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European Development Days 2008

On 15-17 November 2008 in Strasburg, France the third edition of European Development Days (EDD) will take place. Development Days have been established by the European Commission in order to create a wide forum for discussion on current development cooperation issues.

The primary topics of this year’s European Development Days concern the consequences of financial crisis for the development, local aspect of development including, in particular, the role of local authorities, progress in realization of the Millennium Development Goals, famine and food issues, climate changes, financial aid rate and media impact on development. The 2006 meeting concerned methods of governance and last year’s meeting was focused on climate changes.

During the EDD a number of debates will take place. Many people involved in cooperation for development, including representatives of public administration, parliaments, local authorities, civil society, international organizations, academic societies, development agencies, media and private sectors are expected to participate.

Apart from discussions on the current and future shape of development policy, the aim of the EDD is also to inform public opinion about matters concerning development and cooperation. Numerous meetings addressed to wide audience will take place during the EDD, including: art exhibitions, festivals, concerts and workshops. Within the framework of this year’s EDD the Lorenzo Natali prize for journalists involved in activities concerning human rights, development and democracy will be awarded as well as the prize for winners of the teenage contest on international development.

More information on the European Development Days can be found at http://www.eudevdays.eu/.

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