“2nd International Summer School on Sustainable Development”, 23–30 August 2009

Unter dem Titel „Decar­bo­nizing Europe and the World. European Climate Policy — Internal and External Dimen­sions“ wird vom 23.–30. August 2009 die „2. Inter­na­tional Summer School on Sustainable Develo­pment“ in der Europäi­schen Akademie Otzen­hausen statt­finden. Die Veran­staltung widmet sich zum einen den sozialen, politi­schen und ökono­mi­schen Heraus­for­de­rungen der Europäi­schen Klima­po­litik, zum anderen beleuchtet sie die Rolle der globalen Akteure im inter­na­tio­nalen Kampf gegen den Klima­wandel.

Hurricane “Katrina” in the United States, bush fires in Australia, floods in South Asia. Natural disasters all around the world demons­trate in an alarming way, how a warming planet could look like within a compa­ra­tively short period of time. Meanwhile, the economic and financial crisis confronts the world with its much more direct impacts to everyday life and tells inter­na­tional climate policy to step back on the agenda for a moment. Despite the current economic problems, the reduction of green­house gas emissions and the adapt­ation to a changing environment remain more urgent than ever before in order to prevent serious environ­mental, social and economic damages. The Kyoto Protocol is due to expire in 2012 and until today, the contracting states are far away from signing a follow-up agreement to combat climate change. Therefore much aspiration is put on the forth­coming Post-Kyoto Confe­rence in Copen­hagen. After deciding on a legally binding climate policy in December 2008, the European Union is assumed to lead the Confe­rence to a success and thus to complete the tenacious climate negotia­tions. Nevertheless, several crucial questions remain open until today: Will Europe’s efforts be suffi­cient to bring other countries to agree on a post-Kyoto treaty? What are the condi­tions for developing countries to accept emission reduc­tions? Which factors influence the EU’s ability to fulfill such a leadership function in the ongoing fight against global warming?

The 2nd Inter­na­tional Summer School on Sustainable Develo­pment will discuss these questions by illumi­nating the internal and external dimen­sions of European climate policy. First of all, the academy addresses the social, political and economic aspects deter­mining European action in the field of climate policy. In a second step, it concen­trates on the inter­na­tional framework of climate policy, thereby analyzing the role of the major global actors in the post-Kyoto process and the ensuing challenges for the European Union.

The Summer School comprises lectures given by academics, high civil servants and politi­cians closely involved in European policy-making. The program assesses enough time to discuss each lecture in detail and includes furthermore several excur­sions throughout the region. Parti­ci­pants doing research in this field are invited to present and discuss their projects and their “work-in-progress” during the Academy. The best project will receive the “European Sustaina­bility Award” sponsored by the EUROPEAN ACADEMY of OTZENHAUSEN.

The 2nd Inter­na­tional Summer School on Sustainable Develo­pment is organized by the EUROPEAN ACADEMY OF OTZENHAUSEN gGmbH, the INSTITUT FUER EUROPAEISCHE POLITIK (IEP, Berlin) and the UNIVERSITY OF TRIER. After a successful beginning in 2008, this year’s Inter­na­tional Summer School will be the second event in a 3‑years-cycle covering different topics of European and Inter­na­tional policies on energy and climate protection. It will take place at the renowned European Academy Otzen­hausen (www.eao-otzenhausen.de), a place known for its excellent working and housing condi­tions.

Parti­ci­pants shall be graduate students, PhD students, young resear­chers in Political Science, European Studies and Economics and young profes­sional.