INTERNATIONAL METROPOLIS CONFERENCE 2017

18 SEPTEMBER - 22 SEPTEMBER 2017, WORLD FORUM, THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS

Study Tours
Monday 18 September


Study Tour 1


Lifes of refugees, yesterday and today


Embark on a journey and see, hear and experience personally what it must feel like to have to survive in an area affected by conflict or disaster.
It’s an impressive journey on which you imagine the unimaginable. A journey of discovery makes the unimaginable imaginable. It’s as if you find yourself in the place of a refugee.

They have contributed to the economic, social and cultural fabric of the city, yet the lives of the city’s refugees and the history of refugee communities remain undocumented and marginalised. And still, refugees are an integral part of the cities of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht. The public perception of refugees is largely shaped by the dominant media and political interests which often represent refugees in a negative light.

Experience and listen to the stories of refugees who have just left their lives behind and the ones who, over the past 40 years, have lived their lives in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht.


08.30  Welcome and registration
Registration desk open at the conference venue for registration and picking up your conference pass
09.30  Departure of buses to the first stop of your Study Tour
10.00  Arrival at Humanity House - a journey of discovery & presentation by Dr. Jeff   Handmaker – Assistant Professor International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University Rotterdam
12:15  Lunch at Humanity House - with refugees and ambassadors – photo exposition about Aleppo
13.30  Transfer to Het Nutshuis - presentation Stichting Ongekend Bijzonder 
15.30  Transfer back to the World Forum


Conference Venue (starting point of the tour)

World Forum
Churchillplein 10
2517 JW Den Haag


Specific information for this tour

- In the Netherlands you must always be able to identify yourself: please make sure
   you have your ID-card or passport with you at all times.
- Make sure to arrive on time, buses will depart on the stated time.


Dress code:

- Casual

Study Tour 2

What does peace mean to you


Visit the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS). This institute is an international graduate school of policy-oriented critical social science. It brings together students and teachers from the Global South and the North in a European environment.
Migration, participation and social mobilty: Evidence Based Research and Daily Practice’.  On these topics an introduction is given through lecturers and researchers from ISS Erasmus, with the presence of institutions like OxfamNovib, Vluchtelingenwerk, self-help organizations, and policymakers, researchers and Students of ISS Erasmus.
It was founded in 2002 and is seated in The Hague. The International Criminal Court (ICC) investigates and, where warranted, tries individuals charged with the gravest crimes of concern to the international community: genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.
During an interactive tour you will be able to have a look in the courtroom of the ICC and you will be informed about it’s activities, her mandate, current trials and other activities. Get inspired to work together with ISS on a more just world.


08.30 Welcome and registration
Registration desk open at the conference venue for registration and picking up your conference pass
09.30  Departure of buses to the first stop of your Study Tour
10.00  Arrival at the International Institute of Social Studies Erasmus
11.30  Transfer to lunch venue
11.40  Lunch at Love & Peas
13.00  Transfer to International Criminal Court
13.30  Registration and security check a the International Criminal Court *)
13.45  Guided Tour at the International Criminal Court *)
15.30  Transfer back to the World Forum

Conference Venue (starting point of the tour)
World Forum
Churchillplein 10
2517 JW Den Haag

Specific information for this tour:
- In the Netherlands you must always be able to identify yourself: please make sure you have your ID-card or passport with you at all times
- Make sure to arrive on time, buses will depart on the stated time.

*) Please take note of the rules and regulations when visiting the International Criminal Court - including dress code:
- You are entering a court of law and are requested to observe appropriate standards of conduct.
- Please dress appropriately for a Court; insignia or images that could be considered disruptive or offensive are not allowed.
- Abusive or inappropriate conduct, including loud noise, is strictly prohibited.
- Wear your Visitor’s Badge visibly and return it at the end of your visit.
- Audio recording, lming, or photographing is prohibited within the Court’s building.
- Drinking and eating is not allowed in the building.
- Entry under the in uence of narcotic substances, including alcohol, and use of such substances is not allowed.
- Personal belongings can be stored in lockers and must not be left unattended. The - - Court accepts no responsibility for any loss, damage to, or theft of, personal possessions within the Court building.
- Smoking is only allowed in designated areas outside of the building, before going through security.
- All visitors must follow the directions of ICC staff members at all times.

In the Public Gallery of the Courtroom
- Coats, bags and all type of electronic devices are not allowed in the Public Gallery. They shall be stored in lockers.
- Follow all directions given by the Chamber in relation to the Public Gallery.
- Visitors must rise at the opening and closing of a Court session.
Reading, talking, pointing or gesturing at anyone seated in the Courtroom is not permitted.
- The above is derived from the Presidential Directive regulating visits to the building of the Court which can be consulted at the information desk.

Study Tour 3


A chance for employment, finding your way on the Dutch job market


Note: For reasons of logistics the programs of study tours 3 and 5 will be combined to one.

