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Molly Anderson

Assessing the World’s Agriculture: the IAASTD Report and the Future of Sustainable Food Policy (December 5, 2012)

On December 5, 2012, GPF and the Working Group on Food & Hunger invited Molly Anderson from the College of the Atlantic to discuss the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD) report and the future of sustainable food policy. Ms. Anderson was one of the coordinating lead authors of the study that reflected the work of more than 900 agricultural experts from 110 countries. To this day the IAASTD report remains by far the most definitive study of global agricultural science and technology.  During the luncheon, Ms. Anderson discussed the report’s implications for policy making. She also discussed the contested terrain of food system alternatives after Rio+20.

Nora McKeon
The Committee on World Food Security: Civil Society Participation and Recent Policy Developments (November 8, 2012)
On November 8, 2012, GPF and the Working Group on Food & Hunger invited Nora McKeon from Terra Nuova (Rome) to discuss the  Committee on World Food Security. Ms. McKeon addressed the role of civil society in the process and discussed the recent policy developments in Rome, arguing for better cooperation between Rome in New York in this UN process. The policy luncheon was a part of ‘The Future of Global Food Policy’- forum series at the United Nations and was heavily attended by both delegations and members of civil society.

ActionAid Representatives and Jim

Land Grabbing - A Grassroots Perspective: A Discussion with ActionAid Representatives (September 13, 2012)

On September 13, 2012, GPF and the Working Group on Food and Hunger organized a policy luncheon on land grabbing with ActionAid representatives from Senegal, Tanzania and Bangladesh. The representatives provided examples of cases of land grabbing from their countries, highlighting the existing challenges concerning land tenure. In addition to the specific country representatives, Ruchi Tripathi and Marie Brill from ActionAid International introduced the different ways ActionAid is working on land tenure issues globally. The policy luncheon was a part of the 'Future of Global Food Policy' - forum series at the United Nations and was heavily attended by both delegations and members of civil society.

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Raging War, Waging Peace: Achieving Justice in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (August 31, 2012)
GPF co-hosted a discussion with representatives of a delegation from the DRC gathering church and civil society leaders. The delegation was in New York to hand a petition to the Secretary General and the Security Council calling for peace and justice in the DRC. During their presentations, the panelists talked about the history of Rwandan intervention in DRC, the role of natural resources in the conflict, and the plight of Congolese women.

Noelle and Jim
Advancing Farm Workers’ Rights in the Corporate Food Supply Chain: A discussion with Rev. Noelle Damico (May 10, 2012; New York)

The Tragic Legacies of Lebanon's Phalangists: A conversation with Jonathan Randall (May 11, 2012)
GPF co-sponsored this book launch with the Presbyterian Ministry at the UN. Author Jonathan Randall, a longtime Washington Post correspondent, spoke about the re-issue of his classic 1983 study of politics and civil war in Lebanon, the Israeli invasion, and the massacres of Sabra and Shatilla.  Just World Books publisher Helena Cobban, herself a Middle East expert and journalist, also spoke.

Shahzad Akbar, Medea Benjamin and
James Paul
Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control, with author Medea Benjamin (May 2, 2012)

Drones (unmanned aerial vehicles) have become the signature weapons of the US covert air strikes in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Yemen. The use of drones in undeclared wars violates both the US Constitution and international law. Drone strikes are carried out without due process, and do not discriminate between intended targets and bystanders. Many innocent civilians, including children, are killed as a result. Medea Benjamin’s book is a call to action, with a look at what activists, lawyers, and scientists are doing to rein in the drones.

Bruno Tissot
Luncheon with Bruno Tissot of the Bank for International Settlements (April 23, 2012)
Bruno Tissot, Advisor to the General Manager of the Swiss-based Bank for International Settlements, spoke at a private luncheon meeting organized by GPF for a group of NGOs and other experts.  Tissot talked about the instability of the global financial system and the growing difficulty in finding solutions to the crisis that began in 2008.  He noted that $15 trillion in additional sovereign spending has failed to bring renewed health to markets.  Participants concluded that neither banks nor government treasuries have much more capacity to keep the bailout going and strong political leadership is woefully absent.

