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[EN] Photo Album | LIVE STREAMING | Forest protection, biodiversity and artificial intelligence: what challenges ahead?

[EN] INVITATION | Live Streaming | Forest protection, biodiversity and artificial intelligence: what challenges ahead? (June 24)

We are most pleased to invite you to participate in an evening of discussion on the challenges ahead regarding EU and global forest protection and the use of artificial intelligence to counter biodiversity loss and improve environmental sustainability with our distinguished speakers Mr Joachim D’Eugenio, Senior Expert, DG ENVI, European Commission, Mr Thierry Lucas, Senior Programme Officer, United Nations Environment Programme – UNEP, Mr Topher White, Founder & CEO, Rainforest Connection, Mr Luis Neves, CEO, Global Enabling Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) and Mr Piotr Borkowski, Executive Director, Eustafor.

Ms Angeliki Dedopoulou, Senior Manager, EU Public Affairs, Huawei will hold a keynote speech and participate in the panel discussion.

The debate will be moderated by Dave Keating, Journalist and Brussels Correspondent for France 24.

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Biodiversity decline has been widely recognised as the canary in the coalmine for a broader malaise. Indeed, several authoritative sources have pointed to biodiversity and climate change as the two main defining issues of our age with respect to environmental protection. As a result, given the vital role that temperate, tropical and boreal forests play in the global ecosystem regardless of borders, forest protection has emerged as a crucial question. In fact, forests cover roughly 30% of global land area, host 80% of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity, and constitute a natural source of carbon capture and storage. Furthermore, forests are sources of clean water, regulators of weather, a factor in protecting against natural disasters, as well as a source of shelter and renewable energy. As acknowledged by both the UN and the European Commission, notwithstanding these facts, forests are rapidly disappearing as a result of deforestation and degradation. In addition, global deforestation and forest degradation also negatively affect many objectives of both Europe and the wider international community in several other important aspects of life on Earth, such as ensuring peace and good governance, as well as fostering the rule of law as highlighted by the goals of the 2030 UN Sustainable Development Agenda.

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[EN] Photo Album | LIVE STREAMING | How could Europe create jobs during the COVID recovery through the transformation of work? (June 10)

[EN] INVITATION | Live Streaming | How could Europe create jobs during the COVID recovery through the transformation of work? (June 10)

We are most pleased to invite you to participate in an evening of discussion on how Europe could create jobs during the COVID recovery through the transformation of work with our distinguished speakers Mr Antoine Kasel, Head of Commissioner Schmit Cabinet, European Commission, Ms Yana Toom MEP (Renew Europe/EE), Mr Mark Keese, Head of the Skills and Employability, OECD, Mr Menno Bart, Public Affairs Manager, Adecco, Mr Stefan Kröpfl, Global Head of Life Business Analysis, Zurich Insurance and Mr Russell Corbould-Warren, Head of Insurance, Uber EMEA.

The debate was moderated by Laura Shields, Founder and Managing Director, Red Thread

Given the current developments regarding the Covid-19 outbreak, our event series is held in streaming.

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About the debate

The nature, forms and organisation of work have been constantly transformed by technological progress, demographic shifts, the conditions of the labour market, and macroeconomic variables. While this paradigm also applies to contemporary global society, the technological factor, along with the sustainability imperative, requires all actors of society to adapt and reshape their respective established cultural and organisational references. These changes may not be as fast or as deep as some observers might suggest, however, it is clear that there are ongoing shifts towards more diverse and broader concepts of work both within Europe and around the world.

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[EN] Photo Album | LIVE STREAMING | AI in Farming: making the “Farm to Fork” agenda a global standard for sustainability? (June 2)

[FR] INVITATION | Live Streaming | AI in Farming: making the “Farm to Fork” agenda a global standard for sustainability? (June 2)

We are most pleased to invite you to participate in an evening of discussion regarding AI in farming and the « Farm to Fork » strategy as a global standard for sustainability with our distinguished speakers Ms Eva Kaili MEP (S&D/GR), Mr Juha Heikkila, Head of Unit, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence, DG CNECT, European Commission, Mr Gijsbertus Schilthuis, Head of Unit, Policy Perspectives, DG AGRI, European Commission, Mr Luis Neves, CEO, Global Enabling Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) and Mr David Meszaros CEO, SmartKas.

Mr Jakša Petrić, Counsellor, Permanent Representation of Croatia will hold an introductory speech on behalf of the Croatian EU Presidency.

