Global Jean Monnet Conference 2007 on "The EU and World Sustainable Development": speeches by José Manuel Barroso and Ján Figel' (extracts)

Type: Report   Reference: I-055486   Duration: 10:07:27  Lieu:
End production: 05/11/2007   First transmission: 05/11/2007
The Global Jean Monnet Conference brought together 450 top academics, policy makers and representatives of civil society from around the world. The 2007 conference was addressing one of the major challeges to the EU: how actively promote sustainable development. Topics discussed included global environmental governance, climate change, sustainable energy, demography, poverty and development.

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10:03:36 Title 00:00:04
10:03:41 Exterior view of the European Commission building 00:00:06
10:03:47 Arrival of Ján Figel', Member of the EC in charge of Education, Training, Culture and Youth 00:00:06
10:03:53 Cutaway 00:00:07
10:04:00 Ján Figel' (in ENGLISH) saying that the expectations of the people are high; this is both a recognition of the relevance of the EU and a challenge; he is sure that this conference will provide them with views, visions and strategies that will help them head the changes on a positive and sustainable direction 00:00:24
10:04:24 Cutaway 00:00:08
10:04:32 Ján Figel' (in ENGLISH) saying that new Member States, new challenges and new international role are all part of the growing up; integration is not about absortion of newcomers, assimilation of those who are coming later or smaller or weaker, it is about participation under the same rules of equality and dignity, it is about participation which means also knowing how to take part, how institutions and policies are organized 00:00:33
10:05:05 Cutaway 00:00:09
10:05:14 Arrival of José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC (2 shots) 00:00:13
10:05:27 José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH) saying that the European Union and its Member States are the world's biggest donors of official development assistance; their share has been 55% of world development aid and in 2010 it will be 63%; it is EU's duty to do it, but he is still not happy with the results of what has been achieved; he is always impatient when he sees the very absurd fact that in the 21st century, with all the human progress and all the scientific and technological advances, there are still people and children dying for curable diseases 00:00:53
10:06:20 Cutaway 00:00:06
10:06:26 José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH) saying that those who will suffer the most from global warming are also those who most lack the resources to counteract its effects; because they are particularly vulnerable, the EU wants to help those countries to adjust to the consequences of global warming without jeopardizing the achievements of the Millennium Development Goals; they also want to help them to include the fight against climate change into their poverty reduction strategies 00:00:26
10:06:52 Cutaway 00:00:05
10:06:57 José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH) saying that it is a question of time that all major economies join the EU; it is quite obvious that it is a question of time not only for climate but also because of economic, technological, scientific reasons and also because of the pressure of the public opinion and the progress that was raised in terms of global awareness of this problem 00:00:30
10:07:27 People attending the conference (4 shots) 00:00:24
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