Congress programme

This program is a working draft and will be updated regularly with more session details.

 

Time

 

Plenary Session

 

Parallel Sessions

 

09:00 - 10:30

Room 3B 
Convenor: Evelyne Huytebroeck, EGP Committee Member

A meeting for all local councillors.

Room 4A 
Convenor: Frank Habineza, President of the African Greens Federation

A Governance meeting for the African Green Federation.

Room 4B 
Convenor: Liaquat Ali Shaikh, Co-Convenor of the Asia Pacific Greens Federation

A strategic planning meeting for the Asia Pacific Greens Federation.

Room 11A 
Convenors: Patricia Maldonado, Fabiano Carnevale, Carlos Ramón González, Federación de Partidos Verdes de las Américas Delegates to the GGC 

A meeting of the Federación de Partidos Verdes de las Américas (FPVA).

Room 12



Room 13 

Speakers:

The aim of traditional policy has been to achieve a growth of Gross Domestic Product rather than to prioritise environmental and social values. This basic problem has been recognised by many organisations and since the 1970s a number of very good proposals have been made to amend the situation by using alternative measures such as GPI, Genuine Progress Indicator, SEEA, System of Environmental-Economic Accounts, HPI, Happy Planet Index, Better Life Index (OECD) and several others. 

So, why has almost nothing happened in practical politics and why is the world is still in the hands of GDP growth? It is an extremely important task to work for a change of this situation. Therefore we aim that the outcome of this session results in the creation of a resolution for the Global Greens on GPI.

10:30 - 11:00

    Coffee and Tea
 Lower level & exhibition space

11:00 - 12:30

Room 3B 
Convenor: Evelyne Huytebroeck, EGP Committee Member

A meeting for all local councillors.

Room 4A 
Convenor: Frank Habineza, President of the African Greens Federation

A Governance meeting for the African Green Federation.

Room 4B 
Convenor: Liaquat Ali Shaikh, Co-Convenor of the Asia Pacific Greens Federation

A strategic planning meeting for the Asia Pacific Greens Federation.

Room 11A 
Convenors: Patricia Maldonado, Fabiano Carnevale, Carlos Ramón González, Federación de Partidos Verdes de las Américas Delegates to the GGC 

A meeting of the Federación de Partidos Verdes de las Américas (FPVA).

Room 12 

Moderator: Oras Tynkkynen 

This year’s COP 23 will take place under the Presidency of the Republic of Fiji in Bonn from 6 to 17 November. We as Greens have always played an active role in COP negotiations, be it as part of Governments or as an observer, trying to influence the outcome of the Conferences. COP 23 is supposed to be a big step towards the landmark of 2018, when the details of implementation of the Paris Climate agreement are supposed to be decided and the countries are supposed to commit to a raise of their ambition in reducing emissions. But COP 23 is also the first COP with a US President called Donald Trump and a Secretary of State called Rex Tillerson, the former Exxon Mobile CEO.
 
So, what is at stake at this year’s COP and how can we as Greens contribute to making it a success? How can the Greens counteract anti-science messages by the US and others, what should they push for and how? In this session, we will speak about the content of COP 23’s negotiations, but even more important talk about the political and strategic challenges for us as Greens. We will also discuss the very practical side on how we can ensure a transnational Green effort before and during the Conference – together with the Greens in Bonn who will report about the on-site preparations and the collaboration with civil society and the city.

12:30 - 14:00
   Lunch

 Lower level & exhibition space

14:00 - 16:00

 Auditorium

Welcome from the Congress Hosts: Global Greens (GG), European Green Party (EGP) and Green Party of England and Wales (GPEW).

Opening Keynotes: The politics of hope: Challenges for the Greens in a globalized world

Green parties emerging around the globe 45 years ago, and the world has dramatically changed since then. We now stand at the threshold of the anthropocene, a new era in which human activity is altering the earth’s ecosystems in profound ways. We now face increasingly rapid changes in our environmental, social, economic and political contexts from the domestic to the global levels. Challenges like climate change, widespread economic inequality, movement of capital and people, loss of forests and biodiversity, and changing threats to global security and democracy are all reshaping our way of doing politics. The speakers in this session will reflect on solutions proposed by Greens to the multiplicity of changes, challenges and opportunities we face today.

