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Über die Jahre hinweg hat das GPF zu zahlreichen globalen Themen gearbeitet, von internationaler Sicherheit, über Ernährung und Hunger, bis hin zum Weltkulturerbe. In diesem Bereich finden Sie Analysen und Informationen zu all diesen Bereichen.


Als demokratisch legitimierte Sonderorganisation der UN hat sie das Mandat, weltweit Normen und Standards für Gesundheit zu setzen. Doch die WHO steckt in der Krise, weil sie durch ihre Mitgliedsstaaten nicht ausreichend finanziert wird. Der finanzielle Beitrag Deutschlands zur WHO ist bisher vergleichsweise gering und spiegelt nicht die hohe Priorität wider, die dem Thema jetzt im Rahmen der deutschen G20-Präsidentschaft eingeräumt wird. Die Studie „Quo vadis, WHO?“ von Brot für die Welt untersucht, welche Rolle die WHO in der globalen [...]

Aktuelle Situation und Zukunftsperspektiven

Die sef: Studie unter dem Titel „Regionale Migrationspolitik auf dem afrikanischen Kontinent. Aktuelle Situation und Zukunftsperspektiven“ gibt einen Überblick über die Migrationsgesetzgebung sowie Politik und Praxis in West- und Ostafrika und im südlichen Afrika. Darüber hinaus zeigt sie mögliche Zukunftsszenarien für regionale Migration in Afrika auf und gibt politische Empfehlungen für externe Akteure.

In September 2016, the International Criminal Court (ICC or the Court) found Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi, a Tuareg Malian citizen, guilty of the war crime of intentionally directing attacks against buildings dedicated to religion, education, art, science or charitable purposes, historic monuments in the context of the armed conflict in Mali. He was sentenced to nine years of imprisonment whereas, in theory, he could have been sentenced to a maximum of 30.

Climate Change Resilience – An Opportunity for Reducing Inequalities

The World Economic and Social Survey 2016: Climate Change Resilience – An Opportunity for Reducing Inequalities will be released on 3 October. It advances our understanding of the climate and development nexus, particularly as it relates to challenges for implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Trade Policies in Times of De-Globalisation

"Free trade has both been negatively affected by and an active contributor to an anti-globalisation backlash in the public opinion of many advanced economies. Further trade liberalisation is increasingly resisted. Much of the backlash can be viewed as a reaction to the underlying policies that, in the past, have produced many »losers« – not just »winners« – and especially have increased income inequality. Most of the »low-hanging fruit« in trade liberalisation has already been harvested. In the search for further [...]

Von Gabriele Köhler

Man redet und schreibt in deutschen Medien viel über die Flüchtlingskrise. Und in der Tat ist es eine Herausforderung, wenn Jobcenter und Behörden, kleinere Kommunen, oder Arztpraxen jetzt mehr Menschen zu betreuen haben als vor zwei Jahren. In der Tat ist es ein Problem, mit Vorstellungen konfrontiert zu werden, nach denen Frauen nicht gleichberechtigt wären, oder die homophob oder antisemitisch sind. In der Tat können sich Menschen, die ökonomisch und sozial prekär leben, weil ihre Jobs oder [...]

Homage to Boutros Boutros-Ghali (1922-2016)

On 16 February 2016 Egyptian diplomat Boutros Boutros-Ghali died aged 93. He was so far the only Secretary-General of the United Nations, who served in office one term only (1992-1996). In his homage, Henning Melber (among other things Policy Advisor to Global Policy Forum) remembers the first African Secretary-General and draws a comparison between him and Dag Hammarskjöld. "As different as Hammarskjöld and Boutros-Ghali might have been in their background, their socialization, their character and personality, as much alike was [...]

In a post on the blog „Business & Human Rights in Ireland” Shane Darcy summarizes his impressions of the United Nations Business and Human Rights Forum, held in Geneva from 16 – 18 November, giving a good overview of the current state of the process. The annual event saw 2,300 attendees, representing States, business, civil society, academia and various international organisations. It also offered the chance to participate in numerous discussion panels and side events over three days touching on [...]

the ICC opens a case against Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi for the destruction of cultural heritage in Mali

A few days ago, on 26 September 2015, the first suspect in the Mali investigation, Ahmad Al Mahdi Al Faqi was surrendered to the International Criminal Court (ICC) by the authorities of Niger. The charges against him centre on the destruction of cultural heritage during the war in Mali 2012. It is the first case at the ICC in which war crimes against cultural heritage are the main accusation, which is particularly timely in light of the vicious trend of [...]

A new article by Marina Lostal on the recent destruction of cultural heritage in Iraq. Iraqi officials have reported that, last Saturday 7 of March, the Islamic State destroyed Hatra, a 2,000-year-old fortified city around 100 km south-west of Mosul. The Islamic State is believed to have bulldozed the site and looted the cultural artifacts housed inside, including gold and silver objects. The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, has declared that “[t]he destruction of Hatra marks a turning point in [...]

A new article by Marina Lostal about the UN Security Council banning all trade with Syrian antiquities. On 12 February 2015 the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 2199 (2015) banning all trade with Syrian antiquities removed from the country since 15 March 2011 and reaffirming the same prohibition concerning Iraqi cultural objects illegally exported since 6 August 1990.

Recent reports have confirmed damage to five of the six Syrian world heritage sites during the current armed conflict as well as extensive looting of several of its archaeological sites on the Syrian Tentative List of world heritage. This article examines the role and fate of Syrian world cultural heritage from the beginning of the conflict, maps out the different cultural property obligations applicable to Syria while illustrating, where possible, how they may have been violated. Then, it assesses if [...]