HIA Denmark Hosts Seminars on the EU, Human Rights and the Environment

December 07, 2011

Humanity in Denmark is pleased to announce two seminars focusing on human rights and the role of the European Union.

  • The Global Role of the EU from a Human Rights Perspective (13 December)
  • Climate Change and Human Rights from an EU Perspective (15 December)

Both seminars will take place from 5pm to 7pm (kl.17-19) at the Danish Institute for International Studies, Strandgade 71, 1401 Kbh. K. These seminars are free and open to the public.

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The Global Role of the EU from a Human Rights Perspective

This seminar will examine the role of the European Union in fostering democratic transitions in the Middle East and North Africa. It will also explore how Denmark can provide leadership on this issue through its upcoming EU presidency. 

Furthermore, panelists will consider how the EU can increase its role in international politics, especially in the promotion of democracy and human rights, during a time in which the EU is preoccupied with the financial crisis.

Panelists will include:

  • Marc Schade-Poulsen, Executive Director of the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network
  • Anthony Dworkin, Senior Policy Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations
  • Poul Nielson, former minister for development aid, EU-commissioner for development aid, member of the Council of Europe and chairman of the Danish European Movement (Europabevægelsen)
  • Peter Seeberg, lector of Middle Eastern Studies, Syddansk University

This seminar is supported by the Board for the Advancement of Debate and Enlightenment Regarding Europe.

Climate Change and Human Rights from an EU Perspective

The background for the seminar is the COP17 climate meeting in Durban, South Africa. Experts increasingly emphasize the connection between climate and human rights—a connection that has been recognized by the United Nations and has been discussed during recent COP meetings, although without concrete results.

Thus, this seminar will examine the European Union’s strategy for linking climate and human rights and explore how the EU responds to violations of rights caused by climate change.

The key questions at this seminar will be:

  • What concrete political initiatives from Brussels make it clear that the EU will advocate for human rights in the context of climate change?
  • How can the EU help protect the rights of victims of climate change?

Panelists will include:

  • Tove Ryding, Global Deal Coordinator, Greenpeace International
  • Kim Carstensen, former Secretary General of WWF Denmark and leader of WWF International’s Global Climate Initiative
  • Stephen Humphreys, Research Director of International Council on Human Rights Policy
  • Eva Maria Lassen, Research Director at the Danish Institute for Human Rights

This seminar is open to the public and the press. It is supported by the Board for the Advancement of Debate and Enlightenment Regarding Europe.

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