Event preview: This week in development cooperation

The India Gate in New Delhi. Photo by: Parthiv Haldipur / CC BY-NC

The future of international development cooperation isn’t just hashed out in dusty field offices and ramshackle schools and hospitals, but also at a variety of events, celebrations and other gatherings. Here are some of the most noteworthy for the week starting Jan. 28:

Earth System Governance Tokyo ConferenceTokyo, JapanJan. 28-31

To be held at the United Nations University headquarters, the conference aims to identify effective strategies that can “[steer] societies towards a more sustainable relationship with the natural world.” It will tackle, among other things, how the global architecture for sustainable development governance should look after 2015, when the Millennium Development Goals expire.

Confirmation vote for John KerryWashington D.C., USAJan. 29

After cruising through his confirmation hearing Thursday (Jan. 24), Kerry is expected to get the nod of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee to be the next secretary of state. Check out his views on various pressing issues in U.S. development cooperation, including aid to Pakistan and relations between the U.S. Agency for International Development and its contractors.

Meeting with candidates for the next World Trade Organization director-generalGeneva, SwitzerlandJan. 29-31

The nine candidates vying to succeed Pascal Lamy will meet with members of the WTO General Council, the organization’s highest decision-making body. They will make brief presentations on their vision for WTO and field questions from the council members.

Third meeting of the High-level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development AgendaMonrovia, LiberiaJan. 30-Feb. 2

Panel members will look at the drivers of economic transformation “that need due consideration” in a future global development framework. The discussions will focus on, among other things, the role of the private sector in development as well as governance and institution builidng, particularly in conflict-affected and fragile states.

International humanitarian pledging conference for SyriaKuwait City, KuwaitJan. 30

The goal: to gather $1.5 billion for millions of people displaced by the conflict in Syria. The money would be used to fund emergency response through June 2013. Representatives of member states, U.N. agencies and nongovernmental organizations are due to attend the event.

Delhi Sustainable Development SummitNew Delhi, IndiaJan. 31-Feb. 2

Delegates to this year’s gathering will discuss how to implement various aspects of the Rio+20 outcome document, build disaster resilience and achieve green growth, as well as share best practices and propose future policies to ensure energy, water and food security. Expected guests include leaders of governments, multilateral development banks and multinational companies.


  • Liechtenstein: parliamentary, Feb. 1

  • Cuba: parliamentary, Feb. 3

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