Brussels, 8 October 2009
European Development Days 2009 : Climate change, economic crisis, citizenship and development
The 4th edition of European Development Days (EDDs) will be held in Stockholm from Thursday 22 nd to Saturday 24 th October. World leaders, international experts and opinion-makers from 125 countries will gather to discuss with some 5,000 participants the global response to the economic downturn and climate change, as well as on the challenges of democracy and development.
This year’s EDDs falls one month after the G-20 Leaders meeting in Pittsburgh, two weeks after the IMF-World Bank meeting in Istanbul and six weeks before the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.
The debates are organized during 5 plenary sessions and 25 side-events. The Development Village aims at bringing together professionals and NGOs (150 exhibition stands). Award ceremonies and outreach activities in Stockholm are also on the programme.
Media accreditation and travel assistance:
Jose Manuel Barroso , President of the European Commission
Fredrik Reinfeldt, Prime Minister of Sweden
Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf , President of Liberia
Blaise Compaore, President of Burkina Faso
Emmanuel Manny Mori, President of the Federated States of Micronesia
Ernest Bai Koroma , President of Sierra Leone
Morgan Tsvangirai, Prime Minister of Zimbabwe
Sheikh Hasina Wajed , Prime Minister of Bangladesh
Raila Odinga , Prime Minister of Kenya
Gunilla Carlsson, Minister for International Development, Sweden
Jerzy Buzek, President of the European Parliament
Dominique Strauss-Kahn , IMF Managing Director
Margot Wallström , Vice-President of the European Commission
Karel D e Gucht, European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid
Amr Moussa, Secretary General of the League of Arab States
Mary Robinson , Former President of Ireland and Vice-President of the Club of Madrid
Rajendra Pachauri , Chair of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
George Soros , Chairman of Open Society Institute
Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Prize winner, economist and founder of Grameen Bank.
Mario Molina, Nobel Prize in Chemistry , recently appointed as member of the advisory council to Barack Obama on climate change
Jeremy Hobbs , Executive Director of Oxfam International
Huguette Labelle , Chair of Transparency International
Helen Clark , Administrator UNDP