Haroon Akram-Lodhi

The Land Grabbing Disaster and the Global Food System: A discussion with Haroon Akram-Lodhi (April 11, 2012)

Hedge-funds, governments, and agro-industrial industries have been buying or leasing large blocks of agricultural land around the world in a process widely known as "land grabbing." Land grabbing has displaced tens of millions of small producers, who have lost their livelihoods as a result. Global Policy Forum invited Professor Haroon Akram-Lodhi of Trent University to speak about the issue.

Abby Goldberg, Evan Lyon, Mario Joseph,
and Brian Concannon

Law in the Time of Cholera: UN Peacekeeping, Cholera, and Human Rights in Haiti (April 9, 2012)
GPF organized this event with the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti to discuss the cholera epidemic in Haiti, and the the larger role of MINUSTAH, the UN's Peacekeeping force that brought cholera to the region. Co-sponsers include the Center for Constitutional Rights, International Association of Democratic Lawyers, Mennonite Central Committee, Presbyterian Ministry at the UN, and United Methodist Women. The discussion featured Abby Goldberg (New Media Advocacy Project), Mario Joseph (Bureau des Avocats Internationaux), Dr. Evan Lyon, and Brian Concannon (Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti).

Pat Mooney, David Weaver and
Dena Hof

The Movement for Food Sovereignty: A discussion with La Via Campesina (March 26, 2012; New York)

La Via Campesina coined the term, "Food Sovreignty," in 1996. The term refers to a policy framework advocated by small-scale farmers that allows them to define their own agricultural system.

Marion presents

Corporate Influence on Food Policy - A discussion with Marion Nestle (February 15, 2012; New York)

This discussion with Professor Marion Nestle examined the increasing influence of corporations on food policy. Through the deregulation of Wall Street, a sharp rise in lobbying power and billions being poured into marketing, giant corporations have taken over the food system. Nestle warned against public institutions partnering with food companies and advocated for tighter regulation of corporations.

Paul Mikov, James Paul and Doreen Stabinsky
Climate Change & Agriculture: Looking towards Rio + 20 – A discussion with Doreen Stabinsky (January 18, 2012)

This discussion featured Doreen Stabinsky, Professor of Global Environmental Politics at College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbon, Maine. With Rio + 20 coming up in June, this timely discussion was focused on the link between climate change and agriculture. Professor Stabinsky warned that “business as usual is not an option” and advocated for a reform of the overall agriculture and food system: a paradigm shift away from industrial agriculture and towards sustainable production and consumption. She warned that unless we address the current model of development, we will be unable to achieve global food security. Delegates, UN staff and members of the NGO community participated.


Julien Meimon, Manuel Manonelles and Gail Hurley

Nurturing Development: The Role of Innovative Financing for Development and its Implications of Economic Governance (December 6, 2011)
In the context of the 5th High Panel Debate on Financing for Development, GPF and UBUNTU Forum co-sponsored this event on how to better align the twofold goals of effective economic governance and fundraising for development.  The discussion featured Manuel Manonelles (UBUNTU Forum), Peter Bakvis (International Trade Union Confederation), Julien Meimon (Leading Group on Innovative Financing for Development), Gail Hurley (United Nations Development Program) and Rodrigo Robredo (Spanish Foreign Ministry). The debate focused on Financial Transaction Taxes, in particular the Currency Transaction Tax (CTT) and on the Air Transport Levy as three innovative methods which succeed in raising revenues for development while taxing those individuals and economic sectors that have the financial capacities to pay. At the same time, FTTs and CTTs can improve economic governance and push speculation back.


Recent Developments on the Right to Food - A Conversation with UN Special Rapporteur Olivier de Schutter (November 16, 2011; New York)

In this discussion, UN Special Rapporteur Olivier de Schutter gave an update on the Right to Food since the start of his second term as the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food. De Schutter talked about the urgent need to curb commodity speculation, end subsidies and for the WTO to change trade rules that privelege exporting countries. De Schutter also touched upon the negative impacts of biofuels, land grabbing, and the need to recognize and support small-scale farmers.

Ken Davies and Jim Paul

Purchase for Progress - Connecting Smallholder Farmers to Markets in Africa and Central America: A discussion with Ken Davies (October 28, 2011; New York)

This discussion featured Ken Davies, Coordinator of UN World Food Programme’s “Purchase for Progress” (P4P) initiative. This five-year pilot program began in September 2008 and is based in 21 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Davies spoke about the structure of the program and efforts by WFP to buy staple crops from farmers’ organizations in these countries, through direct or forward contracts. P4P trains small and medium traders in farming techniques and crop quality control. P4P is primarily funded by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and has connected over 500,000 small farmers to markets.

