Monday, 20 February 2017

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Olivier De SchutterProf. Dr. Olivier De Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food speaks in two events on 10 and 11 May in Brussels and Leuven respectively:

10 May : Lecture on the future of our food production
Unrest and turmoil is once again spreading around the world, as the revolutions in the Middle East and other places show. One of the primary causes is the rapidly rising price of staple foods. How did this come to be, and what’s in store for a planet with an ever increasing population?

Olivier De Schutter will talk about ways in which a sustainable future can be achieved for producers and consumers alike in a globalized 21st century. As a huge disenfranchised population in third world countries is forced to move to the many slums in emerging mega-cities around the world, he challenges us to think about ways to provide a sustainable income and maintenance for these people.

As a Harvard graduate now resident in Belgium, he was appointed UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food by the Human Rights Council in March 2008. He specializes in international human rights law, EU law and legal theory at the UCL in Brussels.
This event takes place in the context of a larger festival focusing on the future sustainability and capacity of our planet. For more information on this 'What Future For 7 Billion People' Festival?', check out the UCOS website below.

Organised by: VVN-Youth Brussels & UCOS (Universitair Centrum voor Ontwikkelingssamenwerking at VUB university)
Where: VUB - Aula QB - Pleinlaan 2, 1050 Brussels
Date: 10th of May - 19h30
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11 May : Seminar ‘How the right to food can serve to combat Global Hunger’
Organised by the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies
Where: Leuven, Tiensestraat 41, Faculty of Law – Large Meeting Room
Register before 9th of May at:
Date: 11 May 12.00 - 14.00
Chaired by Prof. Dr. Jan Wouters

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