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Intercultural Dialogue on the Challenges of Global Governance

25 June, 4:00 p.m., Plenary Chamber
Hosted by
German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Enticklungspolitik (DIE) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

The emergence of global and regional powers from the developing world has fundamentally changed the contours of the international order. It has brought to an end the predominance of Western countries created by the Industrial Revolution. The ongoing transition to a “multi-polar” or rather “non-polar” world raises the question on which norms and values will guide the evolution of a new global governance system. World cultures and civilizations differ in their understanding of global challenges and domestic responsibilities. Therefore, we need to develop avenues of intercultural dialogue which recognize diversity while fostering common views and practical solutions to planetary problems.

It is against this backdrop that since 2007 the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Ent­wicklungspolitik (DIE) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) have been training highly qualified young professionals from Egypt, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Pakistan and South Africa. This training and dialogue program, called “Managing Global Governance” (MGG), strengthens the capacities of Germany’s partner countries in shaping globalization processes as well as supporting them with the implementation of national reform policies and the reduction of poverty. At the same time the program encourages high-level networking between Germany/Europe and the participating countries. The aim is to design stable, strategic partnerships on equal terms to identify common approaches to solving global challenges.

Is global governance a Euro-centric, Western concept or can it be applied in other world regions and at the global level as a useful framework for international cooperation? How can we find a consensus on universal values that apply to global governance? What are success stories for North-South cooperation on key global challenges? How can we strengthen dialogue between civilizations to promote common solutions to specific global problems? These and other questions will be addressed by this panel of high-level experts from developed and developing countries.

Panelists:

Scholz, Dr. Imme (Moderator)
Deputy Director, German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), Germany

Mthembu, Philani
GSGP-Graduate School of Global Politics at the University of Berlin (FU), Germany

Muhibat, Shafiah
IFSH - Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg, Germany

Qiang, Wang
China Institute of International Studies (CIIS), China

Skala-Kuhmann, Dr. Astrid
Director, Global Partnerships, Emerging Economies Unit, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit - GIZ, Berlin, Germany