GDL activities at the Latin America-Caribbean Conference and the conference Future Affairs
Berlin, 28 to 29 May 2019
In a rapidly changing world, global power structures are shifting and international actors and traditional global diplomacy are facing new challenges. In order to tackle these issues, the Latin America-Caribbean Initiative, launched with a conference on 28 May 2019, seeks to enhance forward-looking and inclusive diplomatic approaches in foreign affairs. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, along with his counterparts from Latin America and the Caribbean and together with cross-sectoral experts, continued the debate on how to restore confidence in multilateral processes and identify ways to strengthen strategic links between Germany and the region in the long term.
The discussion was continued on 29 May 2019 at the Conference Future Affairs, which focused on the impact of future technologies on various areas of public policy and international relations. The conference was organised in collaboration with re:publica and provided a platform for representatives from the private sector, academia and civil society, as well as government officials from Germany and the partner region of Latin America and the Caribbean to reflect on the potential and risks associated with new technological developments and digital societies that are transforming security issues and traditional foreign policies.
In the course of these events, the Global Diplomacy Lab hosted two highly interactive sessions designed and led by its members. Participants had the opportunity to engage in the public debates, exchange ideas with different stakeholders and shape the programme by designing and facilitating one of the two co-creative GDL activities listed below.
GDL Members were invited to raise their voice, bring their ideas to the table and elaborate concepts and proposals for sustainable and innovative solutions for the range of topics discussed at the conferences.
GDL Activity: Global Changemakers-Cities as Future Labs
How to hack insecurity, crime or migration? Can cities function as future labs for innovative forms of diplomacy and sustainable strategies? The Global Diplomacy Lab (GDL) invited participants to explore innovative solutions to these and other questions.
The groups public discussions between the participants, were intense and stimulating, the participants ruminated on the matter thoroughly and contributed creative ideas to the interactive workshops. One of the thought-provoking exercises was a group-based prototyping task in which multifaceted and realistic project ideas emerged from, such as the Erasmus exchange program for city officials, the recycling program or the neighborhood app that could strengthen local communities.
The session was facilitated by GDL Members Julia Jaroschewski and Sonja Peteranderl and took place on 28 May 2019. Participants included fellow Global Diplomacy Lab Members, Alumni of the ZEIT-Stiftung and other selected experts.
GDL Activity: Co-creating a Digital Agenda for Peace and Sustainable Development
The interactive Global Diplomacy Lab (GDL) session at the second day of the Conference Future Affairs addressed the challenge of implementing the 2030 Agenda in a diffuse digital world. Five groups of around ten participants each threw the dice to determine which SGDs they would work on. Throughout the two-hour session, groups exchanged their ideas about and innovations for SDG 3 – Good Health and Well-Being, SDG 4 – Quality Education, SDG 5 – Gender Quality, SDG 6 – Clean Water and Sanitation, SDG 16 – Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions, and SDG 17 – Partnerships for the Goals. For more detailed results and descriptions of how the life-sized board game works, please see the blog written by the two facilitators.
GDL Member Flávia Alfenas Amorim hosted the 29 May session together with co-facilitator GDL Member Anya Baum. Participants included fellow Global Diplomacy Lab Members, Alumni of the ZEIT-Stiftung and other conference guests.