the ground with an overarching applied research approach. Participants can jointly discuss and compare knowledge from and experiences in transition processes in countries such as Afghanistan, the DR Congo and South Sudan.

Presenters

  • Isabella Bauer, Aktionsgemeinschaft Dienst für den Frieden e.V
  • Masood Karokhail, Director and co-founder, The Liaison Office (TLO), Afghanistan
  • Luuk van de Vondervoort, Technical Advisor in South Sudan, BICC, Netherlands

Facilitator
Elke Grawert, Senior Researcher, BICC, Germany

Organiser
BICC (Bonn International Center for Conversion)

10:00 am

Workshop 18 – Living labs – a tool for transformation on the ground

Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) Potsdam; Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment, Energy

Any ‘great transformation’ needs concepts that are both scientifically capable and yet practically savvy. Given that transformational projects do not come with a guarantee for success, various kinds of real-world experiments and transformational labs on the ground are smart tools when it comes to understanding and driving local transformation. The emerging approach of ‘living labs’ offers researchers and practitioners a transdisciplinary framework for mutually enriching cooperation, co-design and co-production.

This workshop briefly outlines the state-of-the-art of real-world laboratories and presents examples of thriving projects in Europe and Brazil. Since living labs are highly dependent on their local context, special attention is given to the ‘texture of urban transformation’ and the idea of ‘scaling up’ vs. ‘the dissemination of good ideas to a million places’. The workshop also discusses different ways of spreading transformation that are not based on ‘copy-n’-paste’ solutions.

Together, scientists and practitioners will examine the criteria for sound transdisciplinary research and get the chance to lay the foundations for – or to rethink – their own living laboratory.

Why you cannot afford to miss this workshop
Living labs: learn about inspiring projects of urban transformation and hone your understanding of the innovative methodology of transdisciplinarity. This is where science meets practical transformation: a perfect match!

Presenters

  • Katleen De Flander, Research Fellow, IASS Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany
  • Tom Henfrey, Senior Researcher, The Schumacher Institute & Transition Research Network, Bristol, United Kingdom
  • Monica Picavea, REconomy entrepreneur, Brazilian Transition Research Institute, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Matthias Wanner, Scientific Assistant and PhD Student, Wuppertal Institute, Wuppertal, Germany

Organisers
Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) Potsdam
Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment, Energy

10:00 am

Workshop 19 – Open, big or smart – digital data as a catalyst for SDG achievement worldwide

World Wide Web Foundation, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

‘Data are the lifeblood of decision-making and the raw material for accountability.’ This was the recent conclusion by the Independent Expert Advisory Group set up by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Statistics, figures and data have always been important for measuring impacts in international development. But this age of extremely rapid technological progress – and the associated increase in online and mobile digital connectivity – is giving rise to a whole new world of opportunities for producing, distributing and using digital data in a much wider context. Digital data act as a catalyst for SDG achievement worldwide.

Ministries and public authorities are already making data available to the public in an effort to promote transparency and active citizenship. Also, anonymised user data from telecommunications companies are being analysed in order to better understand the spread of diseases and improve health systems.

At the same time, questions are being raised that have yet to be answered: Who actually benefits from the increasing availability of data? What is the quality of this data? How is it collected and accessed? And how is personal information protected? The goal is nothing less than to establish a socio-political code for the collection, use and protection of data in general and within the narrower context of the post-2015 agenda.

The workshop will examine these issues and use case studies as a basis for discussing the potential and risks that this increasing flood of information entails for the political, social and economic advancement of developing countries and emerging economies.

Why you cannot afford to miss this workshop
Because the so-called ‘data revolution’ is the gateway to a fundamental shift in the way we create and measure impact across all social and economic spheres – which makes it essential to global transformation.

Presenters

  • Anne Doose, Advisor, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
  • Andreas Pawelke, Director, Open Data Lab Jakarta, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Claudia Schwegmann, Board Member, Open Knowledge Foundation, Hanover, Germany
  • Nanjira Sambuli, Researcher, iHub Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya

Facilitator
Savita Bailur, Open Data Research Lead, World Wide Web Foundation, London, England

Organisers
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
World Wide Web Foundation

10:00 am

Workshop 20 – Transformative Power: How media contribute to change and development

DW Akademie, Deutsche Welle

Transformative power: how media contribute to change and development

How do media contribute to transformative developments? What role does media development play? And which factors play a role in establishing an enabling environment so that media can contribute to transformation processes?

The workshop looks at three areas involving DW Akademie projects, and aims to establish a link between the media and political – or other – areas. The workshop also looks at the conditions required for media to contribute effectively to transformation processes.

Transformation through innovation: the power of web-based technologies

The internet is one of the main drivers of change. Innovative projects from the Global South show how digital technologies are promoting freedom of expression and access to information.

Yet freedom of expression in countries of the Global South is often challenged by undemocratic regimes, human rights abuses, inequality, poverty, corruption, surveillance, lack of access to information, poor media literacy and high costs of the internet and communication services. However, the South2South manifesto shows how digital technologies can be used in innovative, ethical, democratic, inclusive and collaborative ways to solve problems and improve people’s lives.

Transformation through public broadcasting: the challenge of restructuring big players in national media systems

Public radio and television stations have a public mandate to explain or at least look critically at global changes. Broadcasters often remain the prime source of information and educational content and thus continue to play a major role in many media markets and societies. State broadcasters, however, are among those institutions that require a major shift in values and self-perception. We take a closer look at the conditions necessary and opportunities for a successful transformation of state media institutions.

Transformation through transparency: the data revolution and its implications for development

While the internet makes information increasingly accessible and transparent, huge amounts of data and highly complex content often require an approach known as ‘data journalism’.