16:00 - 16:30

    Coffee and Tea
 Lower level & exhibition space

16:30 - 17:00

 Auditorium 

An overview of our objectives for the next 3 days, including the congress declaration, resolutions and experience.

17:00 - 19:00

19:00
   Dinner

 Lower level & exhibition space

Time

 

Plenary Session

 

Parallel Sessions

 

09:00 - 10:30

 Auditorium

Greens can treat global warming as the challenge that unites the world. Every political party, member and supporter has a role to play. The Paris Agreement is a good foundation, and its momentum has to be sustained and hugely expanded. The effort has to be global and local, we will need to learn how to work together effectively and to share resources.  The Speaker panel will address the questions:

  • What climate action works and what doesn't?
  • How do we engage and energise people, democracy, and overcome people’s disengagement from politics?
  • How do we coordinate across parties, languages, timelines and cultures?
  • What are our local and global imperatives, impediments and opportunities for collaboration?

Discussion: How should Greens work across countries, regions and globally to give us the best chance of getting to 1.5 degrees in a socially just way and with forests and nature protected? Read more

10:30 - 11:00

    Coffee and Tea
 Lower level & exhibition space

11:00 - 12:30
 Global Greens Plenary

Auditorium Convenor: Margaret Blakers, Convenor of the Global Greens



Room 3B

Moderator:

Speakers:

  • Richard Di Natale, Senator and Green Party Leader (Australia)
  • Marie Toussaint, European Affairs for Europe Ecologie Les Verts (France)
  • Josef Šmída, International Team Strana Zelených (Czech Republic)
  • David Raby, Green Party Councillor for Town Close ward in Norwish (UK)
  • Dr. Bahar Baser, Research Fellow, Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University (UK)

What is the nature and depth of the threat we now face from the cults of Trump, Erdogan and Putin and growing right-wing "populism" around the world?  Is nuclear war more likely?  Can the (limited) progress made at the Paris Climate Conference be preserved or are we now headed full-speed towards the edge of the cliff?  Is all of the social progress made in the last 30 years (or more) on issues such as racism, sexism, anti-gay discrimination about to be thrown out the window?  Is liberal democracy doomed?

This session will look at these questions from the perspective of Green Party members and others from key countries around the world and will discuss what actions we can take that might most effectively fight against these trends.

Room 9

Moderator:

Speaker:

  • Pierre Seine (France)

About eight years ago the five green party archives in Europe co-operate to collect public and private files, party documents and audio-visual materials of the Green parties in Austria, Belgium (Wallonia), France, Germany and Italy. Since then they have formed the International Ecology Archives Network, that is more than solely a network of party archives. 
The goal of the session is threefold, first to introduce these five archives to the Green public, second to explain what Green archivists are really doing with documents and folders included recent developments in the field of digitalization, and third to present a common oral history project on Green party history.

 

12:30 - 14:00
   Lunch

 Lower level & exhibition space

14:00 - 14:30

14:30 - 16:00
 European Green Party Plenary

Auditorium





Room 1B

Moderator:

  • Dr. Rebecca Johnson, Spokesperson for Security, Peace and Defence, GPEW (UK)

Speakers:

Nonviolence is one of the principles of the Global Greens Charter where it states that security should not rest mainly on military strength but on cooperation, sound economic and social development, environmental safety, and respect for human rights.  This requires removing the causes of war by understanding and respecting other cultures, eradicating racism and extremist ideologies, promoting
freedom and democracy, ending global poverty and injustice, as well as pursuing disarmament and detente in accordance with threat estimations.

The workshop will discuss the global devastations of structural poverty, climate change, refuge, and the carnage caused by wars and armed conflicts.  The role of the international community and principles for intervention will be examined as well as alternative measures to avoid militarization and wars, mitigate the consequences and build sustainable peace. 



