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Women in Europe for a Common Future celebrates 15th anniversary

HEAL member, Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF) celebrates its 15 year anniversary with a conference on "Innovation for sustainability; the crisis as opportunity". The conference will take place in The Hague on June 10, 2009.

Experts in the fields of economics, politics, science and technology will clarify the major issues about the fundamental causes of the current economic crisis and how this may create an opportunity for a more sustainable world.. The emphasis of the debate will be on stimulating discussion on the initiatives been taken by women and men in the field of innovation. The panelists will present examples from the Netherlands and from WECF partner organisations in Western and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, and Central Asia.

The Afternoon debate will address the following questions: How can initiatives taken by pioneers at the local level be translated to the national and international level. How will they lead to increased sustainability in the fields of energy and water, agriculture and consumer products?

Financial representatives will suggest how greater investment can support and stimulate local economies and initiatives. Government representatives and politicians will address how barriers can be removed and people can be stimulated. Special attention will be given to the role of women in their participation in sustainable innovation.

The keynote speech will be given by Professor Noreena Hertz, the well known economist and author, from the University of Cambridge, who is visiting Professor at Erasmus University of Rotterdam. She will present a critical analysis of the roots of the current economic crisis, and ways out towards a sustainable economy.

The Netherlands Minister of Environment Jacqueline Cramer will present her vision on how innovation can create a sustainable economy. Minister Bert Koenders of Development Cooperation has been invited to give his views on the theme of the day. Andy Schroeter, Director of Sunlabob, winner of the Sasakawa sustainability award (UNEP) will tell us how even the poorest can afford light from solar energy.

Looking Back and Looking Forward: Farewell to the first president and founder Marie Kranendonk and introducing the new President Christine van Weiszaecker. The closure of the WECF anniversary will be dedicated to the work of WECF founder and president of many years, Mrs Marie Kranendonk, who has been the driving force behind the international network the past 15 years.

Please register before June 5 -

The final program of the day can be found on the WECF website.

No fees are charged for this conference, but contributions to WECF project and advocacy work are welcomed - donate online here->]

Or call Annemarie Hekkers, WECF Utrecht: +31.302310300 Or fax: +31.302310878

Originally posted on 21 June 2011

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