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From the Brandt Commission to the 2030 Agenda
31 August 2017, Berlin

Forty years ago, in September 1977, the Independent Commission on International Development Issues under the chairmanship of former Federal Chancellor Willy Brandt dared to formulate its vision for global and economic governance – a vision that remains highly pertinent today. To pay tribute to the Commission’s ground-breaking work, German Foreign Minister and GDL patron Sigmar Gabriel hosted a conference on 31 August 2017 entitled “From the Brandt Commission to the 2030 Agenda: 40 Years of Common Efforts for a Peaceful, Just and Sustainable World”.

The GDL led one of the conference’s panels, during which three GDL Members, Jasdeep RandhawaOnur Eryüce and Sabrina Schulz, discussed their visionary ideas directly with Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel. It was a very lively session. The panel members introduced the idea of fostering social entrepreneurship through VR experiences, explored emerging city-to-city partnerships in global governance and took a closer look at the unsatisfactory results of present-day climate policy. Afterwards, the audience was invited to participate in a fishbowl discussion that was moderated by GDL Member Nicola Forster.

The panel was followed by a networking event, during which policymakers, experts and activists engaged in lively discussions with the conference participants, i.e. mainly young leaders from government, the private sector and civil society. The session was co-hosted by the GDL and the grassroots think-tank on European and foreign affairs, Polis180. Participants had the opportunity to share their ideas regarding, as well as receive input on, find co-workers for, and spread news about, their projects at an Idea Gallery.

Strong participation by the audience in the fishbowl discussion and at the Idea Gallery underlined the need for new, high-impact concepts, with a view to empowering advocacy and public engagement and tackling the challenges of today’s globalized world.

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Jasdeep Randhawa

Jasdeep is an international lawyer and policy specialist with more than ten years of work experience in five continents. She currently works for the United Nations Climate Change agency on adaptation and the project on Resilience Frontiers.

She has worked for UN-Habitat as Project Manager for Local Authorities on SDG Goal 11, the Urban Legislation Advisor and the New Urban Agenda Partnership Advisor in Kenya and Thailand.

Jasdeep has consulted on transboundary waters and interlinks with fragility, migration and climate change (for the World Bank, Oxfam, the Government of India, the German Development Institute and the German Federal Environment Ministry); on water security (OECD, Harvard); on global governance reforms and cities (Bosch); sanitation contracts (Gates); justice and federal reforms (the Government of India) and constitutional design (Nepal). She has clerked at the Supreme Court of India and the High Court of Hong Kong, and taught courses in law and public policy in India, New Zealand, Kenya and the United States.

Jasdeep has been selected for various leadership fellowships and made policy recommendations in global forums on governance trends (migration, the Syrian conflict, transitional justice, digital technology, social entrepreneurship, climate change and human rights), including the G20 Forum; at COP23; as a BMW Foundation World Responsible Leader; a Robert Bosch Fellow; a Global Diplomacy Lab member; Federal Foreign Office Training for International Diplomats; UNLEASH; the Global Media Forum and the Brandt Conference.

She has a strong publishing record and interdisciplinary skillset including negotiation and mediation, policy analysis, public international law, human rights, leadership theory, SDGs, foresight analysis and systems design.

A recipient of several international scholarships, she has a Master’s in Law from Yale, a Bachelor’s in Civil Law from Oxford, a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy, and a JD from GLC Mumbai.

Onur Eryüce

Onur Eryüce has worked to strengthen political and cultural ties between Turkey and the European Union in defiance of a challenging political environment.

In 2011, he played a pivotal role in the foundation of the Association of Social Democratic Municipalities (SODEM), which was set up to foster strategic partnerships among Turkish municipal leaders and their European counterparts, thus bolstering the position of Turkish municipalities in the EU accession process. Under Onur’s management, the organisation has grown to 130 member municipalities, representing more than 15 million people, and has successfully contributed to EU-Turkey collaboration on issues at the municipal level.

He is responsible for setting up and furthering political, social, cultural and economic dialogue between the member municipalities and their European and international counterparts.

Sabrina Schulz

Sabrina Schulz is Head of Government Relations at KfW, the German national promotional and development bank. While she is responsible for the full range of the bank’s activities, her main focus is on the role the financial sector can play in the transition to a low-carbon economy and the implementation of the SDGs.

Before joining KfW in 2018, climate and energy think tank, for six years. Before that, Sabrina worked in various policy capacities for think tanks and consultancies in Germany, the UK, the US and Canada. From 2009 to 2011, she was a policy advisor on climate change and energy to the British High Commission in Canada.

Sabrina holds an MA in Public Policy and Management from the University of Potsdam, for which she also studied at the University of Konstanz and the Université catholique de Louvain, as well as an MA in International Politics and a PhD from the University of Wales at Aberystwyth in the United Kingdom. She is an environmentalist, an internationalist and a yogini and works as a Policy Fellow at ‘Das Progressive Zentrum’ in Berlin.

Nicola Forster

Nicola Forster is the Founding President of the Swiss crowdsourced think tank foraus (Forum Aussenpolitik) as well as a social entrepreneur and public sector innovator. He is a co-founder of the political movement Operation Libero, the German grass-roots think tank Polis180, several foraus spinoffs around the globe, the staatslabor as well as the Global Diplomacy Lab. With his innovation consultancy crstl.io, Nicola advises different foundations, international think tanks and foreign ministries on creative formats and strategic innovation. He is the Founding Curator of the Global Shapers Bern Hub (World Economic Forum) and sits on the boards of the WEF Open Forum Davos, Fondation Science et Cité (as Vice President), Law and Economics Club as well as Foundation Jean Monnet pour l’Europe. Nicola is a Swiss Ashoka Fellow and Mercator Fellow. He has been ranked among the top 99 foreign policy leaders under 33 by The Diplomatic Courier. Nicola regularly contributes to Swiss and international media and is a frequent keynote speaker, panelist and moderator (e.g. with the Open Situation Rooms design thinking format).


Nicola holds a degree in law (lic.iur./MLaw) and has studied in Zurich, Montpellier and Lausanne. He is currently based in New York, Berlin and Switzerland and has lived in a wide range of countries, including Ethiopia, Russia, Australia and Belgium.

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