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Human Rights in Palestine and the Role of the 66th General Assembly: A Briefing by Raji Sourani (September 27, 2011)
GPF, the NGO Working Group on Israel and Palestine, and US Federation for Middle East Peace co-sponsored this event featuring Raji Sourani, Founder of the Palestinian Center for Human Rights in Gaza and Vice President of the International Federation for Human Rights. As the UN Security Council debates the Palestinian Authority’s bid for recognition of a Palestinian state, Sourani highlights issues of basic fundamental human rights, the international rule of law, and standards of accountability. He also deconstructs the normalization of the Israeli occupation. An award winning human rights lawyer, Sourani was denied entrance to the US for the last 11 years due to his alleged association with terrorists. His trip and this event were possible only after former US President Carter, among others, advocated on his behalf.

James Paul, Manuel Manonelles & Jose Maria  Fernandez Lopez de Turiso

Innovating in Justice, Innovating in Finance: Time for a Financial Transaction Tax (September 22, 2011; New York)
The debate focused on the introduction of a Financial Transaction Tax (FTT), which could generate resources to fund development. Introducing a tax of only 0,005% on currency exchange transactions, for instance, would be sufficient to raise over $30 billion per year. Panelists acknowledged the unprecedented willingness among governments and policymakers to establish such a tax. The introduction of a FTT has long ceased to be a utopia: its implementation is economically and technically feasible, and is now a matter of political will. GPF has long advocated for the introduction of global taxes, and published a major policy paper on this topic in 2001. However, Jim Paul and other NGOs representatives warned that governments may try to hijack the revenue generated by a tax such as the FTT to fill their own coffers.

Rashid Khalidi & Doug Hostetter

Palestine: The UN Debate and Beyond - A Discussion with Rashid Khalidi, Karima Bennoune, and Benjamin Beit Hallahmi (September 12, 2011; New York)
This discussion featured Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University, Karima Bennoune, Professor of Law and at Rutgers University, and Benjamin Beit Hallahmi, Professor of Psychology at the University of Haifa, Israel. It examined the context of Palestine’s UN bid and explored the legal ramifications of the idea of Palestinian statehood. According to Khalidi, for the last two decades the rules functioning as the basis for peace negotiations have been imposed by the US, often at the insistence of its Israeli ally. Although in his view the Palestinian initiative will not end the occupation or result in liberation, it is a positive step for changing the terms currently underpinning the conflict. The UN, a multilateral forum with an international legal basis, is where this issue should be decided.

More than 40 experts attended
A European Seat on the UN Security Council? (May 23-25, 2011; Brussels)
GPF was the lead organizer of a conference in Brussels on May 23-25, to consider the possibility of a European seat in the UN Security Council. Co-sponsored by the Dag Hammarskold Foundation of Uppsala, the Development and Peace Foundation of Bonn, and the Istituto Affari Internazionali of Rome, this was GPF's third conference on Security Council reform and without doubt the most ambitious. Forty-two experts gathered to discuss the issue, seen as a dimension of growing regionalism in global governance and a way to better represent all the world's people on vital issues of peace and security. Among the speakers and participants were Ambassador Peter van Walsum (the Netherlands), Member of the European Parliament Ana Gomes (Portugal), Ambassador Andrzej Towpik (Poland), Professor Daniele Archibugi (Birkbeck College London), and GPF Senior Advisor Celine Nahory (Switzerland, India). The conference ended on the 25th, with a very well-attended hearing in the European Parliament and plans for future collaboration on the topic by many of those attending.

David Pimentel and Jim Paul

Energy and Eating - How biofuels affect the world's food supply and what we should do about it: A discussion with David Pimentel (March 16, 2011; New York)

The diminishing supply of oil and high energy prices encourages the conversion of grain and other food products into biofuels. This luncheon discussion with David Pimentel, Emeritus Professor at Cornell University, addressed the negative impacts of biofuels on the environment and economy. Delegates, NGOs and UN staff participated. Pimentel talked about the challenge of energy conservation and how grains should be used to feed the 4.5 billion people who are currently malnourished worldwide.