So how is this changing journalism? How is it affecting the media’s role as a watchdog? And how can data journalism help civil society push political actors and public institutions to be accountable for their actions?

‘Why you shouldn’t miss this workshop!’

Transformation processes start in the mind but are often sparked by the media. That’s because media provide information, raise awareness, offer know-how, help form opinions, uncover wrongdoings, make dialogue possible and offer platforms for participation. Transformation processes can later be translated into action by the state and by civil society. Media play an important role here, too – whether in conveying development goals or organising protests via social media.

Speakers:

  • Erik Albrecht, Researcher at Department of Strategy and Consulting Services, DW Akademie
  • Penhleak Chan, Managing Editor, Open Development Cambodia, Cambodia
  • Holger Hank, Head of Knowledge Management and Digital Innovation, DW Akademie
  • Steffen Leidel, Project Manager for Digital Innovation and Knowledge Management, DW Akademie

Moderator:

Patrick Leusch, Head of International Affairs, DW Akademie

Organiser
DW Akademie
Deutsche Welle

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1:30 pm

Making Transformation Work

Michael Karnitschnig
Miguel Lago
Peter Limbourg
Lara Birkes

What does it take to bring about a global transformation towards sustainable development and to increase the quality of life for all? Which key dynamics are driving transformation? How can the multitude of individual activities and solutions lead to a truly global process of transformation? How will the SDGs contribute towards achieving global transformation? Which insights and takeaways from the Bonn Conference will enrich and inspire our daily work?

Speaker information

  • Michael Karnitschnig

    Michael Karnitschnig

    Head of Cabinet of EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn, EU Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy & Enlargement Negotiations, Brussels


    Michael Karnitschnig is Chief of Staff of the European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, Johannes Hahn. He advises the Commissioner for EU policy on the Western Balkan countries and Turkey, the eastern partners extending from Ukraine to Aserbaidschan, and the southern European neighbours from Lebanon to Morocco.

    Mr Karnitschnig has many years of experience in all areas of EU foreign policy: As advisor for foreign affairs, energy and climate policy (2011-2014), as foreign policy spokesman for Commission President José Manuel Barroso's (2010-2011), and as political advisor to EU External Relations Commissioner Ferrero-Waldner (2007-2010). He was seconded to the German Foreign Office from 2006 to 2007.

    Mr Karnitschnig studied law and political science and worked in the Austrian Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Defence before starting his career in the European Union.

  • Miguel Lago

    Miguel Lago

    Founder & CEO, Meu Rio, Rio de Janeiro


    Miguel Lago is the President Director and Co-founder of Nossas Cidades (Our Cities), an online platform that is developing tools for civic engagement and participation in Brazil. Our Cities was started by Meu Rio, which is a locally-focused platform and network for civic engagement and people-powered political action. Since October 2011, Meu Rio has worked to ensure that all citizens of Rio de Janeiro benefit from and participate in the decision- making processes that are changing the urban landscape. The organisation pools citizens’ ideas and resources to help improve and simplify city life and make the city’s institutions more inclusive, responsive and accountable. Meu Rio's methodology is based on a mix of online tools and offline community-management efforts. It ensures that members become more deeply involved on a regular basis. Our Cities' mission is to expand this model to other cities in Brazil and abroad.

    Lago holds a degree in political science and a master degree in public affairs from Sciences-Po in Paris.

  • Peter Limbourg

    Peter Limbourg

    Director General, Deutsche Welle, Bonn


    Peter Limbourg studied law in Bonn, successfully completing his First State Examinations in 1987. He took over as head at the Bonn office of ProSieben’s commercial TV studio in 1996. Then, in 1999, he was appointed Co-Editor-in-Chief of the news channel N24 and Political Editor-in-Chief of ProSieben, a position he also went on to hold at SAT.1 as of 2001. In 2004/05 and 2008/09, Limbourg was CEO of Pool TV, a joint venture of private broadcasting stations in Berlin. Between 2008 and 2010, he was sole Editor-in-Chief of N24. The anchor of SAT.1 News as of 2008 and, as of 2010, Senior Vice President of ProSiebenSat.1 TV for Germany, Peter Limbourg was appointed Director-General of Deutsche Welle on 1 October 2013.

  • Lara Birkes

    Lara Birkes

    Director Global Policy & Strategic Partnership, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)


3:00 pm

Closing

Melinda Crane (Moderation)
Natasha Walker (Moderation)

Speaker information

  • Melinda Crane (Moderation)

    Melinda Crane (Moderation)


    Dr Melinda Crane regularly moderates events and discussions for international organisations and companies. An experienced TV anchor, she is chief political correspondent at Deutsche Welle TV and also hosts the DW talk show 'Quadriga' as well as the political magazine 'People and Politics'. Furthermore, she regularly analyses US policy for the news broadcaster n-tv.   

    Dr Crane studied history and political science at Brown University in Providence, USA, and law at Harvard before going on to study economics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Medford, USA, where she also completed her PhD.

    For the German TV discussion show 'Sabine Christiansen', she conducted interviews with Kofi Annan, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, and George Bush. She writes for the New York Times
    Magazine, The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine, The Boston Globe and various German newspapers and journals. 

  • Natasha Walker (Moderation)

    Natasha Walker (Moderation)


    Natasha Walker is a communications advisor specialising in moderation, participation and dialogue processes. She studied English literature and modern languages in Oxford and Göttingen and won a scholarship to the State University of New York. Begining in 1995, Ms Walker co-founded the consultancy company IFOK and was in charge of the Dialogue Processes and Moderation Section through to 2009. In early 2010, she started up her own company – NWA. She has made a name for herself in Germany and internationally as a moderator and process consultant. She works for companies, the EU Commission, the UN, for German federal ministries as well as for foundations and think-tanks. She moderates topics such as social entrepreneurship, gender, energy and climate change mitigation, sustainability and biodiversity.

