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Stay updated with our latest events concerning human rights, refugee crisis, education, climate change and more.

The Climate Change Series

How one person can make a difference

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Climate change and global warming have become politically loaded terms. Despite decades of warnings, reports and talks on climate change, we are amidst a social and political paralysis. The pervasive ‘doom and gloom’ narrative has caused many of us to tune out the moment we hear ‘climate change’. We still seem not to be sure how to talk about it in a meaningful way.

This November, The Climate Change Series offer you the opportunity to ask your questions and change the conversation. Meet with climate experts, scientists, activists and journalists and create your own campaign on climate action.

Let’s tell a different story on climate change!

UPCOMING EVENTS

November 15th
CLIMATE CHANGE 101: Introduction and Inter-Linkages*

November 24th
CLIMATE CHANGE 201: Climate action on local, EU and international level

December 8th
CREATE YOUR OWN CLIMATE ACTION CAMPAIGN: Workshop on designing your own customized social media message

*Expert Facilitators for Climate Change 101: Introduction and Inter-linkages

Prof. dr. Frank Pattyn (ULB) – Science and Climate Change
Guy Janssen (Moja Global) – Forestry/Agriculture and Climate Change
Konar Mutafoglu (IEEP) – Adaptation and Climate Change
Shamila Mahmood (Expert on SDGs) – Conflict and Climate Change (Case Study: Siachen Glacier and the Indus Rivers System)
Kris Vanslambrouck (11.11.11) – Energy and Climate Change
Antonina Radeva (Expert on SRHR & Climate Change/ WSF member) – Gender/Health and Climate Change

REGISTRATION & RECOGNITION

Participants who have attended all three events will receive a Certificate of Participation from the Institute of Strategic Communication – Paris.

Participation is free of charge. We look forward to welcoming you at The Press Club!

Press Café: Women in Conflict

While men play the largest roles in conflict, women and children are usually the ones who suffer most of the repercussions in war – whether we talk about (sexual) violence, loss or post-traumatic stress disorder. Women and girls are generally the most affected by armed conflicts and/or disaster, which leads to lack of security and often, exclusion from participation in the economic, social and political decision-making processes. Even in the 21st century and even in the developed world, women have to face gender inequality; this offers an idea on how mistreated they are within the developing world, not to mention conflict areas.

In order to create the setting for an in depth conversation, ISC Paris and World Solidarity Forum partners are organising a second Press Café: Women in Conflict, with focus only on these issues and challenges.

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Press Café - Democracy in the 21st Century

With contemporary crises faced by EU today, it is time to critically re-evaluate if our adopted system works, for whom and if it is possible to make it work for everyone? In order to answer these questions, ISC Paris and World Solidarity Forum Partners have hosted the first Press Café series: Democracy in the 21st Century at the Press Club Brussels. Participants were invited to join various thematic tables to discuss the contemporary challenges faced by democratic movements today.

The Press Café is a part of the Networking series organised by the World Solidarity Forum where a main topic is proposed. Various aspects related to the main topic will then be chosen by experts in the field and each participant will be invited to join a discussion circle of their interest. Rotation will take place every 20 minutes, enabling the participants to take part in more thematic tables.

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Managing Crises

Is European unity essential for Sustainable Peace?

Addressing home-grown radicalisation and an increasing number of refugees fleeing war and prosecution have been some of the key challenges fueling political divisions in Europe. As complex realities continue to emerge, it is increasingly challenging to find find a common European vision to address them.

The event will gather representatives from academia, NGOs and media working in the fields of peace-building, democratisation and anti-radicalisation to engage the audience in a discussion on the state of play of the European Union. We will aim to rediscover the European solidarity clause ingrained in the Lisbon treaty and question whether “business as usual” is enough if EU is to maintain peace within its own borders and continue as a global actor in conflict regions around the world.

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Women Empowerment in Conflict Zones: A Comparative Perspective

The last decades show considerable progress towards gender equality and empowerment of women, yet this can mostly be observed in the developed world. Women from around the world have carried the struggle of equal rights for centuries, and still have to face it even in the 21st century. Taking into consideration the global stage, it can be argued that while many societies have achieved high equality indexes, the situation is not the same within the developing world, most particularly within conflict zones. In order to discuss this discrepancy, the objective of the event was not only to present the (generally) harsh conditions which women in conflict zones have to face daily, but to raise awareness on the different positive initiatives meant to empower women.

