Minster for Federal Affairs, Europe and the Media of North Rhine-Westphalia

Global lifestyles - new pathways for development policy


The Conference will be held at the World Conference Center Bonn (Platz der Vereinten Nationen 2, 53113 Bonn, Germany).

"Global lifestyles – new pathways for development policy"

The following questions will be the focus for discussion as part of the conference topic:

What effects do lifestyles and consumption habits in the rich industrial and service-based nations (e.g. in the areas of nutrition, mobility, energy use and tourism) have on development in countries in the South (food security, ecological balance, climate consequences, water consumption, land use, working conditions, etc.)?

What implications does this have for strategies and methods of development cooperation and educational work in the area of development policy here in Germany?

To what extent does copying unsustainable consumption habits and economic practices exacerbate the situation in developing and emerging nations? Do models for sustainable lifestyles already exist in the South that could possibly be applied elsewhere?

Is a growth-based development paradigm - as promoted by the EU (Communication 2011/637 of the European Commission) and numerous governments, as well as protagonists of the Millennium Development Goals - actually conducive to achieve key development policy goals such as overcoming hunger, poverty and unemployment? What effects of the growth process - that are of relevance to development - can be identified in the countries of the South? 

• Lifestyles and consumption habits are equally the responsibility of consumers and producers. How can consumers be made more sensitive to the relevance of their consumption behaviour to development policy? How can corporate responsibility (CSR, Business Social Compliance, green economy) be made more beneficial in terms of development policy goals?

How can strategies with a focus on development (e.g. Millennium Development Goals 2015) and sustainability (e.g. Rio+20 process / the German Advisory Council on Global Change 2011 report "Grosse Transformation" [Great Transformation]) be combined in future to form a joint perspective on development policy?

What options for participation and influence are there for civil society representatives and individual citizens in structuring development policy, as represented by the example of the Open Government Process for North Rhine-Westphalia's One World Strategy?

In addition to keynote speakers, debates, forums and panels, workshops on individual aspects of the Conference topic will also be held by various development policy organisations.

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