During this tour you will learn more about the job market in The Hague and how people from different age groups and backgrounds find their way to employment. Refugees have a right to a fair asylum procedure, and subsequently access to adequate housing, education, health care and work. The Dutch Council for Refugees is an independent, non-governmental organization that defends those rights. They will show you what they do to guide (former) refugees to work. From there we go to a community centre in one of the poorest and most colourful neighbourhoods of The Hague. There you will be informed about a particular employment project to help local residents find a job and about a project that reaches out to and empowers women in particular. The lunch that is served to you will be made by a local catering company, a cooperation of woman of African descent. This cooperation was formed in an employment program of the municipality of The Hague called 'Entrepreneuring your way out of social benefits'. A program that helps people on welfare to start up their own business. The municipality of The Hague will tell you about their many projects to help the city's youth to find a job and their newest campaign around this topic. The local youth unemployment rate has decreased over 40% thanks to a coordinated approach of programs and projects. Finally you will hear from educational institution ROC Mondriaan that teaches 18.000 vocational students and 4.000 adult students by offering vocational training, general education and job-related courses.

08.30  Welcome and registration
Registration desk open at the conference venue for registration and picking up your conference pass
09.30  Departure of buses to the first stop of your Study Tour
10.00  Arrival at Dutch Council for Refugees – presentation about a particular employment project
11.30  Transfer to community center De Mussen
11.40  Lunch at community center De Mussen prepared by a cooperation of woman of African descent
13.30  Transfer
13.45  Presentation municipality of The Hague about their many projects to help the city’s youth to find a job
15.30  Transfer back to the World Forum


Conference Venue (starting point of the tour)
World Forum
Churchillplein 10
2517 JW Den Haag

Specific information for this tour
- In the Netherlands you must always be able to identify yourself: please make sure you have your ID-card or passport with you at all times.
- Make sure to arrive on time, buses will depart on the stated time.

Dress code:
- Casual


Study Tour 4


The transition of a neighbourhood


Go on a walk with us through the neighbourhood Schilderswijk and Transvaal. This area has the city’s most multicultural inhabitants. See how the local inhabitants deal with their day to day problems because of the amount of migrations backgrounds and how they grew together. Taste their authentic fingerfood and listen to the stories of local entrepeneurs.
Community Center Schilderswijk is stil setting-up. In a beautiful old schoolbuilding in the middle of Schilderswijk a new meetingcenter is being created.  Sports, creative activities, there is something for everybody. Together with the local community they build on relations and connectedness.
Sports is something that connects everybody. See how a brand new sportscomplex in Transvaal brought a new impuls to the entire neighbourhood.

08.30  Welcome and registration
Registration desk open at the conference venue for registration and picking up your conference pass
09.30  Departure of buses to the first stop of your Study Tour
10.00  Arrival at Theater Vaillant – presentation
10.30  Walk and tour through The Schilderswijk – by Deputy Mayor of The Hague Rabin Baldewsingh
12.00  Lunch at Haagse Bazaar
13.30  Transfer to the Haagse Sporttuin
13.45  Tour and presentation at Haagse Sporttuin
15.30  Transfer back to the World Forum


Conference Venue (starting point of the tour)
World Forum
Churchillplein 10
2517 JW Den Haag

Specific information for this tour
- In the Netherlands you must always be able to identify yourself: please make sure you have your ID-card or passport with you at all times.
- Make sure to arrive on time, buses will depart on the stated time.


Dress code:

  • Casual
  • Make sure to wear comfortable shoes because of the walks through the Schilderswijk
  • Make sure to have a jacket with you - the weather in The Netherlands can be pretty unpredictable

Study Tour 6


Scheveningen


The earliest reference to the name Sceveninghe goes back to around 1280. The first inhabitants may have been Anglo-Saxons. Other historians favour a Scandinavian origin. Fishing was the main source of food and income. After the last storm in 1894 when half the village was destroyed, the villagers decided to build a harbor.
Today Scheveningen is a famous seaside resort and subject to renewal and change. However traces of its history are still visible and promoted by long established local inhabitants. Get a taste of the authentic food, experience Scheveningen under water and on land, learn about how the local inhabitants lived in the early days at the beginning of the 19th century and the challenges they face today.
How do we safeguard local traditions and values and at the same time welcome new citizens and influences? Come and see in Scheveningen!


08.30  Welcome and registration
Registration desk open at the conference venue for registration and picking up your conference pass
09.30  Departure of buses to the first stop of your Study Tour
10.00  Arrival at Panorama Mesdag – guided tour through the Museum and presentation
11.45  Transfer to Seinpostduin – view at Scheveningen
12.20  Transfer Simonis in de Haven
12.30  Lunch at Simonis in de Haven – specialized fish restaurant
13.30  Tour with watertaxi through the harbours of Scheveningen
13.45  Walk through Scheveningen
14.00  Arrival at Wijkcentrum Het Trefpunt – conversations with inhabitants of Scheveningen
16.00  Transfer back to the World Forum


Conference Venue (starting point of the tour)
World Forum
Churchillplein 10
2517 JW Den Haag

 

Specific information for this tour
- In the Netherlands you must always be able to identify yourself: please make sure you have your ID-card or passport with you at all times.
- Make sure to arrive on time, buses will depart on the stated time.


Dress code:

  • Casual
  • Make sure to wear comfortable shoes because of the walk through Scheveningen
  • Make sure to have a jacket with you – the weather in The Netherlands can be pretty unpredictable