Chances for Global Cooperation in the 21st Century

On 30th October 2012 the Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research celebrated with an official opening ceremony the start of the new research institute. In the inspiring environment of the Museum Küppersmühle more than 120 guests came along with the speakers, international fellows and colleagues of the Centre to participate at the inauguration ceremony.

In his welcome address Prof. Dr. Ulrich Radtke, president of the University of Duisburg-Essen, expressed his pride that the application for the Centre was successful against 20 other project proposals in the final selection round. In accordance with its slogan “open-minded”, the international research institute is “just right” within the university, Prof. Radtke added. Ulrich Schüller, representative from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), confirmed that the Centre was successful in an ambitious selection round. Thereby the fourth Käte Hamburger Kolleg is located in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), Helmut Dockter, State Secretary of the Ministry for Innovation, Science and Research of NRW, was pleased. He sees the Centre as an innovative, interdisciplinary institution that deals with “politically highly relevant questions”. Due to its freedom for research, the Centre can contribute to diverse solutions for joint cooperation and global acting. Sören Link, mayor of the city Duisburg, underlined the importance of the Centre’s research because global challenges always manifest itself with its consequences at the local level.

The focus of the second part of the event was the question of how global cooperation can succeed in addressing key challenges of the 21st century. Among the speakers were renowned personalities who gave in their keynote speeches, from the basic research to the practical implications of global cooperation, insights into thematic fields of the Centre. In his contribution Dr. Daniel Haun explained why it is so important to ask under what conditions cooperation fails. Using case studies with great apes and children he demonstrated that cooperative behavior seems inherent in us and even increases our level of happiness. That successful cooperation depends not only on the ability but on motivation to cooperate, Dr. Gunter Pleuger could agree based on his experiences as former German ambassador to the United Nations. He described the 21st century as “century of cooperation”, because the challenges we are facing could be solved only through global cooperation.

Date: Tuesday, 30th October 2012
Venue: Museum Küppersmühle, Duisburg


Conference Report

Article in the WAZ (in German)

Keynote Speech by Daniel Haun
Keynote Speech by Günter Pleuger
Keynote Speech by Upendra Baxi
Roundtable I
Roundtable II