Tuesday
4:00 pm

Workshop 1 – Industrial relations for a green economy

European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), German Trade Union Confederation (DGB) North Rhine-Westphalia

The workshop will demonstrate that trade unions have a key role to play in the transition towards a green economy. For many years now, trade unions have been supporting efforts to make a low-carbon and resource efficient economy in Europe and internationally. This is an absolute priority since what is at stake is preserving the habitability of our planet.

However, it is crucial that the social dimension becomes a central component of a transition towards a low-carbon and resource-efficient economy. We need a policy framework for a ‘just transition’. Such a framework should aim at supporting climate and environmental policies with a set of labour instruments that will maximise the potential to create quality jobs, while cushioning the possible negative impacts of the transition.

‘Just transition’ also means that the transition towards a low-carbon and resource-efficient economy must include initiatives to promote social dialogue and workers’ participation. Workers have a role to play in greening their workplace and must also be able to anticipate the changes and restructuring which could impact them. 

Why you cannot afford to miss this workshop
The greening of enterprises, workplaces and the labour market as a whole is an enormous challenge for trade unions. How can trade unions become active agents for change? What have been their experiences? How do they maintain the balance between the need to maintain jobs in traditional industries and the need to build low-carbon sustainable societies? The workshop presents recent examples and lessons learnt from European trade union activities. Share your views with trade unionists in a world café.

Presenters

  • Benjamin Denis, Advisor, ETUC, Brussels, Belgium
  • Lene Olsen, Senior Specialist, ILO-ACTRAV (Bureau for Workers’ Activities), Geneva, Switzerland
  • Achim Vanselow, Head of Department for Economic Policy, German Trade Union Confederation (DGB NRW), Düsseldorf, Germany
  • World Café: Trade union representatives from Belgium, France, Greece and Italy

Organisers
European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC)
DGB NRW

Tuesday
4:00 pm

Workshop 2 – Realities of decarbonisation: lessons from ongoing economic transformations

German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), University of Cape Town

A rapidly increasing number of studies and integrated assessments contend that comprehensive decarbonisation of the global economy is indeed possible. At the same time, they emphasize the need to step up relevant efforts if the ensuing transformation is to be compatible with 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 decarbonisation 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 will discuss strategies for generating ‘buy-in’ from the public and private sectors and will highlight the potential of co-benefits to driving the implementation of ambitious policies that go beyond ‘business as usual’.

Why you cannot afford to miss this workshop

  • The workshop will stress the feasibility of decarbonisation and then focus on the oft-neglected political and economic hurdles to this transformation: who is in favour of the necessary policy measures, who is against them, and why?
  • The workshop will show how political and economic hurdles can be overcome and how can we ensure that we get both the public sector and the private sector on board
  • The workshop will discuss the practical realities of decarbonisation in specific national contexts and outline the lessons that can be learned for different types of countries.

Presenters

  • Mike Morris, Professor, University of Cape Town, South Africa
  • Anna Pegels, Senior Researcher, DIE, Bonn, Germany
  • 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

Facilitator
Clara Brandi, Senior Researcher, DIE, Bonn, Germany

Organisers
German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)
University of Cape Town

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Tuesday
4:00 pm

Workshop 3 – Transforming energy systems: experiences from industrial regions

Cluster EnergieForschung.NRW, Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI) in Essen, Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy GmbH

The energy transition – the so-called ‘Energiewende’ – requires a profound change in Germany’s evolved energy system that entails significant challenges concerning existing infrastructure and production processes. Along with technical solutions, the energy transition must be embedded in appropriate political, social, cultural and institutional contexts. For example the experience in North Rhine-Westphalia shows that innovative planning and steering processes, participation formats, new business sectors, and specific forms of transformation design are needed.

The workshop focuses on these non-technical transformation aspects of the energy transition. In his keynote address, Franz Mauelshagen will outline the history of the topic and examine what we can learn from historical transformational processes. Klaus Töpfer will discuss the opportunities and risks related to large-scale transformation. In a third keynote speech, Andrew Karvonen will contribute an international perspective using the example of the local energy transformation taking place in Manchester. A discussion with other participants will round-up the day to address the role of technical and socio-economic aspects in shaping transformation processes and the importance of regional activities for the global implementation of an energy transition.

Why you cannot afford to miss this workshop

By focusing on energy system transformation, the workshop highlights one of the most important thematic priorities in the global transformation debate. While the debate about the future supply of energy is often limited to the technical possibilities, this workshop focuses on the social, economic and cultural dimensions. The workshop’s speakers will provide diverse perspectives on the topic. By drawing attention to historical transformation processes and highlighting international experience, the workshop will help to enrich the current national discussion while placing it in context.

Presenters

  • Manfred Fischedick, Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy GmbH, Germany
  • Andrew Karvonen, Lecturer for Architecture and Urbanism, The University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom
  • Franz Mauelshagen, Research Associate, Rachel Carson Center, Munich, Germany

Facilitator
Manfred Fischedick, Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy GmbH, Germany

Organisers
Cluster EnergieForschung.NRW
Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI) in Essen
Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy GmbH

Tuesday
4:00 pm

Workshop 4 – DPDHL: on the transformational path towards sustainable supply chains

Deutsche Post DHL Group

When Deutsche Post DHL set a voluntary target in 2008 for improving its carbon efficiency by 30% by 2020 (baseline 2007), it was the first company in its sector to do so and has since led the way in sustainable logistics provision. While the company is progressing towards its 2020 target, it also recognises that the expectations of its stakeholders, be they employees, customers, investors or society at large, are evolving. In 2013, DPDHL embarked on a new journey to revolutionise the way it achieves its environmental objectives by shifting the focus to customer engagement, viewing sustainability through a wider lens and furthering its ambition to be an all-round responsible business.

