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Law and Environment

Below you will find the description of all the events listed chronologically as they will take place.

 

Sustain the Future: International Response to Climate Change

Roundtable
In cooperation with the Embassy of Brazil, the Embassy of Denmark, the Embassy of Mexico, the Embassy of South Africa and the UN Information Center Prague
Monday, October 10, 2011, 12.00–13.30, Goethe-Institut
 
Participants: Jan Dusík, Martin Bursík, Bedřich Moldan, José Luis Bernal, Aspasia Camargo, Karsten Duer, Drahomíra Mandíková
 
The Copenhagen Accord (2009) and the Cancún Agreements (2010) are a set of significant decisions to address the long-term challenge of climate change and to speed up the global response. The 2011 Climate Change Conference in Durban will seek to advance the implementation of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Kyoto Protocol. The world has been already paving the road to Rio de Janeiro, where countries can agree on policies needed to green the economy, promote jobs, advance clean energy and clean water for a sustainable and fairer use of resources.
 
  • The multilateral negotiations on climate change as the only current norm-building process involving the international community at large.
  • Sustainable development as the agenda for the 21st century.
  • Smart policies for the green economy, jobs and technology.

 

Law and Environment

Panel
Monday, October 10, 2011, 18.00–19.30, Goethe-Institut
 
Participants: Hassane Cisse, Maria Ivanova, Bedřich Moldan, James Mancham, Jan Dusík, Mikuláš Huba
 
The impact of human activities on nature, its resources and environment in general, is so great that the safeguard of legally anchored norms is essential. In the broad sector of environmental protection, the role of the law is probably more pronounced than in others as it is a relatively new field with little tradition of historically developed and “naturally” observed societal rules and norms. Moreover, as environmental pollution “does not observe borders”, the crucial role of international law is clearly evident.
 
  • Norms regarding international and global commons like oceans, atmosphere and climate: What are the prerequisites and mechanism for their development, implementation and enforcement?
  • How do we address the conflicts between national and global interests and limits to national sovereignty?
  • The example of Antarctica: How do we preserve the “common heritage of mankind”?

 

Greening the Economy in a Time of Austerity

Roundtable
In cooperation with Heinrich Böll Foundation and Green Academy
Monday, October 10, 2011, 19.45–21.15, Goethe-Institut
 
Participants: Cem Özdemir, Jan Macháček, Randall K. Filer, Ondřej Liška
 
Greening the economy is seen as the only way to create jobs and limit the negative impacts of climate change. At the same time, the financial and Euro debt crisis has set narrow bounds to public investments.
 
  • Given the tight budgets that many states face, how can they stimulate an ecological modernization of their economies?
  • How can the required investments, both public and private, in restructuring enterprises and the public infrastructure be financed?
  • What are the political challenges and prospects for greening our economies?
  • Which role can policy instruments play in this context?
  • How can new financial instruments in the banking sector and business itself contribute to greening our economy?

 

Water: Potential to Unite, Rather than Divide?

Roundtable
In cooperation with The Coca-Cola Company
Tuesday, October 11, 2011, 14.30–16.00, Žofín Palace, Knights´ Hall
 
Participants: Irena Kalhousová, Uri Shamir, Ivo Šilhavý, Omar Rifai, Ladislav Bartoš
 
The region of the Middle East is facing not only political but also environmental challenges. Most of the countries in the region lack sufficient water resources. Yet this shortage is creating an opportunity for innovations in water management. Know-how originating from the region and cutting-edge technologies developed by local companies are spreading world-wide. This panel will not discuss issues that divide nations and states of the Middle East, but rather those that have the potential to bring them together. It will present innovative technologies and projects in water management, which have the power to improve the situation of people in the Middle East.
 
  • Which are the most promising projects and technologies that recently originated in the Middle East?
  • Can scientific and business cooperation spill over into political partnership?
  • Are the local politicians ready to look for regional cooperation in dealing with water management?
  • What is the potential of the home-grown scientific community in the Arab countries?
  • Is the private sector strong enough to start to apply new technologies in water management?
  • To what extent could Israeli cutting-edge technologies be transferable to other Middle Eastern countries?

 

We Are the Landscape

Panel Discussion
In cooperation with CENELC
Tuesday, October 11, 2011, 14.30–16.00, Academy of Sciences
 
Participants: Mikuláš Huba, Martin Říha, Jana Dlouhá, Martin Stránský, Josef Fanta
 
Both the landscape – the surface of our planet - and our society are constantly evolving and changing in mutual interaction. The changes our society leaves behind are increasingly penetrative and lasting, often with negative effects on the very society that caused them. Thus, democratic societies are in search of a sustainable way of development. Although as individuals, we are limited in our effort to change the landscape on a global scale, we have the possibility to affect our surroundings.  In a free and democratic society, it is our civic right and responsibility. This way the quality of the landscape reflects the state of the society taking care of it.
 
  • Do we realize the importance and value of the landscape for sustaining our way of life?
  • Are the existing rules and regulations in a democratic society sufficient to provide protection and sustainable development of the landscape and life as such?
  • Does the current world population have the right to an intact and harmonious landscape and how it does it exercise this right?
  • Has the duty to protect, manage and plan for a sustainable development of all landscape become a basic pillar of the legal code of a democratic society?
  • What should be the direction of landscape development?

 

E.ON Energy Globe Award Czech Republic

Award Ceremony
In cooperation with E.ON
By special invitations only.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011, 20.00–22.00, Tram Depot Prague-Střešovice
 
The Energy Globe Award is the most prominent environmental award today. Organized since 1999, it appraises projects that use energy resources in an economically and environmentally friendly way and promote renewable forms of energy. The project seeks to build awareness in order to advance a global change in thinking about our environment and our use of energy in the 21st century. The awards are presented at the national level in more than 100 countries worldwide. The initiator of the competition in the Czech Republic is the energy company E.ON.
 
The announcement of awards is the highlight of the third year of the E.ON Energy Globe Award CR competition. It will be held on October 11, 2011 and will be broadcast live by Czech Television.

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