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Brussels, 8 October 2009

European Development Days 2009 : Climate change, economic crisis, citizenship and development

Media Advisory

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

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