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Copenhagen 18/12:Africa Must Continue Calling For a Fair, Ambitious and Legally Binding Climate Deal

Event date:
14-09-2011
Event End Date:
14-09-2011
Cut off date:
12-09-2011
Capacity:
60

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South Africa and the Durban COP17 Negotiations

Event date:
18-10-2011
Event End Date:
18-10-2011
Capacity:
45

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Foreign Policy Dialogue: ‘An African Agenda in Multilateral Negotiations’

Event date:
15-11-2011
Event End Date:
15-11-2011
Cut off date:
15-11-2011
Capacity:
Limited
PLEASE NOTE: This event has been cancelled due to circumstances out of our control. For further information please contact the IGD on 013 337 6082. Speaker: Mr. Marius Fransman, MP, Deputy Minister for International Relations and Cooperation Multilateralism is one of the central pillars of South Africa’s foreign policy. Its importance in reaching transboundary challenges such as trade, terrorism and climate change is paramount. Yet while it forms a central tenet of our foreign policy, questions remain on how this position is pursued. A strategic approach is critical in positioning South Africa as a key player on the global stage, representing not only the country’s interests but those of the continent. This is particularly pertinent in light of South Africa’s geopolitical position in a number of multilateral groupings such as IBSA, BRICS, and BASIC as well as defining the country’s role in multilateral negotiations such as the G20 and COP17 climate change negotiations to be held in Durban at the end of this month. This lecture and dialogue with senior DIRCO officials that follows consider South Africa’s approach to multilateral negotiations and how it balances national and regional interests. PLEASE NOTE: This event has been cancelled due to circumstances out of our control. For further information please contact the IGD on 013 337 6082.

The G20 and an Agenda for Development

Event date:
21-11-2011
Event End Date:
30-11-2011
Capacity:
50
Anticipating the agenda of the G20 Summit in Seoul, South Korea, in November 2010, the precedingsummit held in Toronto, Canada, responded to heavy criticism about its weakness on issues affectingthe poor most by announcing its intention to work on a development agenda. The Seoul Summitunveiled the G20’s development agenda, which it said needed to be read together with the broaderG20 work on international finance and development cooperation. While indications that the G20 isslowly breaking out of its fixation with issues of financial governance as part of its becoming a premierglobal governance forum, the extent to which this translates into serious progress towards a fulldevelopmental agenda and what that would constitute is a subject for continuing debate. The halfday high-level policy dialogue will reflect on the extent to which the G20 has evolved into a platformfor a progressive global developmental agenda and if such an agenda holds any promise for Africa andSouth Africa. It will also discuss the role that might be played by Africa collectively and South Africa as amember state of G20. On this basis, the dialogue will consider possible options for African countries and for civil society formations in promoting a positive evolution of the G20 and its agenda. The dialogue isdesigned to draw attention to the 2011 G20 Summit in France.

Speakers:
Prof. Geoff Pigman, Bennington College USA, Visiting Professor at University of Pretoria
"The evolution of G20 and its impact on international cooperation"

Dr. Siphamandla Zondi, Director, IGD
"The G20's Seoul Development Agenda and Africa: a post-Washington Agenda?"

Mr. Michael Sachs, National Treasury
"The G20, agenda-setting, and South Africa: a commentary"

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Registration begins at 09h00.

Please join us after the discussion for a light lunch.

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Negotiating Africa and the Global South's Interests on Climate Change

Event date:
25-11-2011
Event End Date:
25-11-2011
Cut off date:
24-11-2011
Capacity:
50
The Dialogue Series on Climate Change is a number of pre-COP17 brainstorming sessions that bringtogether African constituencies, the diplomatic corps, academia, NGOs, including diaspora communities,provincial and local government officials, traditional institutions, research organisations/networks,thought leaders and the media. The dialogues to be held in Durban seek a better understanding of thecritical roles of the Africa Group and Global South multilateralism and club diplomacy (through the G77and other platforms) in forging a common position. This would revolve around emphasising a two-trackprocess of negotiations and the centrality of the principle of common but differentiated responsibilitiesin it. Working together with the Ingabadi Group, a dialogue convened of note based in Durban, we willhost two major sessions: one focused on south-south cooperation in the climate change negotiations,and the other discussing the African Common Position and its chances of success during the conference.Following interaction with politicians in the opening session, each of the two substantive sessionswill bring together four key experts and policy actors in a panel discussion followed by a facilitatedinteractive discussion.

This dialogue series is generously supported by the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Pretoria.

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Venue: Southern Sun Durban North, 83/91 Snell Parade, City of Durban.

Registration begins at 08h30. 

