17 June 2013 | SID Lecture with Oshani Perera ‘Public Procurement for Sustainability’
The final lecture in the series ‘The Private Sector in Development: Towards a Sustainable Future’ will be delivered by Oshani Perera. She is Programme leader at the International Institute for Sustainable Development and will use her expertise to discuss public procurement as a potential effective instrument to promote sustainable development.
Through its significant purchasing power governments can facilitate economies of scale, wider commercialisation and the distribution of sustainable solutions. Also, through procurement a government can set good sustainable consumption examples for their citizens. Can the state play a catalysing role for sustainable development through procurement? How to facilitate the roll-out of sustainable public procurement?
Jeroen Roodenburg, Ambassador Private Sector & International Cooperation at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will act as discussant.
20 June 2013 | Lunch and discussion with the President of the International Criminal Court, ‘The Future Role of the ICC’
Do you want to make the most out of your lunch break? Join this debate with the President of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Judge Sang-Hyun Song.
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) – Register before 19 June through: email@example.com
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 soon on this website.
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) A summary report will be posted on this website soon.
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.
18 April 2013 | Bread and Brains #7 – with Abodiun Williams ‘Conflict Prevention: Challenges and Opportunities’
Our last guestspeaker in the Bread and Brains series, Dr Abodiun Williams, gave an interesting speech about conflict prevention. The concept is widely endorsed by governments and (international) organisations, yet it is a principle that is rarely put into serious practice. How can we narrow the gap between rhetoric and action? What are the specific challenges in conflict prevention efforts? As President of The Hague Institute for Global Justice, Dr. Williams shared his extensive expertise on the subject. Learn more about the Bread&Brains lunch session here.
21 March 2013 | Bread & Brains #6 – with Eimert van Middelkoop on ‘International Cooperation and Stability Missions’
During yet another lively Bread and Brains meeting, former Dutch Minister of Defence Eimert van Middelkoop shared his knowledge and view on the current changes that are taking place in the field of international cooperation. He discussed the historical context of peace missions and the role they can play in a new approach to international cooperation. As former Dutch Minister of Defence, Eimert van Middelkoop was responsible for the Dutch contribution to the Task Force Uruzgan missions in Afghanistan. Learn more about the Bread&Brains lunch session here.
11 March 2013 | SID Lecture with Dick Benschop ‘The Private Sector and its Leverage: The Case of Shell in Nigeria’
In addition to governments, individuals and organisations, the business community also has an important role to play in supporting and respecting human rights. Companies that operate on a global basis are confronted with very different cultural contexts and human rights situations. How much leverage do transnational companies have regarding human rights at site level, within local communities and at country level? How can they have a positive impact on human rights and avoid negative impact or even abuse? Dick Benschop, CEO of Shell Nederland discussed these and other questions using the example of Shell in Nigeria. Bram van Ojik, Leader of the Green Left Party in the Dutch Parliament, joined as a discussant. The summary report can be found here.