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Governance and Sustainability - New challenges for State, Companies and the Civil Society

International conference

30. September 2002  -   1. Oktober 2002
Organised by the Institute for Ecological Economic Research gGmbH (IOeW) and the Friedrich-Ebert Foundation, Berlin

The project

Structuring sustained development is a complex social task which is being discussed intensively at present on many levels. In the current EU White Book "European Government" as a central element of Governance, the inclusion of all civil and social players in the decision processes is emphasised. The project "Governance and Sustainability" illuminated the players, their interests and methods of procedure, the forms of organisation, the institutions as also practical examples of governance in various social areas on regional, national and international levels. The focal point of the project was an international conference and four "summer academies".

The conference was carried out in co-operation with the Scientific Centre Berlin for Social Research (WZB), department "Regulation of Labour".


Monday, 30th September 2002

10.00 a.m. Welcome
Dr. Michael Domitra, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Berlin
Thomas Korbun, Scientific Director, Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IOeW), Berlin

10.20 a.m. Prof. James N. Rosenau
"Globalization and Governance: Sustainability Between Fragmentation and Integration"

11.40 a.m. Mark Wade
"Good Corporate Citizenship: Does Governance Change the Role of Companies in Society?"

12.10 p.m. Nicola Bullard
"Global Governance: Challenges for the Civil Society and Democracy"
1.00 p.m. Lunch
2.30 p.m. Parallel Workshops
5.30 p.m. Panel Discussion
"Global Governance after Johannesburg: New Impulses for Democracy and Sustainability?"

Chair: Prof. Ernst-Ulrich von Weizsäcker - Member of the German parliament, chairman of the Enquete Commission on Globalisation, Berlin

Panel members:
J.N. Rosenau, George Washington University, Washington D.C.
Roger Böhning,  ILO, Geneva
Chandrigo Mago, Times of India, Dehli
Hansvolker Ziegler, Ministry for Education and Research, Bonn/Berlin
Ulrich Petschow, IOeW, Berlin
7.30 p.m. Greeting 

Tuesday, 1st October 2002
9.00 a.m. Plenary speeches and discussion
Prof. Martin Jänicke
"Johannesburg: Two Approaches to Global Environmental Policy"

9.40 a.m. Prof. Joachim Schwalbach, Chair for International Management, HU Berlin
"Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility: Shareholder vs. Stakeholder"  
11.00 a.m. Parallel Workshops

1.00 p.m.
2.00 p.m. Governance: a Challenge for the Research Programme "Social and Ecological Research" - Short presentation of new projects
Chair: Prof. Eckart Hildebrandt, WZB 

2.10 p.m.
Dr. Susanne Stoll-Kleemann, FU Berlin
"Global Governance and Climate Change"

2.20 p.m. Ulrich Petschow, IOeW Berlin
"Developing Agrobiodiversity: Strategies for Sustainable Plant and Livestock Breeding"

2.30 p.m. Dr. Barbara Praetorius, DIW Berlin
"Transformation and Innovation in Power Systems (TIPS)"
2.45 p.m. Panel discussion
"Governance and the Role of Science - Perspectives in German and European Research Strategies"
Chair: Eckart Hildebrandt, WZB

Panel members: Prof. Elmar Altvater,
HU Berlin
Ulla Burchardt, Member of the German Parliament, Berlin
Angela Liberatore, European Commission,
DG Research, Brussels
Dr. Angelika Willms-Herget, Ministry for Education and Research, Bonn

4.00 p.m.
End of the conference


Here you can find a brief description of the workshops which were held at the conference and abstracts of the distributions to the workshops.


01 Civil Society
02 Business/Companies
03 The State
04 Governance and New Approaches in Gender Policies
05 Co-operative Politics
06 Innovative Governance for Sustainablity Innovations
07 Governance, Power, Democracy
08 Thematic Regions and Multi-level Governance



09 Social Learning: From Awareness to Action
10 Challenging Political Authorities: Sustainability in Administration
11 From Government to Governance: The Example of Integrated Product Policy
12 Regional Governance - Theoretical Discourse and Regional Practice
13 Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility
14 European White Paper on Governance: Opportunity for Sustainability
15 Constraints and Opportunities of Global Governance
16 The Management of Common Pool Resources (CPR)

You can find a selection of the contributions to our conference here. For abstracts of all contributions please see "Programme".

Prof. James N. Rosenau, Washington University
Globalization and Governance - Bleak Prospects for Sustainability (IPG 3/2003)

Dr. Wolfgang Gerstlberger, University of Kassel
Regional Innovation Systems as sustainable Governance structure? (.pdf 49 kb)

Dr. Karl Otto Henseling, Christian Löwe, Federal Office for the Environment, Berlin
Die Förderung einer Kooperations- und Verständigungskultur als Gestaltungsaufgabe einer Politik der Nachhaltigkeit (.pdf 67 kb)

Dr. Irmgard Schultz und Dr. Diana Hummel, Institute for Social Ecological Research (ISOE), Frankfurt
Governance and New Approaches in Gender Policies (. pdf 57 kb)

Derk Loorbach, ICIS - Maastricht University
Transition Management: Governance for Sustainability (.pdf 107 kb)

Jonas Meckling, German Section of the International Youth Coalition for Johannesburg, Christopher Gohl, Futur X, Berlin
Young people in sustainable development governance processes - Ein Erfahrungsbericht (.pdf 44 kb)

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Co-operation partners

The conference was carried out in co-operation with the Scientific Centre Berlin for Social Research (WZB), department "Regulation of Labour".

The conference was supported by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF), Bonn, and the Foundation Ecological Management (SÖW), Hanover.