Two new IES Policy Forums zoom in on climate journalism and Bonn COP23 outcome

22 Nov 2017 12:00
22 Nov 2017 14:00

The Institute for European Studies at Vrije Universiteit Brussel has the pleasure of inviting you on 22 November 2017, for IES Policy Forums on climate journalism and Bonn COP23 outcome.

Climate COPs and Climate Change Reporting

Climate change seems to be getting increasing news coverage recently, which seems logical considering the increasing urgency of the issue. But what are the key challenges behind climate change reporting? In this policy forum, we discuss the role of climate journalism in the fight against climate change, set in an increasingly post-truth society and the emergence and proliferation of fake news. Speakers also explore the difficulties in generating sufficient public interest about climate change amidst climate denial by important political leaders, manipulation of information by those in power, and other pressures working against quality, independent journalism. How can these challenges be overcome? How can the links between journalists and climate scientists be strengthened? What means do journalists have to mobilise action against an existential threat to civilisation as we know it?


  • Ben Vanheukelom, Journalist - VRT (tbc)
  • Brian Maguire, Journalist/Producer – EBX MEDIA
  • Tine Hens, Editor on climate change & resilience - MO* Magazine
  • Pieter Maeseele, Associate Professor, University of Antwerp (tbc)

Moderator: Gauri Khandekar, Researcher IES

The policy forum starts at 10:30h and will end at approximately 12:00h. A sandwich lunch will be provided between 12:00h and 12:30h.

After COP 23: Status and Prospects for International Climate Governance

The 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (6-17 November 2017, Bonn) was the first of its kind after the announcement of US President Trump that the US would withdraw from the Paris Agreement that was concluded in 2015 and has otherwise been fully embraced by the world community. This Policy Forum will discuss the outcome of COP-23 and explore options for advancing international climate governance towards the objectives of the Paris Agreement in- and outside the UNFCCC context, with a particular emphasis on the role of the EU and its member states. What has been achieved in Bonn? What can and needs to happen within the multilateral process over the coming year and beyond? How should international fora and initiatives beyond the UNFCCC/Paris Agreement be further developed? How can the EU and its member states contribute, including towards discussions on the urgently needed raising of ambition?


  • Jacob Werksman, Principal Advisor, European Commission, DG Climate Action
  • Kati Kulovesi, Professor, University of Eastern Finland
  • Sebastian Oberthür, Professor, Institute for European Studies, VUB (moderator and speaker)

The policy forum starts at 12:00h and will end at approximately 14:00h. A sandwich lunch will be provided between 12:00h and 12:30h.

Participation is free of charge and open to all but due to space limitations, registration is mandatory. If you wish to attend, please fill in the online registration form.