- Brussels, 16 & 17 October 2012

The seventh edition of the European Development Days (EDD) will take place in Brussels, Belgium on 16 and 17 October 2012. Over the years, this landmark, annual policy event has developed into Europe’s premier forum on international affairs and development cooperation.

This year’s headline theme will be sustainable and inclusive growth for human development and the forum will take place over two important dates: the World Food Day (16 October) and the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (17 October).

ECHO will mark its 20th anniversary through three high level panels on Tuesday 16 October, focusing on three key areas of humanitarian aid: Resilience, Forced migration and displacement and Disaster risk reduction in the age of climate change.  Two of these panels will be web streamed.

On 17th October ECHO will be present in the discussion "Taking on the Challenge of Fragility". These high-level discussions, together with a special address by Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva,  are part of ECHO's 20th anniversary closing events.


16 October, 11.00 - 12.30 - Panel: A More Effective Partnership for a More Resilient World


This introductory panel will aim to debate panellists' views on building resilience and will include a presentation of the upcoming Commission Communication on building resilience and fostering a more effective EU approach in dealing with food security crises. The Panel is part of a series of events organised for ECHO@20.


Caroline Anstey, Managing Director, The World Bank Group
Elisabeth Atangana, President of the Pan-African Farmers Organisation
Pascal Canfin, Minister for Development, France
Kristalina Georgieva, European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response
Nancy Lindborg, Assistant Administrator, United States Agency for International Development
Andris Piebalgs, European Commissioner for Development
Oua Saidou, Minister for Agriculture, Niger


16 October, 13.30 - 14.30 – Panel: World Disasters Report 2012: Forced Migration and Displacement  

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies – IFRC, Red Cross / EU Office – RC EU

As an expression of their long-standing partnership, the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO) will host the launch of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’ flagship publication, the World Disasters Report 2012. This year’s 20th edition, which also coincides with ECHO's 20th anniversary, will focus on Forced Migration and Displacement. It discusses the contemporary causes and consequences of forced migration associated with different displacement situations (conflict, natural hazard, economic development displacement) and their impact on the health, dignity and rights of migrants. This session will look at ways to provide support that is designed to empower migrants and help them become valued members of their communities.


16 October, 14.30 - 16.00 - Panel: Disaster Risk Reduction in the Age of Climate Change


European Commission, European Community Humanitarian Office – ECHO, European Network of Political Foundations – ENOP, Red Cross / EU Office – RC EU

With the aim to make disaster risk management a core element of international development cooperation and national development plans, this panel discussion will focus on Disaster Risk Reduction in the age of Climate Change. Opened with a keynote address by Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva, the discussion will concentrate on two main aspects and related questions:

  • Building community safety and resilience through a focus on disaster risk management and the involvement of local stakeholders in decision making
  • DRR as a vital component of development and climate change adaptation policies on local, national and international level.

The Panel is part of a series of events organised for ECHO@20.


Joe Costello, Minister for Trade and Development, Ireland
Martin Dahinden, Director General, Swiss Development Cooperation – SDC
Lakshmi Dhakal, Joint Secretary from Ministry of Home Affairs, Nepal
Umesh Dhakal, Executive Director, Nepal Red Cross Society
Kristalina Georgieva, European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response
A N M Muniruzzaman, President of the Bangladesh Institute for Peace and Security
João Ribeiro, Executive Director of the Instituto Nacional de Gestão de Calamidades –INGC, Mozambique
Masato Watanabe, Vice-Presient, Japan International Cooperation Agency – JICA


16 October, 18.30 – 19.00 – 20th anniversary of ECHO – Special address by Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva


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