In the workshop, DPDHL will explain how the company has gone about making these changes and discuss the key driving forces in the process. Furthermore, it will share its experience of engaging the entire company in a debate about sustainable objectives and how to achieve them. Together with the participants, the workshop organisers hope to determine what a sustainable supply chain should look like for the coming decade.

Key topics to discuss in the workshop will be

  • Transformation in a global organisation: what are the key factors?
  • Defining the future of (sustainable) supply chains/transportation/logistics

Why you cannot afford to miss this workshop

Based on the DPDHL case study, this workshop affords a deeper insight into a successful transformational strategy for sustainable supply chains. The case study will be presented by two key actors who are involved in the transformational process. Attending the workshop will give participants the opportunity to engage in discussion and learn from each other’s experiences.

Presenters

  • Amanda de Silva, Manager, Corporate Communications & Responsibility, DHL Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, Singapore
  • Wing Huo, Head of Responsible Business Practice Team, DPDHL, Bonn, Germany
  • Katharina Tomoff, Vice President Shared Value, DPDHL, Bonn, Germany

Organiser
Deutsche Post DHL Group

Tuesday
4:00 pm

Workshop 5 – How to achieve universal access to sustainable and modern energy services

Energising Development Partnership (EnDev)

Sustainable development is not possible without sustainable energy. Access to modern energy services is central to human development and an investment in our collective future. Therefore, in 2011 UN General Secretary Ban Ki-moon launched the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) initiative with the goal of making universal access to energy a reality by 2030.

Universal access to energy is also expected to be one of the sustainable development goals (SDGs), making energy supply an issue of strategic importance in international development cooperation for years to come. This workshop will focus on approaches and pathways to achieving this goal and will highlight the challenges and practical solutions regarding universal access to energy. Experts will briefly illustrate best practices on the ground and reveal policy solutions on the national and global level, and share their visions and experience with the audience.

Why you cannot afford to miss this workshop

This Workshop is part of the theme: Global Transformation: Achieving Sustainable Energy for All. Universal access to energy is currently the goal of many international initiatives, and a main objective of the UN Decade Sustainable Energy for All as well as Goal 7 of the SDG.

The challenges facing a global energy transition are manifold. Apart from meeting increasing energy needs, especially in developing countries, it is an immense global task to transform the energy sector from fossil fuels to sustainable energy systems while eradicating energy poverty that still prevails in many countries of the Global South.

This workshop will outline the political, economic and social challenges of a green transformation with the goal of universal access to energy, outline solutions on the ground, demonstrate best practices, and illustrate visions and concepts from stakeholders in the international political arena.

Presenters

  • Lennart Deridder, European Commission, Directorate-General Development and Cooperation (Energy Unit), Brussels, Belgium
  • Anna Ingwe, Programme Manager, EnDev Kenya, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Nairobi, Kenya
  • Ruud Kempener, Technology Analyst at the Innovation and Technology Center (IITC), International Renewable Energy Agency, Bonn, Germany
  • Andreas Spieß, CEO, Solarkiosk AG, Berlin, Germany

Facilitator
Stefan Gsänger, Secretary General, World Wind Energy Association, Bonn, Germany

Organiser
The Energising Development Partnership (EnDev) is a joint impact-oriented global programme of Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Australia, United Kingdom and Switzerland, with additional co-funding from Ireland and the European Union.

Tuesday
4:00 pm

Workshop 6 – Integrated education systems as a basis for global transformation

United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS)

Global transformation is a long term, ongoing process that will not be achieved within a single generation. At the heart of this process stands education and thus the need to re-engineer educational systems and programmes in several different ways, namely in terms of:

  • Geography: Schools, universities and research institutions need to build networks if they are to master the global transformation agenda.

  • Transdisciplinary: Only a few of the most urgent problems can be handled by means of a single-discipline approach. What we need is further progress in inter- and transdisciplinary education.

  • Permeability: Successful education systems are characterised by cooperation and permeability between different sectors, e.g. academic, applied sciences and vocational education programmes.

Why you cannot afford to miss this workshop
If you are keen to engage in dialogue with high-level actors in this field and are interested in pursuing this conceptual approach, particularly in the light of new technological possibilities, then this workshop is for you.

Presenters:

  • Kenneth Barrientos, Programme Officer, UNESCO-UNEVOC
  • Jürgen Bode, Vice President for International Affairs and Diversity, Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences
  • Thomas Greiner, Head of Directorate: Lifelong Learning, Research on Education, Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
  • Klaus Greve, Department of Geography, University of Bonn
  • Jakob Rhyner, Vice Rector, United Nations University
  • Dorothea Rüland, Secretary General, DAAD

Facilitator:
Anke Rasper, Senior Editor Globalization, Deutsche Welle

Organiser
United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS)

Tuesday
4:00 pm

Workshop 7 – Leave no child behind: promoting inclusive societies from the start

Bertelsmann Stiftung

Social inequality is a challenge that all societies have to address, and this is also true for relatively prosperous ones. International research shows that the social background of a child has a highly significant impact on its educational achievement and on its opportunities in life. Social equality can be promoted though the provision of early support and by putting the perspective of the child first. The workshop will address this issue by discussing the European policy cooperation in the field of early childhood education and care (ECEC) and by examining experiences from European member states. Good practice examples from the United Kingdom, Denmark and Sweden will be presented alongside experiences from the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia where prevention-approaches have been adopted that aim to promote equal opportunities from the cradle to university. In this approach, prevention applies to the entire childhood development – from birth to the beginning of employment.

