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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 October 7:

Committee on World Food Security’s 40 sessions

Oct. 7-11

Rome, Italy

Communicating Labour Rights: A training course for African media professionals at ITC-ILO Oct. 7-11 Turin, Italy

Investing in Social Outcomes: Development Impact Bonds Oct. 7 New York, United States

III Global Conference on Child Labor Oct. 8-10 Brazil

3rd Global Islamic Microfinance Forum Oct. 7-8 Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The Corporate Council on Africa’s 9th Biennial U.S.-Africa Business Summit Oct. 8-11 Illinois, United States

International Financial Architecture Working Group Meeting Oct. 8-9 Washington D.C., United States

Africa: How to focus on HIV interventions in AU peace support operations Oct. 8-10 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

23rd ASEAN Summit Oct. 9-10 Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam

How to Spend It (if we had it): Priorities for Allocating International Climate Change Finance Oct. 9 Washington, D.C., United States

Statoil’s Strategy and Ambitions: A Conversation with Helge Lund, President and CEO, Statoil Oct. 9 Washington, D.C., United States

Live Webcast: European Union - United States Partnership in Africa Oct.10 Washington DC, United StatesGovernance and Public Service Delivery in Asia Oct. 10 Washington, D.C., United States

11th Annual Power Trading Dinner 2013 Oct. 10 London, United Kingdom

Powering Africa’s Progress Oct. 11 Washington D.C., United States

Global Aging Preparedness: Balancing Adequacy and Sustainability Oct. 11 Washington, D,C,, United StatesG-20 Anti-Corruption Working Group Meeting Oct.10-11 Washington DC, United StatesWorld Bank-IMF annual meeting Oct. 11-13 Washington, D,C., United States


International celebrations

World Habitat DayOct. 7

World Mental Health Day Oct. 10

World Sight Day Oct. 11

International Day of the Girl Child Oct. 11

International Day for Disaster Reduction

Oct. 13 


AzerbaijanPresidential election, Oct. 9

EthiopiaPresidential election, Oct. 8

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