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Dutch dialogue: Creating Sustainable Urban Deltas
Museo Leanardo Da vinci, Via San Vittore, 21 Milan, Italy. Room: Cenacolo
September 17th 2015, 14:00-18:00
This year, the World Economic Forum ranked global water crises as the biggest threat that the planet will face over the next decade. Climate change plays a crucial role in the future of water availability and waterrelated disasters such as flooding and droughts. As population growth and urbanization continues, the sustainable development challenges will increasingly be focused on metropolitan areas.
These challenges cannot be addressed in isolation: creating partnerships is the key in developing and implementing successful joint solutions. The Netherlands has an age-old relationship with water and large number of proven real-world solutions have been developed. Furthermore, the inclusive and cross-fertilizing approach and the focus on sharing knowledge and eperiences makes the Netherlands a trustworthy, responsible and reliable partner in working together towards safe and sustainable urban deltas.
The Netherlands has worked together in substantial number of partnerships to develop sustainable integrated solutions worldwide. At this years ‘World Expo in Milan the Dutch Province of Zuid-Holland presents the ‘Dutch Dialogues: Creating Sustainable Urban Deltas’ during the Water Innovation Day at September 17. Transformational and future-oriented cases from Zuid-Holland will be presented. Opportunities for creating new international partnerships will be central to the dialogues.
The event will be facilitated by Henk Ovink, special envoy for international water affairs for the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Rik Janssen, provincial executive council of the province of Zuid-Holland, will welcome the honoured guests on behalf of the province of Zuid-Holland.
Specific cases from the Sustainable Urban Delta will be pitched. After the pitches, the guests will join thematic round tables that are building upon the pitches. The first round will focus on ‘setting the scene’ and assess the knowledge and expertise that is available among the participants. In the second round, the local implementation and the upscaling of smart innovations in cooperation with international partners will be explored. Three central questions will be discussed:
– What are the pre-conditions for developing a successful international partnership?
– How can partnerships create an enabling environment for the creation and implementation of water innovations?
– How can partners work together to create value upon their individual products and services?
Each table will consist of stakeholders within the ‘Triple Helix’: businesses, government and research organisations. Henk Ovink will proactively engage with the different round tables during the whole day. Within the program, participants will have the opportunity to meet with promising start-ups from the valorisation program delta technology & water.
On behalf of the province of Zuid-Holland, the Netherlands Water Partnership organises the Dutch Dialogue ‘Creating Sustainable Urban Deltas’ in cooperation with several partners. For more information please contact Edyta Wisniewska, Water & Urban. firstname.lastname@example.org
facilitated by Henk Ovink, Special Envoy for International Water Affairs at Kingdom of the Netherlands
14:00 Registration and coffee
Rik Janssen, Provincial Executive Council of the Province of Zuid-Holland
14:30 Opening session
14:45 Pitches from the Sustainable Delta
15:15 International Partnership – Round Tables Part 1
15:45 Short break
16:00 International Partnership – Round Tables Part 2
16:30 Reflection and Conclusions from Round Table Sessions
17:00 Closing Session
Rik Janssen, Provincial Executive Council of the Province of Zuid-Holland
17:15 Photo Ceremony
17:20 Celebration Drinks
18:00 Transfer to the Expo terrain
19:00 Networking Reception in ‘De Kas’, Dutch Pavilion at the World Expo
Dutch Dialogue Right to Food
Responding to complex demands: An agenda for a reorientation on the Right to Food A project by The Hague Institute for Global Justice and the city of The Hague One-page project summary | 6 July 2015
On September 24 2015, the Municipality of The Hague and The Hague Institute will convene a high-level seminar at the Milan Expo to establish forward-leaning perspectives on the Right to Food.
Efforts to reduce the number of people suffering from chronic undernourishment are paying off, but figures remain high. Significant challenges remain to secure the availability, access, utilization, and stability. The Right to Food (RtF) is an important instrument in achieving food security.
An effective implementation of the RtF depends on the following policy components (De Schutter, 2012):
* A high level of accountability
* Effective horizontal and vertical coordination
* Meaningful participation
* Effective monitoring of emerging threats to the realization of the RtF
However, several emerging threats hinder the effective implementation of the RtF. For example:
* Climate change further increases the pressure on existing resources, which undermines livelihoods, especially those dependent on agriculture and fishing;
* Non-state actors, who play a role both through providing food to the undernourished and in curtailing access to food as a weapon of war;
* Trade agreements provide countries access to international markets, which allows for flexible responses to domestic demand and supply, but these markets also expose countries to new vulnerabilities
Then how to effectively respond to the emerging threats and how to incorporate these strategies in the Right to Food framework?
The Hague Institute and the Municipality of The Hague are strongly committed to identify and address the challenges that hinder the robust implementation of the Right to Food. We are convinced that by connecting policy to practice we are well-positioned to arrive at innovative and practical recommendations that will strengthen the ongoing efforts and deliver better results.
Based on above outline of challenges, the pivotal question is therefore: Which adjustments to the Right to Food framework are needed to successfully respond to these challenges?
Specific questions that will be addressed are:
How can international fact-finders and courts prevent, deter and provide justice to victims of starvation?