The workshop will show that providing good and comprehensive support at an early age – independent of a child’s background –improves a child’s opportunities substantially and furthers their chances to develop positively, attain a good education, and participate and integrate into society successfully. In terms of prosperity and social cohesion at the individual and societal level, early investment in children – especially in children from disadvantaged families –promises to have the greatest long-term impact.

Why you cannot afford to miss this workshop

Discuss different approaches that aim to

  • promote inclusive societies by improving development prospects and providing equal opportunities for every child;
  • create communities that help children grow up with more hope, opportunity, and better outcomes;
  • improve the effectiveness and efficiency of local support and intervention practices.

Presenters

  • Elke Loeffler, Chief Executive, Governance International, Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • Nóra Milotay, Policy Officer, DG Education and Culture, School Policy Unit, European Commission, Brussels, Belgium
  • Klaus Peter Strohmeier, Senior Professor, Centre for Interdisciplinary Regional Studies (ZEFIR), Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany
  • Regina von Görtz, Project Manager, Bertelsmann Stiftung, Gütersloh, Germany

Organiser
Bertelsmann Stiftung

Cooperation Partner
State Government of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

Tuesday
4:00 pm

Workshop 8 – Transforming the economy: shaping inclusive growth

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Inclusive growth matters! But how do we achieve it?

The transition from the Millennium Development Goals to the Post-2015 agenda is characterised by an apparent paradox. Developing countries and emerging economies have witnessed historic reductions in poverty over the last 25 years. At the same time, global wealth is now distributed more unevenly than ever before. The gulf between top earners on the one hand and people on medium to low incomes on the other has widened significantly in many industrialised countries as well as in emerging economies. One of the biggest challenges facing both national and global policy-makers in the post-2015 context is thus to redefine and restructure growth in an inclusive way. This calls for profound changes in policy-making, but also in economic development at regional and local level, and within businesses themselves.

This workshop aims to bring together practitioners to share their insights on what inclusive growth means, what specifically can be done to promote it at regional and local level, what obstacles exist, and what lessons we can learn to help bring about success. Question such as ‘How can structurally weak and poor regions be promoted?’, ‘How can firms combine growth and social issues?’, and ‘How can political actors and companies work together to create jobs and income for the most vulnerable?’ will be raised and debated interactively with the audience.

Why you cannot afford to miss this workshop
This workshop combines proven, field-tested recipes with food for thought on how to generate inclusive growth. But one ingredient is missing: your opinion on how to shape inclusive growth in your region or local community!

Presenters

  • Marita Brömmelmeier, Head of Unit ,Economic Development and Employment', Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
  • Hélène Giacobino, Executive Director, The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) Europe, France 
  • Masato Hayashikawa, Advisor, Inclusive Growth and Knowledge Sharing Alliance unit, Office of the Secretary-General, OECD, Paris
  • Roland Moezer, Formerly Project Leader Cobblestone Project, Germany/Ethiopia
  • Ananya Raihan, Co-Founder, Dnet, Bangladesh

Facilitators
Jacqueline Jaspert, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Michael Vollmann, Ashoka

Organiser
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Tuesday
4:00 pm

Workshop 9 – Inclusive fiscal policy and how to mobilise public support

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Most countries have seen inequality increasing within their societies during recent decades. Despite significant growth levels, poverty remains high and the gap between rich and poor widens. This results in many countries in social tension, and even increases in crime and conflict. In response, a number of governments have taken measures to reduce inequality of income and wealth in their countries. Fiscal policy is a crucial instrument in encouraging redistribution. However, redistribution is a highly sensitive issue, and governments may have to prepare for public debates about the right mechanisms for mobilising and allocating resources.

An observable lack of success in taxing the top earners in most countries might be linked to weak enforcement mechanisms, existing tax exemptions, low compliance levels and targeting issues. If inequality is to be reduced, developing countries especially need to broaden or deepen their tax base in order to ensure sustainable financing of additional spending for social policies.

In this workshop we will discuss the following questions with experts from financial institutions, think tanks and civil society: Which measures can garner public support for redistribution through taxation and transfer mechanisms, and promote social cohesion? What is the importance of well-designed social protection systems in legitimising public spending? What can be done to convince politicians and citizens alike of the benefits of paying taxes and maintaining social transfer systems based on principles of solidarity? What measures might increase tax compliance and willingness to bear high tax rates, especially among top earners?

Why you cannot afford to miss this workshop
Since the global financial and economic crisis, inequality has become a highly debated topic within the OECD, including in Germany, but also in the context of developing countries. Those calling for a reduction in inequality have become more vocal, but there is strong disagreement as to how this objective could be achieved. The reforms needed for any redistributive mechanism involving taxes and transfers will face opposition. If the Open Working Group’s proposed Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 10, ‘Reduce inequality within and among countries’, is to be achieved, change-makers need to discuss ways of gaining public support for reform options.

Presenters

  • Juan Pablo Jimenez, Economics Affairs Officer, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Santiago de Chile, Chile
  • Catherine Olier, EU Policy Adviser on Development Finance and Essential Services, OXFAM INTERNATIONAL EU OFFICE, Brussels, Belgium
  • Achim Truger, Department of Business and Economics, Berlin School of Economics and Law, Berlin, Germany

Facilitator
Jutta Barth, Head of Sector Project Eradicating Poverty and Reducing Inequality, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Organiser
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Tuesday
4:00 pm

Workshop 10 – Sustainable, inclusive cities as drivers of global transformation

Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

This workshop recognises 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?

Why you cannot afford to miss this workshop
There has been much excitement in the urban community about the potential inclusion of sustainable cities and human settlements within the SDGs. However, there is of course a recognition that the goal is only as strong as its targets and indicators. The drafted targets are a good start, but consensus is needed among the urban community. Consequently, effective dialogue processes in urban transformation at local and global level are on the agenda. Attending this session will allow you to participate in this dialogue.