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South Africa’s second tenure in the UN Security Council: Promoting the African Agenda

Event date:
02-12-2011
Event End Date:
02-11-2011
Capacity:
Limited

The roundtable is part of a project supported by the Open Society Foundation, which aims to assess South Africa’s 2011-2012 stay in the UN Security Council (UNSC). Against the backdrop of recent military interventions in Africa that have generated controversy over the fairness and legitimacy of UNSC processes and resolutions, this forum will reflect on how South Africa is using its non-permanent seat in the UNSC to promote sustainable peace and security on the continent.

 

PLEASE NOTE: This event has been postponed, click here for more information.

South Africa’s second tenure in the UN Security Council: Promoting the African Agenda

Event date:
03-02-2012
Event End Date:
03-02-2012
Capacity:
Limited

 

South Africa assumed the rotating presidency of the UN Security Council (UNSC) on 1 January 2012, with a focus on strengthening relations between the Council and regional organizations [read: the African Union]. South Africa’s assumption of the presidency of the UNSC for the month of January comes at a time when the fallout of the UNSC-sanctioned NATO intervention in Libya has made the search for consensus on addressing major threats to global peace and security very difficult in the Council. Although South Africa voted in favour of the UNSC Resolution 1973 authorizing the imposition of a ‘no-fly zone’ and the adoption of ‘all necessary measures’ to protect Libyan civilians, it was also among the first countries to criticize the manner in which the resolution was implemented. This conduct has once again raised concerns over the soundness of Pretoria’s strategies and tactics in the Security Council, especially with regard to its declared objective of promoting the African Agenda. This roundtable is part of a project supported by the Open Society Foundation for South Africa, which aims to assess South Africa’s 2011-2012 stay in the UN Security Council (UNSC). In particular, the forum will reflect on how South Africa is using its non-permanent seat in the UNSC to promote sustainable peace and security on the continent

 

Opening Address

Mr. Marius Llewellyn Fransman, Deputy Minister of the South African Department of International Relations & Cooperation  

SPEAKER

Mr. Aubrey Matshiqi, Helen Suzman Foundation

Discussants

 

Dr. David Zounmenou, Institute for Security Studies

Prof. Anthoni van Nieuwkerk, University of the Witwatersrand

 

Date and Time:  Friday, 03 February 2012, 09:30 to 12:30pm

Venue: Kwame Nkrumah Room, 4th Floor UNISA Building, 263 Skinner Street, Pretoria

 

Registration begins at 09h00 and IGD Publications will be available for sale.

Please join us after the discussion for a light lunch

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Post-Durban Reflections The Day After Tomorrow: COP17 Outcomes and Implications

Event date:
24-02-2012
Event End Date:
24-02-2012
Capacity:
Limited

 IMPORTANT NOTICE: Change of venue - this event will now be held at the Burges Park Hotel, Pretoria.

CHAIR
Prof Godwell Nhamo,
Exxaro Chair in Business & Climate Change UNISA

SPEAKERS
Mr Blessing Manale, Department of Environmental Affairs
Mr Neil Morris, Director: Climate Change and Sustainability, KPMG
Ms. Michelle Pressend, Economic Justice Network

DISCUSSANT
Dr. Lesley Masters, Institute for Global Dialogue

 

 

November/December 2011 saw Durban play host to the high-level UNFCCC climate change negotiations. Following two weeks of intensive discussion, aimed at building on the Cancun outcomes, the early hours of Sunday morning saw an agreement reached - the Durban Platform. As delegates from around the world packed their bags, speculation continued on what this actually meant for the future of the climate change regime. On the one hand there were positive comments on the continuation of the multilateral process, and on the other, that not enough had been done to highlight the urgency of the global situation. Following COP17, this workshop will reflect on the outcomes and implications of what was agreed at Durban and how it is perceived by key stakeholders within the South Africa context.

 

This workshop is part of a project supported by the Norwegian Government, which aims to critically unpack South Africa’s engagement in the international politics of climate change.               

 

RSVP by 17 February 2012 to Ms Penelope Masenamela at Penelope@igd.org.za  

Or (012) 337 6082

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Chile and the Pacific: Opportunities for Africa

Event date:
05-07-2012
Capacity:
Limited

 

The College of Human Sciences (CHS) at UNISA and the Institute for Global Dialogue
(IGD) have the pleasure of inviting you to a diplomacy dialogue on:

Chile and the Pacific: Opportunities for Africa

H.E. Ambassador Fernando Schmidt
Deputy Minister of Foreign Relations, Republic of Chile

The importance of Chile’s role in a fast-changing Latin America cannot be overemphasised. A regional player of significance, Chile has been at the forefront of the international political arena since its return to democracy in 1990. The country’s efforts in UN peacekeeping operations, global human rights accords and regional integration have made it a global player known for its collaborative approach to international politics. Chile’s membership in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum has bolstered efforts to enhance free trade amongst Pacific Rim nations as well as economic and south-south cooperation more broadly. While Chile and South Africa have an established relationship based on decades of mutual cooperation, what is the future for broader cooperation with the African continent? How can these relations complement existing Africa-Pacific Rim engagement, and can the broader project of south-south cooperation be strengthened? Deputy Minister Schmidt’s presentation will be followed by a question and answer session in order to explore fully the opportunities that engagement with Chile and the Pacific Rim could proffer for Africa.

