Event preview: This week in development cooperation

Colorful jeepneys in Manila. Photo by: Richard Messenger / 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 Feb. 18:

Monthly Foreign Affairs Council meeting Feb. 18 Brussels, Belgium

Peacekeeping is high on the list of the EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting this month as it explores challenges in Mali, as well as new developments in Iraq. To brace for the upcoming meetings with the EU’s eastern partners, ministers will also consider the implementation of the EU’s Eastern Partnership.

Public dialogue on addressing inequalities in the post-2015 development agenda Feb. 18 Copenhagen, Denmark

The Global Thematic Consultation on Addressing Inequalities in the Post-2015 Development Agenda will conclude with a showcase of the findings of the consultation conducted by UNICEF and U.N. Women, and sponsored by the governments of Denmark and Ghana. The goal: to assess the Millennium Development Goals’ progress and to explore a new post-2015 development framework.

European Parliament debate on the EU budget Feb. 18 Brussels, Belgium

The EU’s long-term budget will undergo further scrutiny as the European heads of state and government recently set a maximum ceiling of €960 billion for 2014-2020 and for actual payments at €908 billion.

First regular session of the WFP executive board Feb. 18-19 Rome, Italy

Management discuss a report jointly conducted by the U.N. Refugee Agency and the U.N. World Food Program on the impact of food assistance to durable solutions in extended refugee situations.

First Universal Session of the Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum Feb. 18-22 Nairobi, Kenya

The U.N. Environmental Program will elect officers, set policies, and structure the budget and program of work for 2014–2015, including the Environment Fund and other budgetary matters.

Devex 40 Under 40 International Development Leaders in Manila reception Feb. 19 Manila, Philippines

Devex honors 40 global development leaders under the age of 40 who are set to shape the global development agenda in the coming years. Nominees were pooled from respected international development agencies, government institutions, corporations and NGOs.

High-level meeting on Sahel humanitarian aid Feb. 20 Rome, Italy

Key representatives from the humanitarian community and government donors will convene to answer the following questions: What has been achieved for the year-long crisis in Africa’s Sahel region? How effective was the humanitarian assistance extended? This comes at time of renewed upheaval in Mali.

ICT for Africa Feb. 20-23 Harare, Zimbabwe

This annual conference highlights the collaboration between African countries, developing countries and developed countries to push forward ICT advancements in Africa. Participants will have the opportunity to distribute their research and spark discussion with other attendees.

Conference on poverty and inequality in societies of human rights: the paradox of democracies Feb. 21-22 Strasbourg, France

At this European Council-led event, attendees will discuss present poverty-fighting efforts and how to better formulate proposals for promoting this initiative.

International celebration

  • World Day of Social Justice, Feb. 20


  • Armenia: presidential, Feb. 18

  • Djibouti: parliamentary, Feb. 22

  • Italy: parliamentary, Feb. 24

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