Presenters

  • Yunus Arikan, Head of Global Policy and Advocacy, ICLEI
  • Hilmar von Lojewski, Councillor of the German Association of Cities and the Association of Cities North Rhine-Westphalia Urban Planning - Building - Housing - Traffic
  • Günther Meinert, Programme Manager Policy Advice for Urban Development, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
  • Shin Wei Ng, Senior Policy Advisor, E3G, United Kingdom
  • Aromar Revi, Co-Chair of the SDSN Thematic Group „Sustainable Cities“; Director of the Indian Institute for Human Settlements, India
  • Rüdiger Wagner, Executive Director, Environment and Health Division, City of Bonn

Facilitator
Albert Eckert, denkmodell GmbH, Germany

Organiser
Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

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Wednesday
10:00 am

Workshop 11 – Civil society actors as change agents

Association of German Development and Humanitarian Aid NGOs (VENRO), One World Network North Rhine-Westphalia

A number of civil society actors believe that political, social and economic sustainability is only achievable through a socio-ecological transformation of society. The following key questions arise for civil-society actors with regard to their role in promoting sustainable development: How can we become change agents and play our part in shaping a sustainable (global) society? What resources and traits do we have that could help to initiate and shape global transformation? What powers do we have at our disposal? Our watchdog, think-tank and advocacy roles, the education services we provide, and our close relationship with our target groups combine to give us a broad base in terms of legitimacy. How do we leverage this power to influence developments and make change happen?

Why you cannot afford to miss this workshop

If you want to

  • discuss global challenges with activists from around the world,
  • discover innovative approaches to social change,
  • contribute to transforming legitimacy into political leverage, and
  • establish civil society activists as change agents

then make sure you attend this workshop!

Presenters

  • Vandana Shiva, Club of Rome and Recipient of the Right Livelihood Award, New Delhi, India
  • Frank Twinamatsiko, Uganda Water and Sanitation NGO Network (UWASNET), Kampala, Uganda
  • Soledad Briones, CONCORD: the European NGO confederation for Relief and Development, Brussels, Belgium

Facilitator:
Monika Dülge, One World Network North Rhine-Westphalia, Düsseldorf, Germany

Organisers
Association of German Development and Humanitarian Aid NGOs (VENRO)
One World Network North Rhine-Westphalia

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Wednesday
10:00 am

Workshop 12 – Transforming governance through gender equality

UN Women National Committee Germany

When it comes to creating a new development agenda and agreeing on the means to finance the agenda, 2015 is a crucial year for development and gender equality. UN Women is working with the Beijing+20 campaign to ensure that gender equality and the empowerment of women are at the heart of all decisions that are set to determine our future.

Women drive transformation and need to be included in all processes of governance. Gender responsive budgeting is, in this context, an effective and specific governance instrument for implementing transformation.

In Macedonia, UN Women has demonstrated that gender responsive budgeting has an impact on the lives of women and their communities. The workshop will explain how UN Women supported the development and implementation of this first gender-budgeting strategy.

Why you cannot afford to miss this workshop
‘Empower women, empower humanity. Picture it!’ The slogan used by UN Women to launch a year-long campaign in 2014 will be put into practice in this workshop. Gender-budgeting will be fundamental in the forthcoming processes if we are to create the future we want. Be part of it.

Presenters

  • Marion Böker, Consultant & Entrepreneur / Member Executive Board International Alliance of Women (IAW)
  • Ermira Lubani, Regional Project Manager, UN Women, Skopje, Macedonia
  • Vilma Petro, Head of Cabinet of Deputy Prime Minister of Albania         

Facilitator
Merjam Wakili, Project Manager, Trainer and Moderator, DW Akademie

Organiser
UN Women National Committee Germany

Cooperation Partner
Gender equality network: Gender@International Bonn

Wednesday
10:00 am

Workshop 13 – Translating the SDGs into national and sub-national strategies

Bertelsmann Stiftung, Sustainable Development Solutions Network Germany (SDSN Germany)

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.

Why you cannot afford to miss this workshop
If you wish to make a difference when adopting the SDGs within your specific societal and political context, then you need to know what works best and what doesn’t.

Presenters

  • 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

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

Organiser(s)
Bertelsmann Stiftung
Sustainable Development Solutions Network Germany (SDSN Germany)

Review and Slides

Find related slides in the Review 2015

Wednesday
10:00 am

Workshop 14 – Transformative alliances: how small groups of stakeholders could make a big difference

Development and Peace Foundation (sef:), Germanwatch

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.

Why you cannot afford to miss this workshop
Join us as we work out how to go further faster in transforming our societies in a creative and inspiring way.

Presenters

  • Kirsten Meersschaert Duchens, Europe Coordinator, Coalition for the International Criminal Court (CICC), The Hague, Netherlands
  • Lutz Weischer, Team Leader - International Climate Policy, Germanwatch, Bonn, Germany
  • Rafael Guevara Senga, Manager, Energy Policy Asia Pacific, WWF International, Manila, Philippines

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

Organisers
Development and Peace Foundation (sef:)
Germanwatch

Wednesday
10:00 am

Workshop 15 – Facilitating global transformation: insights from interdisciplinary development research

Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn

Drawing on international interdisciplinary research in Central Asia and in West and East Africa, this panel discussion offers insights into research on global transformation processes.

Countries in Central Asia are struggling to manage economic growth and processes of political transformation and still protect their natural environment at the same time. In this workshop we look at the various challenges and opportunities for strengthening research infrastructure and capacity in the field of social and environmental change in Uzbekistan, a country where ZEF has spent over ten years restructuring water and land management.

