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Best of GMF 2014

Plenary Sessions

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The Future of International Broadcasters - Values for a Globalized World

To mark Deutsche Welle's 60th anniversary, Director General Erik Bettermann will welcome many distinguished guests.

Monday, 17 June 2013

The attention paid to globalization in international dialog is growing constantly. Inevitably those discussions revolve around the conveyance of ideals, at least indirectly.

In a fragmented media landscape, institutions are needed to supply reliable information and analyze and classify content. International broadcasters like Deutsche Welle, BBC World Service and France 24 fulfill that role. Credibility is the ultimate currency in the international competition of diverging voices.

Commemorating 60 years of Deutsche Welle, key cultural and political contemporaries will join Deutsche Welle Director General Erik Bettermann for a celebratory event in the former plenary chamber of Germany's parliament. In this historic setting they will review the role and legacy of international broadcasting and look ahead to the future.

Bernd Neumann, Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, will hold a ceremonial speech. He will be followed by Jürgen Nimptsch, Mayor of the Federal City of Bonn; Marc Jan Eumann, State Secretary in the Ministry of Federal Affairs, European Affairs and Media of North Rhine-Westphalia and Lutz Marmor, ARD Chairman and Director-General of Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR).

Special Guest: Avram Noam Chomsky

Monday, 17 June 2013

World-renowned linguist, philosopher and political critic, Avram Noam Chomsky will give a lecture on “Roadmaps for a Just World”. Prof. Chomsky will examine how people are reanimating democracy and how the media are challenged to communicate this process.

Global Governance: Blueprint for a Sustainable World Economy

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

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Globalization constantly poses new challenges to international policymaking. Individual states feel overwhelmed by the task of single-handedly addressing global problems. International interventions are obviously needed. Dirk Messner, Director of the German Development Institute (Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik - DIE) and an expert on globalization, agrees. He says it is crucial to discuss "how approaches to global problem-solving could be progressed in the direction of global governance architecture and which factors stand in its way”. There are many pressing issues on the global agenda, such as climate change and its consequences for humankind and nature (climate refugees, rising sea levels, declining biodiversity), the regulation of international financial markets, scarce resources, poverty and hunger, to name just a few.

Processes of globalization are blurring the lines between domestic and foreign policy. Security, environmental and development policies are becoming more intermeshed. The structural design of global policy is changing, even more so by varying, politically-motivated interpretations of the concept of global governance. Some insist on more scope for political determination while others prioritize independent, business-driven trade structures. Nevertheless, both variations are eager to constrain national egotisms through international regulations and involve non-governmental stakeholders more closely in international negotiation processes.

How can global governance help to implement the aims of sustainable development, social justice, environmental protection and democratic participation? Given their contrasting objectives, is an alliance between social movements and major global economic players even possible? What role do the media have in this context and what position will they take in the course of their own reorientation? The plenary session on the second day of the DW Global Media Forum will explore these and related questions.

Changing Economic Values - Green Economy, CSR and Human Rights

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Growth at any cost as the main driver of economic policy is increasingly coming under fire. A shift in priorities is becoming evident within the fabric of the world economy. More importance is given to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), especially in times of economic crisis. Along with corporate citizenship and sustainability measurement, CSR is a core element of a changing mindset. However, this rethinking is defined differently by international, European and national institutions, while models such as economic localization, circular economy and collaborative consumption are pointing the way toward sustainable development across the planet.

“Development is about transforming the lives of people, not just transforming economies”,says Nobel laureate in economics, Joseph Stiglitz, summing up the debate about growth as a defining factor of success.The spectrum of differing positions is wide. Michael Heise, Chief Economist of Allianz SE, says, "Clearly we cannot strive for growth at any cost, but it's equally dangerous to renounce it. Without growth we would certainly not be able to resolve the problems that lie ahead." United Nations Global Compact calls on businesses to take action. Stating ten principles in the areas of human rights, labor, the environment and anti-corruption, it provides global orientation for putting corporate responsibility into practice and implementing governmental duties to protect citizens.

What political structures for CSR are in place and how to do they impact commercial activities? What responsibilities do global players have to uphold human rights? And where do the media stand in the context of a world economy in transition? The third plenary session at the 2013 Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum will focus on such fundamental issues with first-hand case studies and best-practice examples.