Martin Lees & Jim Paul

The Food Crisis and the Limits to Growth: A Discussion with Martin Lees (February 9, 2011; New York)
This discussion featured Martin Lees, former Secretary General of the Club of Rome and former top UN official. In a world where one in three people are under-nourished in sub-Saharan Africa, and where 80 per cent of income is spent on food in African countries, a dialogue on the food crisis and limits to growth is essential.  The current model of growth is failing to eradicate hunger and is failing to provide opportunities for people to find productive work. Additionally, economic growth is destabilizing the climate and ecological systems and is ignoring the interests of future generations.

Frederick Kaufman & Jim Paul

Speculation and Food: price instability and the food reserve option - A Discussion with Frederick Kaufman and Karen Hansen-Kuhn (January 20, 2011; New York)
In this discussion, investigative journalist Frederick Kaufman addressed wheat market prices, grain futures and the "financialization of food", as well as the "subversion" of market. Karen Hansen-Kuhn, International Program Director at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy discussed government food reserves as a method to confront price volatility.


Danny Chingimbu presents
Luncheon with Danny Chingimbu, a smallholder farmer from Zambia (December 15, 2010; New York)
The NGO Working Group on Food and Hunger met with Danny Chingimbu, a smallholder farmer from Zambia, at a luncheon cosponsored by IFAD - the International Fund for Agricultural Development. The conversation considered the experience of rural farmers in Zambia, as well as ideas about holistic solutions to promote the growth of household agricultural production.

Olivier de Schutter and Jim Paul
Realizing the Right to Food - A Conversation with UN Special Rapporteur Olivier de Schutter (Luncheon, December 1, 2010; New York)
This discussion with Olivier de Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, addressed landgrabbing, speculation, biofuels and other topics. Delegates, NGOs and UN staff participated. De Schutter talked about the challenge to mobilize public opinion and the very grave implications of current trends in terms of growing poverty and hunger.

Forum, "Must We Change the Global Economic System in Order to Eradicate Hunger and Poverty?" (September 22, 2010; New York)
This forum, organized by Church World Service and co-sponsored by the NGO working Group on Food and Hunger, was held in connection with a UN summit to assess progress on the eight Millennium Development Goals to cut extreme poverty in half by 2015. The participants, coming from a range of humanitarian, church and advocacy groups, discussed what systemic change is needed to empower impoverished people around the world. The event was followed by a reception at GPF's office.

Luncheon with Noel de Luna, Chairman of the Committee on World Food Security (July 19, 2010; New York)
GPF and the NGO Working Group on Food and Hunger invited Mr. de Luna, a diplomat, from the Philippines, to discuss the important recent reform of the Rome-based Committee on World Food Security (CFS) and the possible links between the Rome process and food policy activities in New York.

Mr. Pace and Ms. Trahan prepare their notes
GPF Roundtable: Discussing the Outcome of the ICC Review Conference (June 24, 2010; New York)
GPF invited the convenor of the Coalition for the International Criminal Court, William Pace, and assistant clinical professor at the Centre for Global Affairs at New York University, Jennifer Trahan, for a roundtable discussion on the relevance and outcome of the Review Conference of the International Criminal Court. The discussion focussed mainly on the amendment on the crime of aggression and the role of the United States during the negotiations on this issue.

Chavannes Jean-Baptiste
The Presbyterian UN Office, together with the NGO Working Group on Food and Hunger, invited Chavannes Jean-Baptiste to speak to a New York audience on Food Sovereignty and Sustainable Agriculture in Haiti. Chavannes has been on the front lines of struggle for Haitian farmers for many years as Head of the Peasant Movement of Papaye (MPP) and Coordinator of the Joining Hands Initiative in Haiti. Chavannes founded the MPP in 1974 and has been the director for the past 34 years. Chavannes is also a founding member of La Via Campesina, the largest worldwide movement of farmers and peasants.