In West Africa, rapidly growing economies pose a challenge to the sustainable use of natural resources. ZEF has conducted decades of interdisciplinary research into water basin management, desertification, migration and climate change in this region – efforts that have culminated in the establishment of the West African Science Service Center (WASCAL) on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use. Today WASCAL is supported by 10 West African countries and offers 10 graduate programmes. The panel includes a West African researcher who has been involved in research development in this region.

In East Africa, ZEF has focused on transforming environmental protection. Research began with a small-scale biodiversity project on the management and protection of wild coffee resources in the Ethiopian rain forests. Ultimately, large-scale local capacity building efforts culminated in the establishment of a local NGO that has succeeded in creating a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in the wild coffee region. One of the researchers involved in this process will speak at the panel.

ZEF outlines the role research and capacity development can play in facilitating sustainable transformation.

Why you cannot afford to miss this workshop
After the panel discussion there will be a half-hour ‘market place’ with the opportunity to engage in one-on-one talks with our international speakers, take a look at some posters and… enjoy some Ethiopian coffee!

Speakers

  • Felix Asante, Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER), University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana
  • Anna-Katharina Hornidge, Senior Fellow, ZEF, Bonn
  • John Lamers, Senior Researcher, ZEF, Bonn
  • Djibi Thiam, ZEF, Bonn

Chair
Saravanan V.S. Subramanian, Senior Researcher, ZEF, Bonn

Host
Center for Development Research (ZEF)
University of Bonn, Germany

Wednesday
10:00 am

Workshop 16 – Implementing transformation – sharing urban knowledge

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Sustainable Development Solutions Network, Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment, and Energy

This workshop will discuss the challenges cities face in implementing an agenda of inclusive urban transformation. To that end, it will present a variety of existing initiatives supporting effective urban dialogue as well as networking approaches to knowledge-sharing and joint learning. The guiding questions are: what experience has been gained and what activities exist when it comes to urban knowledge-sharing, joint learning and change management between cities and between different stakeholders worldwide and at city level in particular? What are the success factors for effective dialogue processes in urban transformation? How can sharing and learning support urban transformation? How can successful innovations be replicated in other urban contexts? What kind of support could be made available to cities by national governments and international stakeholders?

Why you cannot afford to miss this workshop
When it comes to helping cities to implement transformation, there are a variety of practical ways of supporting effective urban dialogue and several networking approaches to sharing knowledge and engaging in joint learning. Being aware of success factors is a prerequisite to initiating effective change processes. By taking part in this session, delegates will gain an insight into ongoing and proven approaches to knowledge sharing and networking for inclusive transformation.

Presenters

  • Ralf-Rainer Braun, Head of Environmental Office, City of Hagen/Connective Cities, Germany
  • Ana Paula Rocha, Metropolitan Planning Company (Emplasa), Sao Paulo State Government, Brazil
  • Fasil Giorghis, Professor of Urbanism, City Forum Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Stephen Kovats, Founding Director, r0g_agency for open culture and critical transformation, Berlin, Germany
  • Shin Wei Ng, Senior Policy Advisor, E3G, United Kingdom
  • Ralf Schüle, Co-Director Research Group 2: Energy, Transport and Climate Policy, Wuppertal Institute, Germany

Facilitator
Albert Eckert, denkmodell GmbH, Germany

Organisers
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Sustainable Development Solutions Network
Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment, and Energy

Wednesday
10:00 am

Workshop 17 – How do war-torn societies transform? Narratives from on the ground

BICC (Bonn International Center for Conversion)

Countries such as Afghanistan, the DR Congo and South Sudan are striking examples of war-torn countries. Long-lasting violent conflicts have deeply impacted these societies - be it in everyday life, at the level of social security, human rights and political participation, or in terms of economic infrastructure.

The workshop addresses processes of transformation in the societies of these (post-) conflict countries: what does ‘transformation’ mean in this context? Which criteria must be used? Who are the main actors? Narratives from on the ground are intended to help participants understand life in conflict-ridden countries so that realistic approaches to co-operation can be found and mutual learning processes initiated.

In addition, the workshop seeks to examine different perceptions of ‘transformation’ in the global North and South: is ‘transformation’ something that can be implemented? Is there a gap between capacity-development efforts and the realities in (post-) conflict countries? If so, who are the main actors that can bridge this gap - civil society, academics, politicians, or particular institutions? Is there also a need for ‘transformation’ on the part of these actors?

Why you cannot afford to miss this workshop
This workshop uniquely connects insights from on the ground with an overarching applied research approach. Participants can jointly discuss and compare knowledge from and experiences in transition processes in countries such as Afghanistan, the DR Congo and South Sudan.

Presenters

  • Isabella Bauer, Aktionsgemeinschaft Dienst für den Frieden e.V
  • Masood Karokhail, Director and co-founder, The Liaison Office (TLO), Afghanistan
  • Luuk van de Vondervoort, Technical Advisor in South Sudan, BICC, Netherlands

Facilitator
Elke Grawert, Senior Researcher, BICC, Germany

Organiser
BICC (Bonn International Center for Conversion)

Wednesday
10:00 am

Workshop 18 – Living labs – a tool for transformation on the ground

Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) Potsdam; Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment, Energy

Any ‘great transformation’ needs concepts that are both scientifically capable and yet practically savvy. Given that transformational projects do not come with a guarantee for success, various kinds of real-world experiments and transformational labs on the ground are smart tools when it comes to understanding and driving local transformation. The emerging approach of ‘living labs’ offers researchers and practitioners a transdisciplinary framework for mutually enriching cooperation, co-design and co-production.

