A mother and her child participate in a vaccination campaign at a DRC camp. This week marks World Health Day. Photo by: Christopher Black / World Health Organization

The future of international development cooperation is not just hashed out in dusty field offices and ramshackle schools and hospitals, but also at a variety of events, celebrations and other gatherings.

Below are some of the most noteworthy events for the week starting April 1:

High-level consultation on hunger, food security and nutrition in the post-2015 development agendaMadrid, SpainApril 4

This is the third and final phase of a global thematic consultation on hunger, food security and nutrition, which aims to compile views from all possible actors on lessons learned from the Millennium Development Goals and the post-MDG agenda. Spain and Colombia are co-hosting the event.

International donor conference for DarfurDoha, QatarApril 7-8

The conference will bring together senior officials from the Sudanese government, donors, development banks, international and national nongovernmental organizations, as well as international funds and foundations to discuss pressing development challenges in Darfur. It is expected to end with an agreement on the economic recovery and development priorities for the region from 2013 to 2019 and confirm funding to support these priorities.

Other events

  • WWF’s Water Risk FilterWashington, D.C., USAApril 3, 2013

  • International Workshop on Energy Storage Technologies and ApplicationsManila, PhilippinesApril 3-4, 2013

  • World Bank public seminar: “The Role of the World Bank and Partnership with Japan”Tokyo, JapanApril 5, 2013

International celebrations

  • International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, April 4

  • World Health Day, April 7


  • Montenegro (presidential), April 7

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