The distinguished panelists discuss UN finance issues
This event addressed the issues, challenges, and prospects of financing the operation of the United Nations. The conference consisted of two panel discussions, each followed by an engaging question-and-answer period. Ren Yisheng of the Chinese Mission, Thomas Gürber of the Swiss Mission, and Klaus Hüfner of UNA Germany and Global Policy Forum spoke on the first panel. Kaire Mbuende of the Namibian Mission, Morten Wetland of the Norwegian Mission, and Bengt Säve-Söderbergh of the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (ret.) spoke on the second panel. Numerous diplomats and experts attended the conference, which was co-hosted with Friedrich Ebert Stiftung and the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation.


alice powell associate at gpf introduces the speakers
Alice Powell of GPF introduces our speakers
This discussion focussed on the role of private security contractors (PSCs) in contemporary politics, warfare and particuarly within the United Nations system. The panel consisted of: James Cockayne (Senior Fellow and New York Director of the Center on Global Counter-Terrorism Cooperation), Scott Horton (New York attorney and expert in military and international law) and Jeremy Schaill (Investigative journalist and Puffin writing fellow for the Nation Institute). Drawing on the expertise of our three speakers, the discussion addressed crucial questions like: does the UN use PSCs and should we strive to restrict or regulate PSCs?




John Christensen presents
Luncheon on International Tax Policy with John Christensen (December 4, 2009; New York)
This event featured the Director of the London-based Tax Justice Network, who discussed the very large tax revenues that are evaded every year by multinational companies and wealthy individuals, using "secrecy jurisdictions" like the Cayman Islands, the Isle of Man, Luxembourg and many more. These missing funds impoverish states while enriching individuals, creating fiscal crises among both rich and poor countries. An international movement is under way to re-capture these revenues and make taxes fairer. Event co-sponsored by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation, CONGO, NGLS, Tax Justice Network, and the World Council of Churches.

John Filson presents
Luncheon on Humanitarian Work in Iraq with John Filson (October 30, 2009 - New York)
A lunch event at Quaker House with John Filson, who worked as the Menonite Central Committee's Iraq Program Coordinator from 2007-2009, based in Northern Iraq. Filson talked about the difficulty of working as a neutral humanitarian in a highly-political context under the US occupation. Event co-sponsored with the MCC UN Office and the Quaker UN Office.

Abdulsatar Yunis demonstrates
Luncheon with Abdulstatar Yunis of La 'Onf (October 13, 2009; New York)
A brown bag lunch with Abdulsatar Younis, a representative from the Iraqi organization La 'Onf: meaning "No Violence." GPF sponsored this event, which provided an opportunity to listen to the winner of the Pfeiffer Peace Prize of the Fellowship of Reconciliation. Younis talked about the efforts of La 'Onf to bring peace and reconciliation to war- torn Iraq.

Ricardo Sanchez presents
Luncheon on Agriculture, Food and Climate Change: the challenge of sustainable food production (September 22, 2009; New York)
This event, held during the day-long United Nations Summit on Climate Change, brings attention to the close connection of climate change with food & agricultural production. Already, climate change is having a serious negative effect on food production, as droughts, floods and water scarcity affect yields. At the same time, agriculture is contributing a substantial proportion of all greenhouse gases. The luncheon will bring together experts from the UN, NGOs, faith communities and academia to examine this pressing topic and to consider options for policy.


Gerda Verberg presents

Global Policy Reform of Food and Agriculture (May 11, 2009; New York)

Side Event during the Commission on Sustainable Development, co-sponsored with the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, Church World Service, the NGO Working Group on Food & Hunger and others. Speakers included Alexandra Spieldoch of IATP, Gerda Verberg the Netherlands Agriculture Minister and CSD Co-Chair, Monika Kalra Varma, Erika Rosenthal, Arthur Getz, Barbara Adams and others.


A Side Event at the UN Commission on Sustainable Development, featuring speakers who were authors of the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development. Organized jointly with many others, including FAO, UNESCO, the IAASTD, the Governments of Switzerland and France, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Third World Network and Church World Service.

The Crisis in Haiti and the United Nations (May 5, 2009; 1:00-2:45; New York)
A brown bag lunch with lawyer Brian Concannon, Director of the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti and Mario Joseph of the Haiti-based Bureau des Avocats Internationaux. They presented recent developments in the country and the controversial role of Minustah, the UN peacekeeping mission in the country. In particular they talked about the flawed recent elections.


Molly Anderson presents
Breakfast Roundtable on the Global Food Crisis and the Right to Food (April 6, 2009; 8:15-9:45; New York)
Special guests: Olivier De Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food and Molly Anderson, Coordinating lead author for the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development and Fellow at the Wallace Center. Organized jointly with the NGO Working Group on Food & Hunger.