Mr Abraham Liu, Chief Representative to the EU Institutions and Vice-President for the European Region, Huawei will hold a keynote speech and be also part of the panel discussion.

The debate will be moderated by Dave Keating, Journalist and Brussels Correspondent for France 24.

Given the current developments regarding the Covid-19 outbreak, our event series will be held in streaming.

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About the debate

In Europe and around the globe, biodiversity is disappearing as a consequence of unsustainable human activities. This loss is closely connected to climate change and is disrupting ecosystems that support life on earth. As a result, farmers are increasingly suffering from rises in crop disease, water stress, nutrient deficits and, more generally, from environmental damage. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations member states, has provided a shared blueprint for climate action and prosperity for people and the planet through the unfolding of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The importance of the SDGs for Europe has been reflected in the mission letters President von der Leyen sent to the Commissioners designate at the very beginning of the mandate whereby each member of the College has been exhorted to work towards the achievement of SDGs. Shortly after, the Commission has released the “Farm to Fork” strategy by acknowledging that farming is a crucial sector to make production and consumption sustainable, and to improve the health of European citizens and the innovation of the old continent’s businesses at the same time.

Within this context, several experts have highlighted that agriculture is impacted by global trends related to demographics, economics and climate change. For both the question of biodiversity and agriculture there are solutions but they require deep and transformative changes in the way we produce, consume and trade. In the domain of agriculture, the adoption of new digital farming methods based on Artificial Intelligence (AI), but also on robotics, the blockchain, high performance computing (HPC), the Internet of Things (IoT) and 5G-related technologies can increase farm efficiency. At the same time, those technologies can valuably improve environmental sustainability. Indeed, smarter, digitally enabled farming has already proven to help achieving higher quantity and quality yields, as well as increasing resource efficiency and curbing substantially greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, IoT-based applications in agriculture have also been designed to reduce resource depletion and enhance productivity, whereas the future of farming lies in the benefits of connecting, collecting and analysing big data.

As highlighted in a study of the European Parliament ”a farm-tech revolution is emerging within the scope of global trends which generate structural changes in farms and the wider value chain in unexplored ways, comparable to what happened in the 1950s when tractors started to be used more widely”. Furthermore, the same research highlighted how collaborations rather than takeovers between established companies, start-ups and SMEs are becoming more common as there are mutual benefits to be gained by both parties. SMEs need to collaborate with partners to remain innovative. The framework for this collaboration needs to continue and thrive. However, it needs to be further clarified how Europe and the rest of the globe can adapt to the new technological advancements in order to maximise their benefits for a more prosperous and sustainable future.

The audience will be able to ask questions during both the discussion and the Q&A session through sli.do #AIandAGRI

This event will be held under the Chatham House Rule. Participants are free to use the information received but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the attendees may be revealed. For this reason, unless explicitly authorised by PubAffairs Bruxelles, the filming and/or the recording of the event by any means are strictly forbidden.

The event will commence at 6.00 pm and it will be held in streaming. After the panel debate there will be an opportunity for questions and discussions.

We look forward to hosting you at 6.00 pm on the 2nd of June 2020

[EN] Photo Album | LIVE STREAMING | Is a global consensus on non-personal data governance possible? (May 5)

[EN] INVITATION | LIVE STREAMING | Is a global consensus on non-personal data governance possible? (May 5)

We are most pleased to invite you to participate in an evening of discussion on the prospect and the importance of a global consensus on non-personal data with our distinguished speakers Mr Christophe Kiener, Head of Unit, Services and Digital Trade, European Commission, Ms Helen Stylianou, Deputy Head of the Australian Mission to the EU, Mr Javier Lopez Gonzalez, Senior Trade Policy Analyst, OECD, Mr Robert MacDougall, Head of Enterprise Public Policy, Vodafone Group and Mr Kevin Rogers, Head of Mobile Services, Panasonic.

Mr Alejandro Cainzos, Member, External digital connectivity, VP Vestager Cabinet, European Commission will hold the introductory remarks.

The debate will be moderated by Matthew Newman, EU Chief Correspondent, MLex

Given the current developments regarding the Covid-19 outbreak, our event series will be held in streaming.

