The Institute for European Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, in cooperation with the Institute for European Environmental Policy, hold a conference on "Rio+20: Towards Transforming the Institutional Framework for Global Sustainability?" on 20 January 2012

As the world is drawing closer to the Rio+20 Conference, the IES/IEEP Environmental Policy Forum focused on discussing the need for and prospect of reforming the institutional framework for sustainable development. In particular, it served to advance the debate on the institutional framework for sustainable development in preparation for the Rio+20 Summit in June 2012 present and discuss proposals made in the "Rio+20 Policy Brief: Transforming Governance and Institutions for a Planet under Pressure" prepared by the Earth System Governance Project, a core project of the International Human Dimensions Programme (IHDP).