Room 4B









Room 3A + B



16:00 - 16:30
    Coffee and Tea
 Lower level & exhibition space

16:30 - 18:00





Room 4B



Room 12



Room 13







18:00 - 18:30
    Coffee and Tea
 Lower level & exhibition space

18:30 - 20:00
 Global Greens Plenary

Auditorium 











Room 10

Moderator:

E-learning has the potential to become a powerful tool in promoting Green ideas: it can respond to the knowledge and skills needs of Green activists, campaigners and politicians across the globe.  

During this workshop, we will share the experience of Green organisations who have developed e-learning programmes. Furthermore, the event will provide an interactive space for exploring ways in which green organisations and parties can make use of new (online) technologies in order to advance their capacity-building activities.

For more information, contact Ioana.banach@gef.eu







Room 9

Moderator:

  • Timur Delahaye

With over 230 millions people living outside of their country of upbringing, expats are becoming a community increasingly active politically with some countries granting them special rights and new forms of representation. Organising your national expats is not only a way not to lose contact with your members going abroad for a given time, it is also an efficient way to strengthen your contacts with other Green parties and to be better informed about what is happening outside your country.

With over one hundred active members, a dozen "consular councillors", and even one member of the French Parliament, the "French Greens Abroad" are an increasingly important part of the French Green party. The French Green expats would be happy to share their experience with other green parties and
help them to organise their expats. During this session, the French Green Expats would make a presentation about how to organise green expats around the world, involve them in national politics and use them as contacts between green parties.



Room 11B

Moderator:

  • Andrew Cooper, GPEW Energy Spokesperson

Speakers: 

The world remains divided over fracking. The experience of the US as highlighted by the award winning documentaries of Josh Fox with Gaslands, has shown the industry for what it can be – dangerous and deceitful – clinging onto fossil fuels despite the urgency of tackling climate change, damaging people’s health and land, corrupting democratic systems. With an outright ban in France and moratoriums in Scotland, Germany, many US states, greater international collaboration is needed to understand the industry and the future of our energy transitions. Across the world, from Algeria, to South Africa and Australia, citizens are facing the same challenges and are reclaiming their democratic rights and demanding accountability over the energy sector.

This panel will discuss these difficult questions but also look at some of the solutions which have been provided at local level, where community energy is bringing back local democracy and cleaner energy production.









19:15
   Dinner

 Lower level & exhibition space

 

Time

 

Plenary Session

 

Parallel Sessions

 

09:00 - 10:30

Auditorium 

How can we promote democracy locally, regionally and internationally?  Green Parties are diverse yet share the same core values.  These can be summarised as ecological sustainability, social justice, non-violence and participatory democracy.  Generally Greens believe in promoting popular democracy, involving citizens in greater participation than just voting every four or five years.  Examples include the European Green Party’s 2015 European wide primary to select their leading candidate for the European elections. Participatory budgets are another example.  

Frustration amongst voters worldwide reflects the need for real participation and deeper democracy to give citizens a real say.  The evolution of internet-based tools makes the practice of greater online participation possible.  A number of theorists have worked on developing new forms of deep democracy.  Elinor Ostrom, the Nobel Prize winning economist has argued that deep democratic participation is vital to solving ecological problems and making peace.  For Ostrom the democracy pillar of green politics is essential to achieving the other three demands.

Questions for discussion:

  • What does this mean in practice for Greens in local, regional and national government?  
  • How can participation become real rather than just token?
  • Do democratic experiments such as the green primary or confederalism work?  
  • Do referendums and direct democracy actually aid right wing populism, such as in the case of the recent UK vote to leave the EU?
  • How can Greens counter the threats to even minimal democratic rights of civic engagement in an increasing number of authoritarian regimes?
  • How can Greens contribute to the development of trans-national democracy?
  • How can Greens improve democratic institutions to address the challenges of climate change?

10:30 - 11:00
    Coffee and Tea
 Lower level & exhibition space

11:00 - 12:30
 Global Greens Plenary

Auditorium  Convenor: Margaret Blakers

A special plenary on oceans.  What happens in, on and under them? Who is responsible and what is the Greens’ role?  

