Solidarity, Peace and Social Democracy
The guiding principles of the international work of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) are the worldwide promotion of democracy and development, contribution to peace and security, helping to shape globalisation into an inclusive process and strengthening the European Union. Through projects in over 100 countries the FES has been actively involved in the development and consolidation of civil society and state structures to promote and strengthen democracy and social justice, strong and free trade unions, human rights and gender equality.
In addition to its core endeavour to promote democracy in individual countries, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung is increasingly working on global and regional issues. Its focus areas are the extension and deepening of the European integration process, the further development of the transatlantic relationship and reform of global governance systems.
The dialogue between different societal actors, between different cultures and social models, between North and South, EU countries and candidate countries and international institutions is indispensable, especially in order to stabilize fragile social and governmental structures and to find solutions to cross-cutting regional and global issues. With its worldwide network of offices and partners the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung has a range of instruments at its disposal that allow for a substantial contribution to these debates and to organise and advance dialogue on various levels.
While the European Union can be described as the most successful regional integration project to date, its further development presents numerous challenges to member states as well as neighbouring countries. The process of European integration raises issues such as the creation of a common European foreign and security policy and a European economic and social model. It is the objective of the FES to promote economic and political integration in Europe, especially in the transition economies of Eastern Europe, in a socially equitable manner.
The transatlantic dialogue has historically evolved and continues to be a key factor in our work. Common policies are the only way to guarantee sustainable development and tackle global problems in partnership.
The global network of political partners of the FES provides a forum for sharing and learning. The partners include traditional parties and trade unions, non-governmental organisations, academic and policy think tanks as well as state institutions, such as parliaments and government ministries.