 

Date: Thursday, 05 July 2012
Time: 16h00 for 16h30

Venue: Kwame Nkrumah Hall, 4TH Floor UNISA Building, 263 Skinner Street, Pretoria
RSVP to Ms. Penelope Masenamela at Penelope@igd.org.za or (012) 337 6082

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GRADUATE DISCUSSION FORUM: The New Social Class in the era of BBBEE

Event date:
27-07-2012
Event End Date:
27-07-2012
Capacity:
Limited

On the 27th of July 2012, Institute for Global Dialogue and the Dean of Students at UNISA will host a graduate discussion forum aimed at facilitating dialogue between graduates from South African universities and students of National Taiwan University and National Cheng Chi University in Taiwan. Students will debate the ramifications of Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) since its implementation in 2003, and also examine prospects for empowerment in other sectors of South African society.

BBBEE is a socio-economic policy that was introduced in South Africa in order to address wrongs of the past; particularly those perpetuated by the deliberate marginalisation of black South Africans under the apartheid regime. The forum sets out to evaluate how BBBEE has influenced South African society and also the response that the academic community and NGOs have towards this social change. IGD invites interested post-graduates from universities and other civil society organisations to be part of the discussion. The dialogue hopes to incorporate presentations from students of diverse academic backgrounds, including politics, economics, sociology, diplomacy, oceanography and literature.

EVENT DETAILS
Date: Friday, 27 July 2012
Time: 09h00-13h00
Venue: Kwame Nkrumah Hall, 4th Floor UNISA Building, 263 Skinner Street, Pretoria

RSVP: Kenny Dlamini at Kenny@igd.org.za

Tel: 012 3376 072

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Principal and Vice-Chancellor's Diplo-speak Breakfast Roundtable

Event date:
19-09-2012
Event End Date:
19-09-2012
Capacity:
Limited

PRINCIPAL AND VICE-CHANCELLOR’S DIPLO-SPEAK BREAKFAST ROUNDTABLE

Prof Mandla S Makhanya, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of South Africa, cordially invites you to the Diplo-Speak Breakfast Roundtable.

Theme : “Brazilian Foreign Policy Towards Africa”

Keynote Speaker: His Excellency, Ambassador Pedro Luiz Carneiro de Mendonça, Ambassador of Brazil

Respondent: Dr Siphamandla Zondi, Executive Director: Institute for Global Dialogue

Date: Wednesday 19 September 2012
Time: 08:30 for 9:00 to 11:00
Venure:Protea Restaurant, 3rd floor, OR Tambo building, Unisa Muckleneuk campus, Tshwane

Please reply on or before Monday 17 September 2012 to:
Frances Kent , Tel: (012) 441 5664, E-mail: kentfa@unisa.ac.za" data-mce-href="mailto:kentfa@unisa.ac.za">kentfa@unisa.ac.za

In collaboration with the Institute for Global Dialogue

Please click here for profile of the Keynote speaker and click here for profile of the Respondent

South Africa’s Post-apartheid Nuclear Diplomacy

Event date:
04-10-2012
Event End Date:
04-10-2012
Cut off date:
25-09-2012
Capacity:
Limited

After relinquishing its own nuclear weapons in 1989, South Africa went on to become an important actor within the international nuclear regime. It has drawn on its moral position to play a crucial role in the negotiation of international instruments such as the Nuclear non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and the African Nuclear Weapons Free Zone Treaty, (Pelindaba Treaty). Despite the contribution of this impressive nuclear activism to South Africa’s middle power status, nuclear diplomacy does not seem to have been entrenched in the country’s foreign policy. However, with increased interest from African states in seeking to develop nuclear energy, as well as the ongoing standoff between the West and Iran on the latter’s nuclear programme, many look up to South Africa to leverage its moral authority and continue to play a pivotal role in the search for sustainable solutions to global problems relating to nuclear non-proliferation, disarmament and energy. Against this backdrop, this roundtable discussion will critically reflect on the interface between South Africa’s nuclear diplomacy and energy policy.

