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 email@example.com.
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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News / 14 September 2017
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News / 14 October 2016
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News / 19 June 2018
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News / 26 January 2017
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Publication / 19 September 2016
Publication / 10 March 2016
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Publication / 14 May 2017
Publication / 14 May 2017
Video / 7 March 2018
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Publication / 9 May 2018
Publication / 9 May 2018
Publication / 4 November 2016
News / 11 December 2015
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External link / 31 May 2018
For several years now, Both ENDS has been drawing attention to the downsides of existing Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs) between the Netherlands and countries in the Global South. In 2017, an important step was taken, when Uganda decided to terminate its BIT with the Netherlands, as advised by Both ENDS and our local partner SEATINI.
Press release / 9 May 2018
New research by Both ENDS, Fossielvrij NL and urgewald shows that, in 2017, pension fund ABP invested 500 million euros more in coal, oil and gas than in the previous year – a total of 10.9 billion euros. These investments in fossil fuels not only stand in sharp contrast to ABP's claim that it has achieved substantial successes in its climate policy, but are also in flagrant violation of the Paris climate agreement. Unlike international forerunners among pension funds, ABP continues unabated to invest in the fossil energy sector.
Press release / 14 May 2017
The Dutch pension fund, ABP, invested about two billion euros more in the fossil energy industry at the end of 2016 than the year before. This is announced by the report "Dirty & Dangerous: the fossil fuel investments of Dutch pension fund ABP," published today by Both ENDS, German urgewald and Fossielvrij NL. The report criticizes these investments because of the impact on the climate and the catastrophic consequences for the people in the areas where coal, oil and gas are being produced.