The Institute for European Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, in cooperation with the Institute for European Environmental Policy, kindly invites you to attend the upcoming policy forum on 20 January with:

Frank Biermann, professor of political science and of environmental policy sciences at the VU University Amsterdam and chair of the Earth System Governance Project

Chris Vanden Bilcke, United Nations Environment Programme, Brussels Liaison Office to the EU

– Hugo Schally, Head of Unit “Multilateral Environmental Agreements, Processes and Trade Issues”, European Commission, DG Environment

Sebastian Oberthür, Academic Director of the Institute for European Studies (Chair)

Rio+20, or the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD), which will be held from 20 to 22 June 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, marks the 20th anniversary of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). Taking place at the highest political level, including heads of state and government, the Rio+20 Conference aims at securing renewed political commitment for sustainable development and is set to focus on the ‘green economy’ and the institutional framework for sustainable development.

As the world is drawing closer to the Rio+20 Conference, this IES/IEEP Environmental Policy Forum will focus on discussing the need for and prospect of reforming the institutional framework for sustainable development. In particular, it will serve to present and discuss proposals made in the “Rio+20 Policy Brief: Transforming Governance and Institutions for a Planet under Pressure” prepared by the Earth System Governance Project, a core project of the International Human Dimensions Programme (IHDP). On the basis of this Policy Brief to be launched at the Policy Forum to the Brussels community, the event is designed to advance the debate on the institutional framework for sustainable development in preparation for the Rio+20 Summit later in 2012. It will specifically discuss the appropriateness and feasibility of a range of options for institutional reform.

Registration & Venue 

Participation is free of charge and open to all but, due to space limitations, registration is required. To register, please send an e-mail to

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


Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Campus Etterbeek
Auditorium Q
Pleinlaan 2
1050 Brussels