Two Day Conference

Towards a Global New Deal

Opening Panel (photo by ideas)

In cooperation with the Center for American Progress, Fundacion Ideas & policy network
Thursday & Friday, 1 & 2 October 2009
Madrid, Spain, invitation only

2009 is a year in which global alliances have once again returned to center stage. As we struggle to manage the economic and political fallout of the global financial crisis, forge a new sustainable consensus on international security and reach a deal on climate change, the importance of renewed international cooperation is undeniable. The current crisis also presents progressives with a unique and unprecedented opportunity to shape the international agenda. In the months ahead, a renewed transatlantic understanding will be pivotal to the success of this endeavor.

The partners in the Global Progress initiative are committed to playing a leadership role, taking this opportunity to advance a pragmatic and progressive global agenda. In October 2009, they convened a meeting in Madrid, Spain under the patronage of Prime Minister Zapatero, to discuss how progressives can:

• Restore global prosperity by reforming the international economic architecture and pursuing policies that promote sustainable broad-based increases in living standards;
• Address climate change by fostering an urgent agreement on energy sources and use;
• Prevent terrorism, failed states and new security threats by adopting a broader approach to human and national security; and
• Alleviate poverty by promoting sustainable economic growth across the developing world.

Held over two days, the conference brought together some 200 politicians, policy makers, academics, experts and political strategists at the highest level. The objective of these discussions is to forge a strategic partnership around common progressive agenda that is robust enough to respond to the current global challenges

Madrid, 1 Oct 09: Opening Planel with Ralf Fücks (Heinrich Böll Foundation), Jesús Caldera (IDEAS Foundation), María Teresa Fernández de la Vega (Vice President of Spain), Carlos Mulas Granados (IDEAS Foundation), Sarah Rosen Wartell (Center for American Progress) 

For questions please contact Sebastian Gräfe at: sebastian.graefe[at]   


Further Links and Publications

» John Podesta: Progressive Growth: Building a Prosperous World in the 21st Century. Keynote address to the Boell Foundation in Berlin. October 26, 2010
» Richard Samans: Beyond Business as Usual. G-20 Leaders and Post-Crisis Reconstitution of the International Economic Order. September 2009
» Spencer P. Boyer: Learning from Each Other. The Integration of Immigrant and Minority Groups in the United States and Europe. April 2009
» Sabina Dewan and Michael Ettlinger: Comparing Public Spending and Priorities Across OECD Countries. October 2009
» Michael Ettlinger and Michael Linden: Deal with It. A Guide to the Federal Deficit and Debt. September 2009
» John D. Podesta, Kate Gordon, Bracken Hendricks, and Benjamin Goldstein: The Clean-Energy Investment Agenda. A Comprehensive Approach to Building the Low-Carbon Economy. September 2009
» Matt Browne, Carmen de Paz, and Carlos Mulas-Granados: Global Progress. A Decisive Step in Building an International Progressive Agenda for the XXI Century. August 2009
» Matt Browne: Yes, We Did. March 2010.
» Lawrence J. Korb, Brian Katulis, and Colin Cookman: Meeting the Challenges in Pakistan. Trip Report and Recommendations for U.S. Policy. May 2009
» Reuben E. Brigety II: Swords and Ploughshares. Sustainable Security in Afghanistan Requires Sweeping U.S. Policy Overhaul. March 2009
» Sabina Dewan: Institutions Matter: Exploring the Differences in Labor and Welfare Institutions for Decent Work in Developed and Developing Countries. June 2009
» Ralf Fücks: A European Community for Renewable Energies. July 2009
» Matt Browne, John Halpin, and Ruy Teixeira: The European Paradox. September 2009
» Michaele Schreyer and Lutz Mez: ERENE. A European Community for Renewable Energies. Executive Summary
» Breaking Through on Technology. Overcoming the Barriers to the Ddevelopment and wide Deployment of Low-Carbon Technology. Global Climate Network Discussion Paper No. 2. July 2009
» Creating Opportunity. Low-Carbon jobs in an Interconnected World. Global Climate Network Discussion Paper No. 3. September 2009


» Article in Spiegel Online ‘Beyond the Third Way. What Is Wrong with Social Democracy?’ By Matt Browne, Ruy Teixiera and John Halpin 
» Article in "DIE ZEIT" 'Links und frei' by Werner A. Perger, October 9, 2009 (IN GERMAN ONLY)
» Article in "DIE ZEIT" 'Doch, Siege sind möglich: Warum es in Europa eigentlich mehr als genug Wähler für eine starke Sozialdemokratie gäbe' by Matt Browne, John Halpin and Ruy Teixeira, November 19, 2009 (IN GERMAN ONLY)
» Article in "DIE ZEIT" 'Zwischen Annäherung und Entfremdung' By M. Schlieben, February 26, 2010 (IN GERMAN ONLY)

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Office & Communications Manager, Assistant to the Executive Director
The Heinrich Böll Foundation North America is accepting applications for the position of Office and Communications Manager, Assistant to the Executive Director. We are looking for a highly qualified and motivated individual with an interest in green policy issues. Qualified candidates have a BA and are fluent in English and German. The position is full-time. The start date for the position is July1st, 2014.

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