How can food security become a source of cooperation rather than conflict?
What more can the international community do to come up with a joint response?
How can seed rights strengthen the Right to Food?
An interactive videowall will show animations and visions from distinguished speakers, with the aim of raising awareness during and after the Expo about the Right to Food.
During the event, high-level presentations, breakout groups and crowd sourcing will be used to establish a strong agenda for future work.
Symposium Jeremy Rifkin
When: September 25, 2015
Time: 07:00 PM
Location: Museo Nazionale Scienza e Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci
The Metropolitan Region Rotterdam – The Hague is an economically strong concentration of internationally relevant clusters in the top sectors logistics food- clean technology chemical manufacturing and the knowledge economy, with a large share of high technology. The region is responsible for 25 percent of Dutch exports, and has its own business airport and the smartest seaport in the world.
Our region is constantly changing. The economy requires sustainable transition into biobased processing and circular operations. Companies in our region are at the forefront of this transition. The world of ships, containers and hard workers is becoming a world of digital communication, data, chips and sensors. The gateway to Europe, according to economist Jeremy Rifkin, is a testing garden of people, data and ‘the internet of things’. During this symposium, he will discuss to the consequences of this third industrial revolution and its significance for our country.
You will be offered an inspiring program with prominent speakers. The final program will follow soon.
Smart fresh food solutions
When: 25 september 2015 Locations: World Expo Milan, Dutch Pavilion and Museo Nazionale Scienza e Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci (Via San Vittore 21) Time: 12:00 PM
The World Expo is organised once every five years and attracts over 20 million visitors. This year it is being held in Milan from 1 May – 31 October 2015. The theme of this World Expo is:
‘Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life’
With 150 participating countries, the World Expo is the biggest global event focusing on the sector in which the Netherlands – and in particular the South Holland region – is a leading player. Because, if all the agricultural and horticultural acreage worldwide was as productive as that of the Netherlands, the world would produce at least three times as much food, using a fraction of the amount of water, energy and pesticides. We know how to apply this technology in all climate conditions, from the desert to the Arctic Circle. With our logistic capacity, we can attract food flows from all over the world and use multimodal transport to distribute it daily all over Europe and beyond. This means that the Netherlands, and in particular the horticultural sector, will play a crucial role in feeding 9 billion mouths in 2030. On 25 September, this story will be told to the world in the seminar ‘Smart Fresh Food Solutions’.
On this date, the theme of the Dutch Pavilion programme is all about the Next Economy. The Municipality of Rotterdam, the Province of South Holland, Best Fresh Group, Koppert Biological Systems, Koppert Cress, Priva, Rijk Zwaan, Certhon, Smiemans Projecten, GroentenFruitHuis and the Rabobank warmly invite you attend!
You are invited to take advantage of priority registration and guarantee your seat. You will not only be able to attend the seminar and receive a ticket for the World Expo. You will also be invited for a meal in Milan city centre, followed by a symposium about the Next Economy with Jeremy Rifkin and Maarten Hajer.
* From 12.00 hrs, you are welcome to join us for lunch at the Dutch Pavilion and we would advise you to visit Pavilion Zero for insight into global food issues.
* At 13.00 hrs, the Smart Fresh Food Solutions seminar will begin. The seminar features speakers like Sjaak van der Tak, Jaap Smit, Maarten Struijvenberg and Tjerk Gorter who will talk to you about the solutions offered by the fresh sector for the global food problem.
In the evening, the Municipality of Rotterdam invites you for a meal in Milan city centre. This will be followed by a symposium about the Next Economy in the Museo Nazionale Scienza e Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci during Italy’s day of science. Speakers will include Jeremy Rifkin and Maarten Hajer.
The number of participants in this programme is limited, so the first come, first served principle will be applied. You can make your interest in this event known at Rotterdam@wem2015.nl.
More information about the South Holland Region programme at the World Expo in Milan is available at WEM2015.nl.
Dutch Dialogue Rabobank
Rabobank, is a Global leading Food & Agri bank. For this reason we are proud to host the Dutch Dialoque for our invited clients during the World Expo Milano on 15 October 2015, with the theme “Building a smarter food system”.
A smarter food system is more productive, less wasteful, and more profitable. It is more efficient in using resources to deliver the food consumers need, making it more sustainable. Efficiency gains are needed on-farm and along supply chains, where we need to optimise our use of resources in producing food, reducing wastes and moving food from farm to fork.
Sounds too good to be true? It shouldn’t, because a smarter food system is within our grasp. It depends on four elements: new technologies, new management practices, new data flows, and new linkages along supply chains.
During the event Rabobank focuses on the importance of these four elements —technology, management practices, data flows and supply chain linkages — overall in creating a stable and sustainable food system, and specifically on-farm, along the supply chain and with consumers. How can this be reached with a fast moving and changing economy? Rabobank will discuss the opportunities.
During an interactive stage program inspiring speakers will focus on how each of these elements can and is being used to build a smarter food system. The plenary session will be followed by in-debt round table discussions.
Rabobank is offering her attending clients a program which will give food for thought and a clear focus on the value of having a better and smarter food system and how this can be reached.