Eurodad-conference ‘Alternative policies for a sustainable world’
Eurodad's International Conference is co-hosted by Eurodad's Dutch members ActionAid Netherlands, Both ENDS, OIKOS, Oxfam Novib and SOMO. It will be held in the Caballero Fabriek in The Hague.
About the conference
In a world of extreme inequality, widespread poverty, and environmental fragility, the need for alternatives has never been greater. The global economic crisis proved the fragility of both the economic system and the model underpinning it.
Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals are unlikely to be achieved without significant changes to this global economic model and ideas and institutions that sustain it. Elections around the world are proving that there is widespread discontent across the political spectrum, and a willingness to consider radical alternatives.
The event will bring together leading civil society thinkers from around the globe working on issues including debt, tax justice, aid, private finance, the International Financial Institutions (IFIs) and global monetary reform to discuss alternative policies for a sustainable world, better ways of financing global development and strengthening global economic regulation and governance.
Programme summary (draft)
The conference will start at 2 pm on Tuesday 20 June with plenary sessions. On Wednesday 21 June there will be mainly workshops. Thursday 22 June will focus on CSO strategies in small working groups.
Download the full programme from the Eurodad Conference website.
Both ENDS' workshops
Both ENDS will host two sessions on Wednesday 21 June at 15.00 h:
Where will TTIP strike next: How global trade and investment regimes restrict policy space and create inequality
Speakers: Rachmi Hertanti (Indonesia for Global Justice), Burghard Ilge (Both ENDS), Kavaljit Singh (Madhyam)
Goals of this workshop:
• To raise awareness about and strategize the less well known EU negotiation of trade and investment
agreements and how they limit policy space and create inequality
• To illustrate with case studies from Indonesia and India how trade and investment rules limit these
countries' capacity to design and implement key economic policies aiming at economic justice and
• To link gender and other specific forms of inequality with trade and investment rules
Investing in the SDGs: What role for institutional investors?
Speakers: Suzanne Ismail (Christian Aid), Matti Kohonen (Christian Aid), Danielle Hirsch (Both ENDS)
Moderator: Cindy Coltman (Both ENDS)
Goals of this workshop:
• To share experience and research on how effectively institutional investors are currently
contributing to the SDGs.
• Initial thinking about what 'good investment' for sustainable development might look like and to
draw on participants experience to shape the next phase of Christian Aid's research and advocacy.
Registration for the conference is closed. For questions about the conference, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eurodad (the European Network on Debt and Development) is a network of 47 civil society organisations (CSOs) from 20 European countries, which works for transformative yet specific changes to global and European policies, institutions, rules and structures to ensure a democratically controlled, environmentally sustainable financial and economic system that works to eradicate poverty and ensure human rights for all. Both ENDS is a member of Eurodad.
For more information, visit eurodad.org.
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