How solid is our common ground?

Living room conversation on Building progressive internationalism - conversations about fractured realities


The Institute For Global Dialogue (IGD) and FES SA  jointly invite you to a living room conversation on building progressive internationalism - conversations about fractured realities

Progressives in South Africa and Germany appear to be drifting apart. Whether it's the recent pandemic, the war in Ukraine, or the climate and energy crisis - ideas and expectations about mutual responsibilities and responses appear to differ. Multiple crises are deepening global inequalities and threatening peace and our very existence. They are exacerbated by the rise of authoritarianism, imperialism, geopolitical shifts, and a looming block confrontation. Progressives on both sides largely agree that the multiple crises are too important to be left to the government alone and that the political moment calls for multilateral responses and progressive internationalism. Is there enough common ground for that? Do we truly understand each other's interests and perspectives? What are the pillars of a shared progressive agenda?

Martin Schulz - President FES, former President of the EU Parliament, former president of the Social Democratic Party of Germany
Alvin Botes - Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation
Lebogang Mulaisi – Presidential Climate Commission; former Head of Policy, COSATU
Sithembile Mbete – Lecturer, International Relations and Political Science, University of Pretoria

Yolokazi Mfuto - Civil Society Liaison Officer at the Pan-African Parliament; FHAS alumni

Date: 28 June 2023 
 Linidwe Mabuza Space, 34 Bompas Road, Dunkeld, Johannesburg
Time: 16:00 – 18:00 following the prior 14:30 – 15:30 discussion on the South African Foreign Policy Review. Find more info on that panel here

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