Daniele Archibugi presents
Meeting with Prof. Daniele Archibugi - Author of the Global Commonwealth of Citizens: Towards Cosmopolitan Democracy (February 19, 2009; New York)
Daniele Archibugi teaches at Birkbeck College, University of London and serves as Reserach Director at the Italian National Research Ceouncil. Archibugi's new book, The Global Commonwealth of Citizens, considers how democracy can be built - from the local to the global - in today's world. Archibugi argues for the "central importance of the United Nations" and sets out ways the UN can be strengthened and made more accountable. He tackles many interesting questions, such as self-determination, war, multilingualism, and humanitarian intervention. This event was co-sponsored by Global Policy Forum and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation.


Leading practitioners and theorists reflected on the recently-passed UN Regular Budget and on the UN's financial challenges for the coming budgetary year 2009. Angela Kane, Under Secretary General for Management, gave the keynote opening remarks. Speakers included Klaus Hüfner, professor emeritus of the Freie Universität Berlin, Steve Dimoff of the UNA-USA Washington Office, Mohammad Tal of the ACABQ, and others. Hilary French of Worldwatch Institute and Jeffrey Laurenti of the Century Foundation moderated the discussions. The event was organized by Global Policy Forum and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung.

Meeting with Conor Foley - Author of The Thin Blue Line (February 9, 2009; New York)
Author Conor Foley has worked for UNHCR and other humanitarian agencies in a number of crises - including Kosovo, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Sri Lanka and other countries. His new book, The Thin Blue Line, develops a critique of humanitarian action and military intervention. His analysis grapples with the complexities and dilemmas of the humanitarian project. At this lunch meeting, he argueed that military intervention is rarely a good solution to the world's problems.



Crisis in Gaza: UNRWA Humanitarian Briefing Panel (January 9, 2009 - New York)
Co-sponsored by Global Policy Forum and the Israel/Palestine Working Group. This event included information and commentary from Andrew Whitley, Director, UNRWA Representative Office in New York, Peter Weiss, Vice President, International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and many international NGO representatives, human rights advocates, and members of the public.



Step Up to the Plate: Ending the Food Crisis (October 16, 2008 - New York)
On the World Food day, GPF supported an event on the food crisis, organized by World Hunger Year. Speakers talked about the real causes and solutions to the crisis. The Great Hall at Cooper Union was packed with more than 500 people including activists, students, and journalists.
More information on the event here. To read the Call to Action and then sign-on, click here. To watch excerpts from Stepping up the Plate please click here.



Global Policy Forum and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation organized a day-long conference on the global food crisis. Representatives from the UN, NGOs and academic institutions spoke about the causes of the crisis as well as solutions, focusing on the role of the UN.



Demystifying the Iran Crisis: Nuclear Weapons and Mad Mullahs? (November 13, 2007 - New York)
A discussion and fundraising reception to support the work of Global Policy Forum. Special guests were Ervand Abrahamian (CUNY Distinguished Professor) and John Burroughs (Executive Director, Lawyers' Committee on Nuclear Policy) Each speaker touched upon the historical context of a nuclear Iran in relation to the United Nations and the international community.


Policy Luncheon on Iraq (October 19, 2007 - New York)
Iraq experts on Security Council delegations and selected UN staff members had a telephone dialogue with three leaders of major parliamentary blocs in Iraq . The parliamentarians and the delegates discussed the renewal of the UN mandate of the Multinational Force (MNF) in Iraq .
Co-Sponsors: Global Policy Forum, Mennonite Central Committee UN Office and World Council of Churches UN Office.


Money may not be everything, but Civil Society Perspectives on Financing the International Development Goals (October 15 - 16, 2007 - Bonn)
One year ahead of the United Nations Financing for Development Conference in Doha in 2008, Global Policy Forum Europe, terre des hommes and Social Watch hosted an international seminar on development financing. The meeting served as a brainstorming session. Participants shared experiences and expectations seeking to contribute to the formulation of civil society benchmarks for the Financing for Development Conference.
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Whose Partnership for Whose Development? (July 4, 2007 - Geneva)
One day ahead of the "Global Compact Leaders Summit" at the UN in Geneva, an international group of NGOs and researchers sponsored a hearing, to assess the partnership approach of the Global Compact and to propose alternatives for real corporate accountability. For more information, see the speaking notes from this event.