Speakers:
Prof Mike Muller, Wits University
Ms Jo-Ansie van Wyk, UNISA

Discussant: Dr Geoff Pigman

Date: Thursday, 4 October 2012

Venue: Manhattan Hotel, Pretoria (corner of Scheiding and Andries)
Time: 10:00am – 13:00pm

For more information, please contact Ms Penelope Masenamela on penelope@igd.org.za or 012 337 6082

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The Influence of the ANC on South Africa's Foreign policy

Event date:
02-11-2012
Event End Date:
02-11-2012
Capacity:
50

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Book Launch Invitation

Event date:
09-11-2012
Event End Date:
09-11-2012
Cut off date:
09-11-2012
Capacity:
50

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Book Launch Invitation

Event date:
15-02-2013
Event End Date:
15-02-2013
Capacity:
50

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‘Strengthening the ties that bind us: South Africa-Jamaica and the Caribbean’

Event date:
26-04-2013
Event End Date:
26-04-2013
Capacity:
Limited

 

The Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD) and the UNISA College of Human Sciences has the pleasure of inviting you to a talk on: 

‘Strengthening the ties that bind us:

South Africa-Jamaica and the Caribbean

 Speaker:

 The Honorable PJ Patterson,
Former Prime Minister of Jamaica

 The Caribbean region, which is made of islands connected to each other by history, culture and shared geostrategic economic challenges, is important to Africa. The two marginalized regions have cultural affinities formed out of a history in which Africans were ferried across the Atlantic Ocean during the Trans-Atlantic Slave trade.  It also shares Africa’s imperatives for economic integration as a result of which it established CARICOM, a 15-member organization dedicated to the creation of a common market. The region is the focus in Africa’s search for ways in which it could build mutually beneficial relations with its global diaspora. As a Prime Minister of Jamaica for 14 years, Mr Patterson has played a crucial role in this search for a shared identity and common market as well as links with Africa. He will present his reflections on the road travelled so far and what opportunities lie ahead for the Caribbean and Africa.

As a Prime Minister of Jamaica, Mr Patterson has played a crucial role in Africa’s search for ways in which it could build mutually beneficial relations with its global diaspora. He will present his reflections on the road travelled so far and what opportunities lie ahead for the Caribbean and Africa. Click here for more…

 Date:  Friday, 26 April 2013

Time: 10h00-12h00

Venue: Room 320, 3rd floor UNISA Building,
263 Nana Sita Street (Skinner Street), Pretoria

RSVP to Mr Kenny Dlamini at kenny@igd.org.za or
(012) 337 6082

Building an Inclusive Economy

Event date:
29-04-2013
Capacity:
Limited

 

The Institute for Strategic and Political Affairs (ISPA), The Institute for Global Dialogue and the Embassy of the United States of America (Pretoria)

cordially invite you to a lecture

presented by

Reverend JESSE L. JACKSON, SR.

President and Founder Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, Inc.

on

 

'Building an Inclusive Economy'

 

The Reverend Jesse Louis Jackson, President and Founder of the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, is one of America’s foremost political figures.  Over the past thirty years he has played a pivotal role in virtually every movement for empowerment, peace, civil rights, gender equality, and economic and social justice.

 

 

 

Date:              29 April 2013, 09h30 for 10h00-11h30

Venue:           Senate Hall, University of Pretoria

RSVP:            Ms Wilma Martin: wilma.martin@up.ac.za

or 012 420-2034 before 13h00 on 26 April 2013

 

Limited seating available – RSVP required!

The Durban BRICS Summit: Partnership for Development and Integration

Event date:
03-05-2013
Capacity:
Limited

The Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD) has the pleasure of inviting you to:

‘The Durban BRICS Summit: Partnership for Development and Integration’

Speakers include:

Prof Chris Landsberg, UJ
Dr Rasigan Maharajh, TUT

Discussant: Dr Siphamandla Zondi, IGD

The media hype and international attention that centered on Durban during the 5th BRICS summit (26-27 March) has faded. As the dust settles a number of lingering questions remain around the role of south-south cooperation and the establishment of a BRICS development bank, as well as the implications of the eThekwini Declaration and Action Plan for international cooperation more generally and for Africa in particular. This seminar provides a platform to discuss and assess the outcomes of the Durban Summit and its implications for Africa and wider south-south development cooperation.

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Graduate Seminar Series

Event date:
21-05-2013
Event End Date:
21-05-2013
Capacity:
Limited

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‘The Foreign Policy Views of Ordinary South Africans - A Public Opinion Survey’

Event date:
29-07-2013
Event End Date:
29-07-2013
Capacity:
Limited

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