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About the debate

Over the last decade, the question of data flows has become a primary issue of concern for businesses, governments and citizens alike, both in Europe and across the world. At the EU level, along with the GDPR and the other EU data protection rules, the entering into force of last year’s regulation aimed at fostering the free flow of non-personal data in the internal market has marked the European Union’s formal recognition of data flowing as a pre-requisite for innovation, research and a successful finalisation of the digital transformation of the economy. Furthermore, the recently released EU Data Strategy has confirmed this stance by highlighting that the increasing volume of non-personal industrial data and public data in Europe, coupled with the current technological shift in how data is stored and processed, will constitute “a potential source of innovation and growth that should be tapped”.

At a global level, in January 2019, 76 countries, along with the EU, have supported the WTO E-commerce Joint Initiative, which made conspicuous the interrelation between e-commerce, trade and data. Subsequently, during the G20 summit of last June, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe launched the so-called “Osaka Track” with the aim of creating a framework to promote cross-border data flows with enhanced protections and safeguards for intellectual property, personal information and cybersecurity. On that occasion, the Prime Minister of Japan pointed out that “we must enable the free flow of medical, industrial, traffic and other most useful, non-personal, anonymous data to see no borders” and added that “the regime we must build is one for DFFT, Data Free Flow with Trust”. The potential of the data economy lies not only in technologies such as the internet of things (IoT), smart cities and online platforms, but also in the digitalisation of more traditional industry sectors such as logistics, agriculture and manufacturing. In addition to this, there is a widespread agreement among experts on the fact that this trend is being amplified by the shift from 4G to 5G-based technologies and the development of artificial intelligence (AI), which both, in turn, will allow smart applications and autonomous systems to unlock new tools and capabilities.

Twenty-four countries, including the United States and China, along with the EU, supported the “Osaka Track”. Yet, despite the unprecedented innovation, growth and societal value linked with the digital transformation of the economy, the questions surrounding the free flow of data have generated new policy challenges for European and global leaders alike. Indeed, addressing these issues at the global level has featured quietly but steadily, across the currently uneven global landscape. While some observers have remarked that the digital economy’s foundation is in danger due to current barriers to data flows, others have highlighted the potential of fostering an open, competitive and rules-based global digital economy through the enacting of new international rules to manage the fundamental driver of today’s global economic and societal advancement. Is a global consensus on non-personal data governance possible?

 

The audience will be able to ask questions during both the discussion and the Q&A session through sli.do #NonPersonalData

This event will be held under the Chatham House Rule. Participants are free to use the information received but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the attendees may be revealed. For this reason, unless explicitly authorised by PubAffairs Bruxelles, the filming and/or the recording of the event by any means are strictly forbidden.

The event will commence at 6.00 pm and it will be held in streaming. After the panel debate there will be an opportunity for questions and discussions.


We look forward to hosting you at 6.00 pm on the 5th of May 2020.

[EN] Photo Album | LIVE STREAMING | Building synergies and optimising cooperation: how far can the EU cyber capacity go? (April 29)

[EN] INVITATION | Building synergies and optimising cooperation: how far can the EU cyber capacity go? (April 29)

We are most pleased to invite you to participate in an evening of discussion on the upcoming set up of a European Cyber Competence Centre and its partner national network and their role to enhance the EU cyber capacity with our distinguished speakers Ms Tamara Tafra, Counsellor for Cyber Issues, Croatian EU Presidency, Mr Miguel Gonzalez-Sancho, Head of Unit, Cybersecurity Technology and Capacity Building, European Commission, Mr Rasmus Andresen MEP (Greens/EFA,DE) and Mr Luigi Rebuffi, Secretary General European Cyber Security Organisation (ECSO).

The event will be moderated by Ms Vesela Gladicheva, Senior Correspondent, MLex

Given the current developments regarding the Covid-19 outbreak, our event series will be held in streaming.

 

About the debate

In the last decade, citizens, businesses and governments alike in Europe and across the globe have become increasingly dependent on digital technologies. However, along with the exponential increase of opportunities, the number, complexity and scale of cybersecurity threats and their impact on the economy and society have also grown. In addition, technological developments have de facto changed the very concept of security, as both strategic economic sectors, such as energy, finance, health and transports, and defence capacities largely rely on digital infrastructures. This trend is expected to increase with the roll out of Internet of Things (IoT), while the prospect of the shift from 4G-based to 5G-based technologies will further extend the array of opportunities and threats. For these reasons and as a result of the numerous EU initiatives aiming to foster and secure the Digital Single Market, the European Union is about to finalise, at an institutional level, the set up of a European Cybersecurity Industrial, Technology and Research Competence Centre, together with a Network of National Coordination Centres.

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