Briefing session for parliamentarians and policy makers – Post Copenhagen: Practical Consequences for Europe – 23 March 2010

February 23, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

On Tuesday 23 March 2010 a briefing session for parliamentarians and policy makers will take place at the Residence Palace in Brussels. The objectives of the session are threefold: (1) to provide a review of what came out of Copenhagen and a look forward to the key challenges and the different options for moving ahead towards COP16 in Mexico, (2) to understand the potential role the EU can play in this proces and (3) to identify the practical implications for the EU’s external relations policy. If you want to know more about the briefing session please click here for the background and (draft) programme including key note speakers.


Fourth Vijverberg Session – Food

September 15, 2009 at 2:40 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Fourth Vijverberg Session on Food

Rabobank Representation in the Netherlands, Korte Vijverberg 2, The Hague, 22 September 2009

The sharp price increases for raw materials, energy and food have direct consequences for the relative positions of countries on the economic world map as well as for their development perspectives. The substantial increase of renewable energy in the US and EU are reflected in the prices on the different markets. Biofuels compete with food and feed (meat production) for scarce resources, cross-integrating the global market. The markets for raw materials, energy and food are increasingly influenced by (geo-) political framework conditions at the international level.

The Session

To elaborate on these issues, the focus of the fourth Vijverberg Session was specifically on the issue of Food. To kick off the discussion, short introductions to the subject were given in a presentation by Mr. Shenggen Fan, Director of Development Strategy and Governance Division at IFPRI, followed by comments from Emeritus Professor Arie Kuyvenhoven from the Wageningen University. After the introduction the chair of the session Gerrit Meester opened the floor for the discussion among the participants around the table. The outcomes of this session, as well as the conclusions and recommendations will result in a report, which will be made available on this website in the coming weeks.



Shenggen Fan, Ensuring Global Food Security, Presentation held at SID Vijverberg Session on Food, The Hague, 22 September 2009

Arie Kuyvenhoven, Food, Fuels and Finance. Some comments, Presentation held at SID Vijverberg Session on Food, The Hague, 22 september 2009

Third Vijverberg Session – Climate Change and Migration

March 3, 2009 at 10:12 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Third Vijverberg Session on Climate Change and Migration

EC Representation in The Netherlands, Korte Vijverberg 5, The Hague, 20 January 2009 – Introduction Paper – Report

Even though the climate change has been widely discussed for a number of years the humanitarian consequences have not been given enough attention. It is very difficult to predict what would be the exact number of people affected but is suggested even at the recent conference in Poznan that  by the middle of this century up to 250 million people may be displaced due to extreme weather conditions.


Despite the many uncertainties, one thing seems to be clear,  due to climate change, the lives of many people will be so much affected that they will have to migrate, either in their own country or to another country. It seems therefore necessary that in current discussions on policies and responses of adaptation, mitigation, technology, financing and a shared vision for a new climate change regime, also people displacement and migration related to climate change should be given sufficient attention.

The Session

On Tuesday, the 20th of January, the third Vijverberg Session on Climate Change and Migration took place at the European Commission Representation in the Netherlands, in the Hague.

A select group of participants from different groups of stakeholders were invited to discuss the problems regarding climate change and forced migration. An expert panel of three speakers enthusiastically shared their views on the issues in short presentations to kick off the discussion. Dr. Frank Laczko from IOM and Vikram Kolmannskog from the Norwegian Refugee Council both shared in their presentations the European angle to the current debate. The mayor of Dar es Salaam, Mr. Adam Kimbisa gave us a southern perspective on the issues. The chair of the session, Mr. Jos van Gennip, afterwards led the discussion  between the different groups of stakeholders .The outcomes of the session, as well as the conclusions and recommendations will result in a report. The report will be made available on our website.



Adam Kimbisa, Climate Change and Migration: Perspective of the Big Cities in Southern Countries, Presentation held at SID Vijverberg Session on Climate Change and Migration, The Hague, 20th January 2009 

Vikram Kolmannskog, Climate Change-related Displacement and the European Response, Paper presented at SID Vijverberg Session on Climate Change and Migration, The Hague, 20th January 2009 


  Further reading

 UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Climate Change, Natural Disasters and Human Displacement: A UNHCR Perspective, 23 October 2008.

Graeme Hugo, Migration, Development and Environment, IOM MRS 35 November 2008

Renaud et al., Control, Adapt or Flee: How to Face Environmental Migration?, InterSecTions, United Nations University, UNU-EHS,  N°5 2007. 

Climate Change and Displacement, Forced Migration Review, 31 October 2008. (thanks to

Committee on Migration, Refugees and Population, Environmentally Induced Migration and Displacement, preliminary draft report.  Rapporteur: Mrs. Acketoft, Sweden, ALDE 2 December 2008.


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SID Vijverberg Sessions – “The European Agenda on International Cooperation; contribution of the Dutch with regard to emerging global scarcities and power shifts”

June 25, 2008 at 8:15 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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First Vijverberg Session on Energy – Rabobank, Korte Vijverberg 2, The Hague, 20 May 2008

Read the full Report of the discussion which took place as a part of the first SID Vijverberg Session focused on the issue of Energy. The session was attended by some 30 participants, experts on the issue of energy from the different stakeholder groups. In order to stimulate the debate and give food for thought the session was open with two presentation, first by Aad van Bohemen, Head Emergency Planning and Operations International Energy Agency and second by Christian Egenhofer, Senior Research Fellow at CEPS. The presentations were folowwed by lively and interesting debate, report of which will soon be posted on this website. The background paper for the session”Two sides of the same coin? Securing European energy supplies with internal and external policies” was prepared by CEPS, SID’s partner in the session on Energy.

The Vijverberg sessions are ‘’fireplace sessions’’ organised by SID Netherlands Chapter and the European programme in cooperation with theme specific partners that bring together a limited number of selected participants to engage in cross sector dialogue, with the aim to critically reflect on – and contribute to – European policies regarding global issues and international relations.As such, the sessions are also meant as a vehicle to actively involve Dutch stakeholders in European policy making, in particular with regard to North-South relations.

Vijverberg sessions are divided in 4 interrelated and interdependent sub-thematic session: energy; food; water; and environment, scarcities and migration.

They are organised by SID Netherlands and SID European Programme in cooperation with a number of theme specific partners and in parallel to SID Netherlands lecture series on “Energy, Water and Food: Global Scarcities and Power Shifts”.

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