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Understanding the SDGs and their impact

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), otherwise known as the Global Goals, build on the eight anti-poverty Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) adopted in 2000. While progress has been made on the MDGs, the indignity of poverty has yet to be ended for all. The SDGs, and the broader sustainability agenda, go much further than the MDGs, and their understanding should be a prerequisite, not only for those involved with development and humanitarian causes but all development actors; including members of all strata of society. For the goals to be achieved, everyone needs to do their part: governments, the private sector, civil society and people like you (UN, 2016). This is why, raising awareness on the subject is necessary in order to know how, where and why to act.

In pursuance of this objective, the Institute of Strategic Communications, with the help of World Solidarity Forum partners, were happy to bring you a discussion on the UN’s Post 2015 Agenda. The event was divided into two parts: an introduction by Dr. Roberto Ridolfi – Director for Sustainable Growth and Development at DG DEVCO (EuropeAid) and a more in-depth analysis on how charities/development organisations can consider environmental sustainability and climate change as part of their programmes, Ms. Shamila Mahmood – International Law and Development Professional.

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Understanding the SDGs and their impact (final)
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Young People as Agents of Change in Peacebuilding

The conference “Young People as Agents of Change in Peacebuilding” explored what role young people in Europe can play. By sharing best case practises and experiences, the panel of youth human rights advocates demonstrated how young people can act as innovators and active agents of change. By presenting examples of interinstitutional cooperation between youth NGOs and the government, the conference aimed to identify how the decision makers, such as the European Parliament and Council of Europe could further strengthen the cooperation with youth civil society organisations and facilitate their involvement in the decision making process, as well as what could be the benefits of such policies of increased dialogue.

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Women as changemakers

the 70th anniversary of the UN

Taking place at Brussels Press Club on Friday the 30th of October 2015, the conference “Women as Changemakers – The 70th anniversary of the UN” will bring together experts, academics and practitioners from international organisations to reflect about what has been done in 70 years in terms of women’s rights.

We will discuss UN Sustainable Development Goals in regard to women empowerment and gender equality in different regions such as Europe and South Asia.

Through constructive and interactive dialogue, panelists and audience will share different perspectives on international and national responsibilities and involvement.

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Refugees welcome?

Citizens' Initiative and media response to the refugee crisis and conflict

The main topic that was discussed in Bucharest were countries that are crossed by the “refugee route”. Local authorities cannot cope with the dramatic increase of shelter, water and sanitation, food, medical assistance and education.

President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, in his State of the Union Speech emphasized that “We need more Union in our Europe” and called for obligatory quota for the EU member states. So far European response has received much criticism from both sides: for not doing enough and for interfering too much to national policies.

Therefore, the main question is how European citizens’ initiatives, governments and media can contribute in creating more effective response the refugee crisis? 

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Youth on world refugee crisis

The number of people forced to flee their homes across the world has exceeded 50 million for the first time since the second world war. Globally, one in every 122 humans is now either a refugee, internally displaced, or seeking asylum, the UN reports. According to Amnesty International, the toll in lives lost and lives blighted is far higher than many armed conflicts, which signifies that the current approaches to the world’s many refugee crises are failing. What’s worse, Human Rights organisations predict that the situation is likely to get more and more delicate. The training seminar “Young People on World Refugee Crisis“ will look at the global refugee crisis and internal displacement covering a large part of globe ranging from Kashmir in South Asia to Eastern boarders of Europe.

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Education in Crisis

Ensuring Human Rights in Conflict Areas

This June 17th The Institute of Strategic Communication in collaboration with humanitarian NGO Relief & Reconciliation for Syria and youth empowerment NGOs EMPASI and European Youth for Human Rights organised an interactive conference-debate “Education In Crisis: Ensuring Human Rights in Conflict Areas”. The event took place in the heart of Brussels at the European Press Club and welcomed over 60 guests from various European governmental institutions and international NGOs.

The innovative Fishbowl set-up was chosen for the conference to provide a creative way to include the public in the discussion, and share ideas or information from a variety of perspectives.

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