Topics of discussion includes borders, security, exploitation, governance, fisheries, the arctic, and more!



Room 1B

Moderators:

Speakers:

Greens believe we need to move away from the industrialised and intensive farming systems that dominate the agriculture sector today. Livestock production accounts for 14.5% of human-induced greenhouse gas emissions globally and even greater percentages of potent emissions, such as methane (35-40%) and nitrous oxide (65%). Today’s farm animal sector is a major consumer of scarce water and protein-rich grains which could be used to feed humans. Furthermore, animal welfare standards are often very poor, including during the transport of animals to the abattoir. In the European Union alone, 8 billion land animals are slaughtered on an annual basis. Increasing the current level of meat consumption is likely to exacerbate these problems as well as counteract efforts to tackle diet-related diseases such as obesity and type-2 diabetes. The biotech industry and some governments are promoting genetically modified organisms as a solution to address the global challenge of food insecurity and population growth, despite huge concerns about public health risks, the contamination of other plants and biodiversity loss connected to GMOs. Further, a misplaced focus on increasing production fails to recognise that one of the key causes of food insecurity is in fact food wastage, with the World Food Programme estimating that one third of all food produced is never consumed.
 
We believe that we need a good agriculture and food policy that includes the right of the poor to feed themselves; that supports our commitment to tackling climate change, that reflects the sustainability and diversity of European and global food cultures and that shares responsibilities between farmers, fishers and consumers for fair prices and fair trade. Through this session we want to provoke public debate and action on these issues as well as showcase best practice examples that aim to promote a healthy diet, reduce food transport and preserve the natural environment.

 













Room 13









12:30 - 14:00
   Lunch

 Lower level & exhibition space

14:00 - 15:30
 European Green Party Plenary

Auditorium







Room 4B

Moderator:

  • Tim Hollo, Executive Director The Green Institute (Australia)

Speakers: 

This 90 minute skill-share session will introduce Common Cause, an evidence-based framework for understanding how values underpin our attitudes and behaviours, and train attendees in how to work with values to stimulate environmentally and socially responsible behaviours, from recycling to volunteering to voting Green.

The workshop will help attendees identify values and learn how to appeal to values which support our goals. It will propose that Greens around the world adopt the Common Cause framework and roll out training to MPs, candidates, campaigners and volunteers.



Room 5

Moderator: 

Extensive global research from different scientific fields reveals how in the modern capitalist world, humans are adversely affecting the health and wellbeing of, and sustainability for people and other creatures and the environment upon which we are dependent. UNESCO’s international research (2013) calls for urgent social change for eco-sustainability and human well being.

To effectively address the root cause, which is dysfunctional human behaviour that has been normalized in this modern commercialized era, people, communities and societies need to be motivated and enabled to take steps towards a more sustainable future. To facilitate such change it is important to know how to apply psychological and social strategies to help lead and inspire people from all cultures and societies to undertake the much needed urgent transformation. Having awareness of the new revolutionary psychosocial concept of Dominant Species Syndrome (DSS), that names and defines the problems and provides practical psychosocial approaches, is fundamental to facilitating such change at all levels in societies. This is the missing link as it names and defines the problems, and provides a way forward for a more sustainable future for humankind, the environment, and other life forms on planet Earth



Room 9

1. Great Lakes Region - Africa

2. Green Politics Schools - Indonesia



Room 10

Since Bangladesh became the first country to ban plastic bags in 2002, the issue of excessive plastic consumption and its devastating impact on oceans and marine life has gained substantial political traction. More than 50 national or sub-national initiatives around the world have tackled the problem, with generally high levels of public support and success in reducing usage and pollution. But significant challenges remain. Research needs to be better funded and communicated to effectively undermine pro-plastic narratives. World-class policy and campaign initiatives need to be shared and built on to and there’s huge potential for more collaborative work through the Global Greens that could make a real difference.

