European Development Days: extracts from the opening ceremony by Andris Piebalgs, Philippe, Prince of Belgium, Yves Leterme, José Manuel Barroso, Jerzy Buzek, Madhav Kumar Nepal, Lesley-Anne Knight, and Dominique Strauss-Kahn
Type: Speech - summary
End production: 06/12/2010 First transmission: 06/12/2010
The 5th edition of the European Development Days (EDD) took place in Brussels on 6 and 7 December 2010. Organised by the European Commission and the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, EDD is the leading European forum where the questions and issues about international development cooperation are debated. Philippe, Prince of Belgium, Yves Leterme, acting Belgian Prime Minister, José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, Jerzy Buzek, President of the EP, Madhav Kumar Nepal, Nepalese Prime Minister, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and Lesley-Anne Knight, Secretary General of Caritas Internationalis, attended the opening ceremony and gave statements.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Exterior shots of the Square- Brussels Meeting Centre (2 shots)
||Arrival of Philipe, Prince of Belgium, Mathilde, Princess of Belgium, José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, Charles Michel, acting Belgian Minister for Development Cooperation, and Andris Piebalgs, Member of the EC in charge of Development
||Arrival of delegates to the conference hall with Yves Leterme, acting Belgian Prime Minister, and Jerzy Buzek, President of the European Parliament
||SOUNDBITE (in FRENCH) by Philippe, Prince of Belgium, saying that the development of human beings to make him free and able to take his destiny, is the key aim for development.
||Cutaway of Philippe, Prince of Belgium
||SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) by Yves Leterme: these days give us the opportunity to report progress but of course also to reflect on the future.
||Cutaway of Yves Leterme
||SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) by José Manuel Barroso: European Development Days has quickly established itself as a major forum in the international development calendar. It is also Europe's window on the world of development. Despite of the difficulties I still believe that these goals can be achieved. In fact it is a moral imperative to strive for their achievement (2 shots).
||SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) by Jerzy Buzek: we need solidarity. It is more important than ever. And it is important not only for Europe, definitely not only in Europe, but all over the world, to ensure that our policies are efficient (2 shots).
||Cutaway of Jerzy Buzek
||SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) by Madhav Kumar Nepal, Nepalese Prime Minister: it is a major obvious commitment that EU, despite economic and financial crisis, remains the single largest entity to provide more than half of development and humanitarian assistance to the LDCs.
||Cutaways of the audience and of Madhav Kumar Nepal (4 shots)
||SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) by Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF): the low-income countries have weathered the financial crisis much better than expected judging by the experience of past-crisis. Growth stayed positive in 2/3 of the low-income countries during the crisis thanks robust policy response.
||Cutaway of Dominique Strauss-Kahn
||SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) by Lesley-Anne Knight, Secretary General of Caritas Internationalis: the eradication of poverty is not an optional activity, that can be abandoned as soon as budgets have to be cut. It is rather a moral duty and the responsibility of every community to ensure that its people can live in dignity.
||Cutaway of Lesley-Anne Knight
||General cutaways of the speakers (4 shots)