The kick-off conference of the European Development Cooperation to 2020 (EDC2020) project will take place in Brussels, Belgium, on 2 June.
The project, funded under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), will investigate emerging issues relating to European development cooperation.
The event will address issues ranging from the new actors in international development to energy security, democracy and political development, European development policy and climate change. Participants will discuss questions such as: 'What effect will emerging actors such as China, India and Brazil have on European thinking on aid instruments, modalities and Europe's aid system? What might climate change mean for current and future policies in agriculture, trade, risk reduction and humanitarian assistance? Is energy security strengthening or undermining development work?