Panel Discussion & Book Presentation (Invitation only)

German Development Institute & Centre for International Governance Innovation
Embassy of Canada in Berlin, Leipziger Platz
29.10.2008

The early twenty-first century has seen the beginning of a considerable shift in the global balance of power. Major international governance challenges can no longer be addressed without the ongoing co-operation of the large countries of the global South. Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa, ASEAN states, and Mexico wield great influence in the macro-economic foundations upon which rest the global political economy and institutional architecture. It remains to be seen how the size of the emerging powers translates into the ability to shape the international system to their own will.

In the book ‘Emerging Powers in Global Governance: Lessons from the Heiligendamm Process’, edited by Andrew F. Cooper & Agata Antkiewicz, leading international relations experts examine the positions and roles of key emerging countries in the potential transformation of the G8 and the prospects for their deeper engagement in international governance. The essays consider a number of overlapping perspectives on the G8 Heiligendamm Process, a co-operation agreement that originated from the 2007 summit, and offer an in-depth look at the challenges and promises presented by the rise of the emerging powers.

Programme:

Moderator: Dirk Messner
17:30    Welcome by H.E. Ambassador Peter Boehm
17:40    Introduction
Dirk Messner
Director, German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE); Bonn
17:50    One Year after: Perspectives of the Heiligendamm Process
Ulrich Benterbusch
Head of the OECD Heiligendamm Process Support Unit; Paris
18:00    The Heiligendamm Process and G8 Reform: Perspectives of the South and the North
Andrew F. Cooper
Associate Director, The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI); Waterloo, Canada
18:15    Commentary from a Southern Perspective
Garth le Pere
Executive Director, Institute for Global Dialogue; Mitrand, South Africa
18:30    Discussion
19:00    Reception

The Panel Discussion is organised by the Centre for International Governance Innovation  and the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik.
Logistic and financial support by theEmbassy of Canada in Berlinis greatly appreciated.