20 June 2013 | Lunch and discussion with the President of the International Criminal Court, ‘The Future Role of the ICC’
The ICC is the world’s first permanent international criminal institution mandated to prosecute and try suspected perpetrators of war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide and the crime of aggression. President Song will share his views on the ICC as a key instrument of international justice and an essential building block for the stability and prosperity of the world. He will talk about the relationships between international justice, rule of law and development, and the ICC’s role in this regard.
Logistics: Humanity House, The Hague / 12:30-13:30 (lunch at 12:00) / English / Admission: €10,- *(includes organic lunch and coffee/tea) – more information
*DISCLAIMER: THE ICC does not charge for speaking engagements of its officials and staff.
17 June 2013 | SID Lecture with Oshani Perera ‘The Power of the Public Purse’
The final lecture in the series ‘The Private Sector in Development: Towards a Sustainable Future’ was delivered by Oshani Perera (IISD). Her lecture aimed to explore the ‘power of the public purse’ for a sustainable future. How do government expenditures comply with sustainability? Are social and environmental dimensions considered during the decision making process on how public money is spent and contracts signed? What potential do governments have of being a role model for the private sector in sustainable investment?
Nathalie Olijslager, Head International Markets at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, shared insights from the public sector perspective.
16 May 2013 |Lunch and discussion with Arjan Hehenkamp, ‘A Critical Perspective on our Aid System in Crisis Situations”
How does the aid system function in acute crisis situations such as in Syria and South Sudan? General Director for Médecins sans Frontières – Holland, Arjan Hehenkamp, offered a critical perspective based on his views and experiences. What are the shortcomings? How does MSF propose to tackle them for itself, and what are urgent measures that could be considered by others?
Please find the summary report here.
13 May 2013 | SID Lecture with Graham Dutfield ‘Intellectual Property Rights and Sustainable Growth’
To make globalization more inclusive and equitable, managing intellectual property is of key importance. Graham Dutfield, Professor International Governance at the School of Law, Leeds University, discussed in his lecture how intellectual property frameworks can be reformed so that private (and economic) interests are safeguarded and innovation is stimulated, but actual and potential human consequences are included. Anna Meijknecht, senior researcher at the Tilburg University, joined as a discussant.
The summary report can be found here.
02 May 2013 | Colloquium with the authors of ‘The Myths of the Green Economy’
The concept of the ‘green economy’ is rapidly rising as a global ideal that promises to combine further economic growth and development with environmental sustainability. However, critics are raising their voices as well. Opponents state that the green economy is too good to be true: you cannot always create win-win solutions. During the colloquium Matthias Lievens, author of “De Mythe van de Groene Economie”, revealed and discussed six myths of the green economy. With comments by Wiert Wiertsema (Both ENDS) and Frans Duijnhouwer (Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment). For the summary report, please click here.
22 April 2013 | SID Lecture with Ingrid Holmes ’Our Financial System and Sustainable Development’
The recent financial crisis demonstrates how volatile our current financial system can be and how far-reaching its impact is, affecting people all around the world. Ingrid Holmes, in the third lecture in the series ‘The Private Sector in Development: Towards a Sustainable Future’, discussed how the financial system can become more supportive to worldwide sustainable development. A summary report and Ms Holmes’ speech can be found here.