Joint Research Centre - European Commission

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Stockholm (SE) - 22/10/09 - 24/10/09

European Development Days 2009


Over 6 000 people participated in the 4th edition of the European Development Days which covered a wide range of pressing issues in global development. With 1 500 organisations from the development community coming together with delegates from 125 countries – including Heads of State, leading world figures, and Nobel prize winners – it has been the most important event organised by the Swedish EU Presidency.

The JRC's contribution to the event was coordinated by its thematic program Africa/ACP Observatory. The Africa Observatory uses geomatics and remote sensing techniques which provide support to the programming, design, implementation and evaluation of development policies and programmes. The precise knowledge of the status and trend of natural resources, of agricultural productions and of the overall framework of intervention is crucial for sustainable development, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa in a climate change context.

Also presented at the event was of the newly launched Capacity4Dev web site. The platform, developed by the JRC's Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES) upon request by EuropeAid, aims to make technical cooperation in development policies more effective.