This workshop briefly outlines the state-of-the-art of real-world laboratories and presents examples of thriving projects in Europe and Brazil. Since living labs are highly dependent on their local context, special attention is given to the ‘texture of urban transformation’ and the idea of ‘scaling up’ vs. ‘the dissemination of good ideas to a million places’. The workshop also discusses different ways of spreading transformation that are not based on ‘copy-n’-paste’ solutions.

Together, scientists and practitioners will examine the criteria for sound transdisciplinary research and get the chance to lay the foundations for – or to rethink – their own living laboratory.

Why you cannot afford to miss this workshop
Living labs: learn about inspiring projects of urban transformation and hone your understanding of the innovative methodology of transdisciplinarity. This is where science meets practical transformation: a perfect match!

Presenters

  • Katleen De Flander, Research Fellow, IASS Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany
  • Tom Henfrey, Senior Researcher, The Schumacher Institute & Transition Research Network, Bristol, United Kingdom
  • Monica Picavea, REconomy entrepreneur, Brazilian Transition Research Institute, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Matthias Wanner, Scientific Assistant and PhD Student, Wuppertal Institute, Wuppertal, Germany

Organisers
Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) Potsdam
Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment, Energy

Wednesday
10:00 am

Workshop 19 – Open, big or smart – digital data as a catalyst for SDG achievement worldwide

World Wide Web Foundation, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

‘Data are the lifeblood of decision-making and the raw material for accountability.’ This was the recent conclusion by the Independent Expert Advisory Group set up by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Statistics, figures and data have always been important for measuring impacts in international development. But this age of extremely rapid technological progress – and the associated increase in online and mobile digital connectivity – is giving rise to a whole new world of opportunities for producing, distributing and using digital data in a much wider context. Digital data act as a catalyst for SDG achievement worldwide.

Ministries and public authorities are already making data available to the public in an effort to promote transparency and active citizenship. Also, anonymised user data from telecommunications companies are being analysed in order to better understand the spread of diseases and improve health systems.

At the same time, questions are being raised that have yet to be answered: Who actually benefits from the increasing availability of data? What is the quality of this data? How is it collected and accessed? And how is personal information protected? The goal is nothing less than to establish a socio-political code for the collection, use and protection of data in general and within the narrower context of the post-2015 agenda.

The workshop will examine these issues and use case studies as a basis for discussing the potential and risks that this increasing flood of information entails for the political, social and economic advancement of developing countries and emerging economies.

Why you cannot afford to miss this workshop
Because the so-called ‘data revolution’ is the gateway to a fundamental shift in the way we create and measure impact across all social and economic spheres – which makes it essential to global transformation.

Presenters

  • Anne Doose, Advisor, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
  • Andreas Pawelke, Director, Open Data Lab Jakarta, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Claudia Schwegmann, Board Member, Open Knowledge Foundation, Hanover, Germany
  • Nanjira Sambuli, Researcher, iHub Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya

Facilitator
Savita Bailur, Open Data Research Lead, World Wide Web Foundation, London, England

Organisers
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
World Wide Web Foundation

Wednesday
10:00 am

Workshop 20 – Transformative Power: How media contribute to change and development

DW Akademie, Deutsche Welle

Transformative power: how media contribute to change and development

How do media contribute to transformative developments? What role does media development play? And which factors play a role in establishing an enabling environment so that media can contribute to transformation processes?

The workshop looks at three areas involving DW Akademie projects, and aims to establish a link between the media and political – or other – areas. The workshop also looks at the conditions required for media to contribute effectively to transformation processes.

Transformation through innovation: the power of web-based technologies

The internet is one of the main drivers of change. Innovative projects from the Global South show how digital technologies are promoting freedom of expression and access to information.

Yet freedom of expression in countries of the Global South is often challenged by undemocratic regimes, human rights abuses, inequality, poverty, corruption, surveillance, lack of access to information, poor media literacy and high costs of the internet and communication services. However, the South2South manifesto shows how digital technologies can be used in innovative, ethical, democratic, inclusive and collaborative ways to solve problems and improve people’s lives.

Transformation through public broadcasting: the challenge of restructuring big players in national media systems

Public radio and television stations have a public mandate to explain or at least look critically at global changes. Broadcasters often remain the prime source of information and educational content and thus continue to play a major role in many media markets and societies. State broadcasters, however, are among those institutions that require a major shift in values and self-perception. We take a closer look at the conditions necessary and opportunities for a successful transformation of state media institutions.

Transformation through transparency: the data revolution and its implications for development

While the internet makes information increasingly accessible and transparent, huge amounts of data and highly complex content often require an approach known as ‘data journalism’.

So how is this changing journalism? How is it affecting the media’s role as a watchdog? And how can data journalism help civil society push political actors and public institutions to be accountable for their actions?

‘Why you shouldn’t miss this workshop!’

Transformation processes start in the mind but are often sparked by the media. That’s because media provide information, raise awareness, offer know-how, help form opinions, uncover wrongdoings, make dialogue possible and offer platforms for participation. Transformation processes can later be translated into action by the state and by civil society. Media play an important role here, too – whether in conveying development goals or organising protests via social media.

Speakers:

  • Erik Albrecht, Researcher at Department of Strategy and Consulting Services, DW Akademie
  • Penhleak Chan, Managing Editor, Open Development Cambodia, Cambodia
  • Holger Hank, Head of Knowledge Management and Digital Innovation, DW Akademie
  • Steffen Leidel, Project Manager for Digital Innovation and Knowledge Management, DW Akademie

Moderator:

Patrick Leusch, Head of International Affairs, DW Akademie

Organiser
DW Akademie
Deutsche Welle

Review and News

'Media as catalyst: driver for a new development agenda' (by DW Akademie)