Category: happenings

This list contains organised events in the context of the work with civil society

The Politics of Hypothesis – on the need for reflexivity at the science-policy interface.

This presentation is a contribution to the 18th Global Development Conference “Science, Technology and Innovation for Development”, 22 – 23 March 2018, New Delhi, India. The presentation will soon be available here.  

Statement on post-accident social justice in Fukushima

This statement was my contribution to the Public Seminar ‘Understanding and communicating risks post-Fukushima’ at the United Nations University in Tokyo on Friday 13 November 2015   Risk communication with respect to the current environmental radiation conditions in Fukushima has to take into account that there are scientific discussions going

Statement of the Research and Independent Non-governmental Organisations at the Paris Pre-COP meeting

On Sunday 8 November 2015, I delivered a statement on behalf of the Research and Independent Non-governmental Organisations to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The statement is a joint piece of work done by the RINGO steering committee. The meeting was organised by the French COP21

A Dialogue on Foundational Values and Principles for the Sustainable Development Goals, UN DPI/NGO Conference, United Nations, New York

A dialogue on foundational values and principles for the sustainable development goals: learning from the peoples sustainability treaties. This workshop is organised as part of the 65th Annual UN DPI/NGO Conference taking place at the United Nations Headquarters, New York. Scope The workshop will be organised as a dialogue on

Are there workable normative worldviews for global governance?

This paper Are there workable normative worldviews for global governance – gaston Meskens was a contribution to the U4 Conference “Global Studies: Critical and Interdisciplinary Perspectives” organised by the Ghent Centre for Global Studies on 28 June 2014. from the conference website: Global Studies is an inherently transnational and interdisciplinary field

A statement on Supporting a Stand-alone Goal on Equality towards the United Nations Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals

A message from Deborah Rogers, President, IfE (Initiative for Equality). We urgently need your organization’s signature on a joint civil society statement to the UN, urging them not to delete the goal on equality from the new Sustainable Development Goals that are being drafted. As you may know, after the

Workshop – Converging on a peoples transformative agenda for sustainable development, Ramapo College, NJ, US

Background While the nations of the world tussled with the official documents and the statements and proclamations at the Rio+20 Summit, a vigorous Peoples’ Sustainability Treaties movement had begun to take shape—presenting an alternative, grass-roots view of what people think sustainable development might look like. The Peoples’ Sustainability Treaties (PST)

Conversation at the World Social Forum 2013 in Tunis – ‘The human rights principle for sustainable development governance’

A conversation on The human rights principle for sustainable development governance when: World Social Forum 2013, 27 March 2013, 13h00 – 15h30 where: Room TD4 at the University Campus El Manar, Tunis. See the event flyer here. Visit the official website of the World Social Forum here. […] What if

Introducing: Philosophical Activism

What is philosophical activism? What makes philosophy philosophical activism and how does it relate to the general notion of philosophy? If the ‘love of wisdom’ motivates, as it is said, a critical systematic approach and a reliance on rational argument, under what conditions is this critical stance to be considered

When poetry becomes suspicious – On the need for philosophical activism for global governance

[Lecture done during the Philosophical Activism workshop on the 15th of February 2013 in Ghent, Belgium] Summary Activists react against dominant political, economic or social power structures they perceive unfair. They do so by denouncing, subverting, sabotaging or damaging public emergences or institutional representations of these power structures or, in

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