The EU on the road to Rio+20: towards a sustainable outcome?

23 Jun 2011 12:00
23 Jun 2011 14:00

The Institute for European Studies (IES) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel  and the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) kindly invite you to an Environmental Policy Forum entitled "The EU on the road to Rio+20: towards a sustainable outcome?", to be held on June 23, 2011.


Rio+20, or the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD), which will be held from 4 to 6 June 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, marks the 20th anniversary of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). The Rio+20 Conference will take place at the highest political level, including heads of state and government, with the aim of securing renewed political commitment for sustainable development, assessing progress to date and remaining gaps in implementation of major summits on sustainable development. In addressing new and emerging challenges in the environmental field the Conference focus is to be the ‘green economy’ and the institutional framework for sustainable development.

The IES/IEEP Environmental Policy Forum will shed light on general expectations related to the Rio+20 Conference as well as the position and role of the European Union related to the Conference. What are the EU’s aims for the Rio Conference? How is the EU progressing in its preparations for the conference? What is still feasible given the fact that the most recent negotiations in the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-19), held in May 2011, failed to adopt an agreed outcome containing policy recommendations to build confidence for Rio+20? What are possible outcomes of the Rio+20 process?


12:00 Welcome Lunch & Introduction

12:30 Presentations by:

  • Julius Langendorff, Deputy Head of Unit, Multilateral Environmental Agreements, Processes and Trade Issues, DG Environment, European Commission
  • Marc Pallemaerts, Senior Fellow and Head of Environmental Governance Programme, Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP)
  • Siobhán Egan, European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)   

14:00 End of Policy Forum

The IES Policy Forums bring together representatives from academia, lawyers, business experts and policy makers to share views and stimulate a highly interactive debate on topical issues with a focus on the future.


Participation is free of charge and open to all but, due to space limitations, registration is required.  Those wanting to participate can register by sending an e-mail to

The programme will start at 12:00 with a lunch reception, followed by the presentation at 12:30.

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