Conference on Public Awareness and Development Education for North-South
One year after the enlargement of the EU...
Belgian Directorate-General Development Co-operation (DGCD) and the
European Commission (DGs Development, ECHO and EuropeAid) are organizing
jointly on Thursday 19 and Friday 20 May 2005 in the Palais
d'Egmont (Brussels, Petit Sablon) a European Conference on
Public Awareness and Development Education for North-South solidarity.
The first objective of the Conference is to urge the Member States of
the EU, particularly the New Member, accession and candidate States,
to properly organize at all levels public awareness towards international
solidarity with the poorest peoples.
The conference will be preceded on Wednesday 18 May at 14.00
in the Royal Park by the inauguration of the mobile exhibition
of the Belgian Cooperation on the Millennium Development Goals
in the presence of HRH Princess Mathilde, Minister De Decker and of
Eveline Herfkens (UN).
During the conference (19-20 May), various personalities will take the
floor, namely Louis Michel, European Commissioner for Development and
Humanitarian Aid; Armand De Decker, Belgian Minister for Development
Cooperation; Jean-Louis Schiltz, Luxemburg Minister for Cooperation
and Humanitarian Action and President-in-Office of the EU Council; Bronislaw
Geremek, former Polish Minister for Foreign Affairs and Member of the
European Parliament; Eveline Herfkens, UN Secretary-General's Executive
Coordinator for the MDG Campaign; Luisa Morgantini, President of the
Development Committee of the European Parliament, Henny Helmich, Director
NCDO, The Netherlands. Two hundred participants will represent the Member
States, the European Commission, the European Parliament and the European
NGOs. Participation is limited to registered persons..