“Learning to Change for Sustainability” workshop
The Office of the Hungarian Parliamentary Commissioner for Future Generations has organized the workshop “Learning to Change for Sustainability” on 19 October 2011 together with the Education for Sustainability Roundtable of the Sustainable Development Committee of the Hungarian Parliament, the Corvinus University and the Commission on Education and Communication of IUCN.
The representative of the Office of the Hungarian Parliamentary Commissioner for Future Generations was invited to the European ECO Forum in Astana
Representatives of 70 international, European and national environmental citizens organizations (ECOs) from 30 countries met under the auspices of the European ECO Forum in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, on 20-21 September 2011. They gathered to formulate their demands and recommendations in a report called Astana Declaration to the governments at the 7th UN-ECE European Environmental Ministers Conference, “Environment for Europe” (EfE), taking place in Astana, on 21-23 September 2011. On behalf of our office, Mr. János Zlinszky, Head of Strategy and Research Department participated at the Forum.
The Hungarian Parliamentary Commissioner for Future Generations was invited by the European Commission to be a speaker of the session “Monitoring our impact on the environment: the role of Ombudsmen” in the Green Week conference, the biggest annual conference on European environment policy
The 11th edition of Green Week will take place from 24 to 27 May 2011 in Brussels. This year's theme is "Resource Efficiency - Using less, living better". Last year the conference attracted over 3400 experts from all over the world. There were attendees from government, business and industry, non-governmental organisations, academia and the media. The session “Monitoring our impact on the environment: the role of Ombudsmen” will be held on Wednesday, the 25th of May from 16.30 to 18.00. The Hungarian Commissioner’s presentation will reintroduce the functions of the Ombudsman’s office and will highlight the results, key challenges and problems of the last years.
International Conference on the Environmental Provisions of the New Hungarian Constitution
The Office of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Future Generations held a two-days’ conference on 14-15 February 2011 with prominent Canadian, American, British, Belgian, French, German and Hungarian scholars on the inclusion of provisions concerning the healthy environment and the rights of future generations (hereinafter environmental rights) in the new Hungarian Constitution.
Conferences related to the “Pioneers of Sustainability” project
The “Pioneers of Sustainability” project was launched in 2008 with the objectives to present the community initiatives committed to sustainable development in a complex – environmental, economical, and social – sense.
Cafe seminar with Göran Carstedt on the Future of Education and Business
Learning Organisations for Sustainability has organized a seminar with the key speaker Göran Carstedt in the Office of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Future Generations on the 11th of November. The event was hosted by Katalin Czippan, deputy head of the Department for Strategy and Development.
Conference on the ecological services of the Danube
The Office of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Future Generations organized a conference on the 20th of October, 2010 on the ecological services of the Danube to promote the UN initiative of the International Year of Biodiversity. At the conference the representatives of different professional sectors systematically reviewed the ecosystem-services provided by the river, the goods of wildlife and habitats (clean water, building material, navigation route, place of excursion, flood plain vegetation, food etc.), which are used by humans directly or indirectly in their lifetime and therefore the condition of these goods does determine people’s quality of life. Building on these conference presentations, our office prepared a draft statement on the conservation of ecological services and usufructuary possibilities.
Conference on protection against noise
Based on the lessons of individual cases, our office has launched a comprehensive examination in order to be able to formulate guidelines for the legal practice and legislative proposals for the revision of the regulation. In the framework of the examination we carried out thematic consultations with several environmental inspectorates, the chief inspectorate and the ministry. Our aim was to get to know and to process the good practices developed during the course of public administration procedures and the major problems of legal practice emerged in the procedures of environmental authorities. To discuss the issues of protection against noise in a broad professional circle, we organized a conference on the 6th of October, 2010 with the participation of the authorities, municipalities and professional organizations. We have summarized the result of our comprehensive examination in a draft statement outlining our proposals concerning the reform of the regulation of protection against noise. The draft was circulated in a broad circle for harmonization in order to guarantee to the maximum extent the sound professional foundations of the complex legislative proposal which is to be submitted finally to the government.
„Nature, Innovation, Profit and Sustainability” - Workshop with professor Gunter Pauli
The Office of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Future Generations organsied a workshop with professor Gunter Pauli, economist, member of the Club of Rome and the World Academy of Art and Science.