Bringing together high level panelists from across politics, academia and environmental organisations, this panel will consider: 

  • the evidence base and key gaps in research,
  • viable alternatives to plastics, 
  • policy options and challenges, 
  • the impact of existing initiatives, 
  • strategic insights, and 
  • unintended consequences









15:30 - 16:00
    Coffee and Tea
 Lower level & exhibition space

16:00 - 17:30

Auditorium 

The world is facing enormous social and environmental challenges including increasingly extreme inequality, poverty, climate change, loss of forests, pollution. The Greens believe that addressing these challenges requires building strong communities and responsive institutions.  However, the power of parliaments and governments is being eroded by the growing power and reach of corporations. As economic actors, many corporations today are larger than most governments. Corporations also subvert democracy in numerous ways and inequality grows as these tendencies go unchecked.

The publication of the Panama papers has highlighted unmistakably that the fight against inequality has to be against a globally connected adversary. Fighting tax evasion is one of the decisive battles in this context.  Taxes should be seen as an investment for our collective well-being, a pattern for our commitment to solidarity - hence it is essential to achieve tax justice for social justice. In 2015 the G20 adopted a 15-point action plan to fight "Base Erosion and Profit Shifting" to close loopholes for tax havens and to fight tax evasion on a global level. But the reality is different. This is a battle where Greens matter.

Questions for discussion:

  • What policies are needed to stop tax evasion and to put tax havens out of business? What are the global Green answers to this?
  • How can we strengthen the role of national Green parties pushing for more tax justice? How can we use the current dynamic to position us as the leading political voice for social justice?
  • How will we reverse the power shift from communities and governments to corporations?
  • What sort of institutions are needed?
  • Which alliances can we build to reach our goals?







Room 4B

Moderator:

  • Olivia Hanks

Speakers:

  • Ed Gillespie, Co Founder of We Are Futerra
  • Tom Crompton, Founder of Common Cause
  • Jamie Clare, Climate Outreach Network
  • Christine Berry, New Economics Foundation

Talks and discussion on the major communications challenges facing Greens globally: how to trump fear with hope and to explain our vision of a post-growth economy and society. 

Political communications faces a major challenge. On the one hand is the need to trump fear with hope, to bring credibility, positivity, and inclusivity back into politics. For Greens, there is a second challenge: how do we find a way to explain to voters in an engaging way why we need a stable, sustainable economy, not one built on endless growth. This session will draw on the experiences and expertise of our panel members and look to find some lessons that we as Greens can take forwards on a global scale to promote a future that is secure and bright. 

 





Room 10

Speakers:

  • Andy Wightman, Member of Scottish Parliament, Scottish Green Party (Scotland)
  • Ade Indriani Zuchri, Sercretary General Sarekat Hijau Indonesia (Indonesia Green Union)

This workshop will be an opportunity for colleagues in the Global Green family to share information and perspectives  on the challenges that face their communities and citizens in relation to land ownership and land governance. These may be in relation to land ownership for tax avoidance; land grabbing by companies as investment opportunities or for biofuels production; urbanisation competing for land for farming; trade agreements and their impact on land for farming and food sovereignty; land and climate change issues; common land and community ownership.  

Participants will hear from Andy Wightman MSP from the Scottish Green Party and Ade Indriani Zuchri, Secretary General of Sarekat Hijau Indonesia (Indonesia Green Union) both of whom are  actively working on land issues. Roundtable discussions will also enable all to share information on what different Green Parties are doing on land related issues and learn from each other’s experience. The aim will be to identify potential opportunities for joint working on land issues going forward.



Room 11A

Moderator:

  • Christine Milne, Australia

Speakers:

  • Janet Rice, Australia
  • Ade Zuchri, Indonesia

The Global Greens Charter recognises that we acknowledge that human society depends on the ecological resources of the planet, and must ensure the integrity of ecosystems and preserve biodiversity and the resilience of life-supporting systems. One of those systems that is most under threat are our biodiverse natural forests. Natural forests are not only important in their own right, they play a critical role in climate protection by storing carbon and by mediating local and global weather systems. Around the world, deforestation and degradation are driven by brazen and unchecked logging, mining, roading and resources development. As Greens, we must urgently act together to protect this important part of the global commons.