Workshop on the Midterm Review of the MDGs (June 22, 2007 - Bonn)
Program in German


From Disaster to Peacemaking (June 12, 2007 - New York) GPF co-sponsored two events at the UN with Worldwatch Institute and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation on how natural disasters and the subsequent international aid response can influence peacemaking in conflict areas. Worldwatch researchers Michael Renner and Zoe Chafe presented their report "Beyond Disasters: Creating Opportunities for Peace" to a group of experts from the UN and NGOs - first at a roundtable and then at a policy luncheon.


Luncheon on Iraq Policy Issues with Iraq Experts from the Security Council and the UN (May 22, 2007 - New York )
Kristele Younes of Refugees International, spoke about the Iraqi refugee crisis and James Paul of Global Policy Forum, introduced the new study "War and Occupation in Iraq "
Co-Sponsors included Global Policy Forum, Refugees International and Mennonite Central Committee.


Reception to Launch the Report "War and Occupation in Iraq" (May 8, 2007 - New York )
Over fifty of GPF's friends and donors gathered in New York at the home of Board member Dinni Gordon for a pre-release party of the "War and Occupation in Iraq" report. Special guest Denis Halliday, the former UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, gave a speech and GPF's Jim Paul and Céline Nahory introduced the report and talked about the research and writing process.


Workshop on The Precarious State of Public Finance (March 29, 2007 - Berlin)
Joint workshop by the DGB-Bildungswerk, GPF Europe and terre des hommes. Program in German


Global Public-Private Partnerships - Privatisation of Multilateralism? (January 23, 2007 - Nairobi)
At the World Social Forum 2007 in Nairobi, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation and Global Policy Forum Europe organized a joint workshop, critically assessing the development of "global partnerships" between government and private actors. The workshop aimed to trace the scale and scope of these global "partnerships," and to discuss their limits, risks and side-effects. Panel discussants included representatives from Consumer Information Network, Social Watch, People's Health Movement and Third World Network.




Book Launch: Christian Fundamentalism vs. Progressive Advocacy (October 20, 2006 - New York)
GPF co-sponsored a book-launch event of Faith in Public Life's Executive Director Jennifer Butler's book on the increasing influence of the Christian Right at the UN and beyond.


The Global Climate Crisis (October 3, 2006 - New York)
Global Policy Forum and International Catholic Organizations Information Center organized a two-part event on global warming. After a screening of Al Gore's film, "An Inconvenient Truth," three panelists - Michael Renner from Worldwatch Institute, Mohammad Reza Salamat from DESA, United Nations and James Tripp, General Counsel at Environmental Defense - discussed global climate change and steps to address it.


Challenges for Reconstruction and Peace in the Aceh Province, Indonesia (April 26, 2006 - New York)
Global Policy Forum organized a Brown Bag Luncheon with Michael Renner of Worldwatch Institute. Renner talked informally about his recent trip to the Aceh province. His presentation with photos, maps, and satellite images covered the problems of the post-tsunami reconstruction, the shaky peace agreement between the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) and the Jakarta government, and ongoing challenges to the political process and democratization.


The Situation in Haiti and the Role of the UN (April 2006 - New York)
GPF invited Brian Concannon, Director of the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti, to talk at a brown-bag luncheon about the situation in Haiti and the role of the UN.



The Challenges of UN Finance (March 22, 2006 - New York)
Global Policy Forum and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation organized a high-level meeting on the financial difficulties of the United Nations. The event focused on the current state of UN finances, including the US-imposed six-month spending cap on the regular budget, preventing the UN to spend funds beyond June 30, 2006. Our meeting also looked at the scale of assessments and longer-term trends. The meeting brought together NGOs, UN officials and diplomats to share information, discuss key issues, and consider action to strengthen the UN's finances and head off the crisis.


Enhancing NGO Relations with the United Nations - The Missing Element in the UN Reform Agenda (February 15, 2006 - New York)
Global Policy Forum, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation and the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions opened a dialogue with UN delegates and members of the UN Secretariat on the future of NGO participation at the United Nations. Participants discussed reform proposals for greater NGO participation; best practices that can be enhanced and replicated; and areas where governments are most resistant and where political progress appears possible. Discussion also centered on the role NGOs can play in future deliberations on UN reform and what steps are necessary to engage new NGO players and social movements in the work of the UN.

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