This session asks how best this goal can be achieved:

What are the primary forest protection issues in each region represented?
What have Greens done so far to raise awareness and address threats to forest conservation?
How can the Global Greens work together to protect these regions? How can a collective approach increase our capacity to achieve positive outcomes for our forests?











17:30 - 18:00
    Coffee and Tea
 Lower level & exhibition space

18:00 - 19:30
  European Green Party Plenary

Auditorium 









Room 4B

Since the Brexit vote, it is clear that Greens and eco-socialists in the world need to urgently participate in wider debates about the future of environmental and economic policy. It is more than ever important for us throughout the world to co-operate on issues such as an alternative economic strategy, climate change and GMOs, and human rights and social justice concerns, including assistance to refugees, protection of workers’ rights and the rights of minorities, as well as to campaign against the potentially damaging environmental impact of CETA. This meeting will look at the strategies and structures we should support in this endeavour.





Room 9

1. Venezuela

2. Nicaragua



Room 10



Room 32









18:15
   Dinner

 Lower level & exhibition space

Time

 

Plenary

 

Sessions

 

09:00 - 10:30

Auditorium Convenor: Margaret Blakers, Convenor of the Global Greens

Plenary session of the Global Greens



Voting session for EGP delegates

Room 11A + 11B





10:30 - 11:00
    Coffee and Tea
 Lower level & exhibition space

11:00 - 12:30

Auditorium Convenor: Margaret Blakers, Convenor of the Global Greens

Plenary session of the Global Greens



Voting session for EGP delegates

Room 11A + 11B



12:30 - 13:30
   Lunch

 Lower level & exhibition space

13:30 - 15:00

Auditorium 

The European Green Party, Global Greens and Green Party of England and Wales Closing Plenary!

15:00 - 16:30

Programme Overview

 

 

Time Topic
09:00 - 10:30

- Parallel Sessions
- Federation meetings

10:30 - 11:00 Break
11:00 - 12:30 - Parallel Sessions

- Federation meetings
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 16:00 Congress opening plenary and key notes
16:00 - 16:30 Break
16:30 - 17:00  Congress overview
17:00 - 19:00 Welcome cultural event
19:30 Dinner

Time Topic
09:00 - 10:30 Joint Plenary: 

From Paris to 1.5℃

10:30 - 11:00 Break
11:00 - 12:30

- Global Greens Plenary: Stepping up to the future

Parallel Sessions

12:30 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 14:30 GPEW Party Leaders Speech
14:30 - 16:00

- EGP Plenary: Agricultural Transformation
- Parallel Sessions

16:00 - 16:30 Break
16:30 - 18:00

- Greens/EFA in the European Parliament Plenary: Green Trade Policy in a Globalised World
- Parallel Sessions

18:30 - 20:00

- Global Green Plenary: Health (and resolutions)
- Parallel Sessions

20:00 Dinner

Time Topic
09:00 - 10:30 Joint Plenary: Green political democracy from grassroots to government
10:30 - 11:00 Break
11:00 - 12:30 - Global Greens Plenary: Global Commons

- Parallel Sessions
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:30

- EGP Plenary: Illiberal Democracy
- Parallel Sessions

15:30 - 16:00 Break
16:00 - 17:30

- Joint Plenary: Fighting inequality by empowering people
-Parallel Sessions

17:30 - 18:00

Break

18:30 - 20:00

- EGP Plenary: Green values should guide the EU economic transformation stategy
- Parallel Sessions

20:00 Dinner

Time Topic
09:00 - 10:30

1. EGP Voting Session

2. Global Greens Plenary: Decision-making 

3. GPEW Workshops

4. Global Young Greens Plenary

10:30 - 11:00 Break
11:00 - 12:30 1. EGP Voting Session 

2. Global Greens Plenary

3. GPEW Workhops

4. Global Young Greens Plenary
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 15:00 Closing Plenary

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