SID Vijverberg Sessions – “The European Agenda on International Cooperation; contribution of the Dutch with regard to emerging global scarcities and power shifts”

June 25, 2008 at 8:15 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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First Vijverberg Session on Energy – Rabobank, Korte Vijverberg 2, The Hague, 20 May 2008

Read the full Report of the discussion which took place as a part of the first SID Vijverberg Session focused on the issue of Energy. The session was attended by some 30 participants, experts on the issue of energy from the different stakeholder groups. In order to stimulate the debate and give food for thought the session was open with two presentation, first by Aad van Bohemen, Head Emergency Planning and Operations International Energy Agency and second by Christian Egenhofer, Senior Research Fellow at CEPS. The presentations were folowwed by lively and interesting debate, report of which will soon be posted on this website. The background paper for the session”Two sides of the same coin? Securing European energy supplies with internal and external policies” was prepared by CEPS, SID’s partner in the session on Energy.

The Vijverberg sessions are ‘’fireplace sessions’’ organised by SID Netherlands Chapter and the European programme in cooperation with theme specific partners that bring together a limited number of selected participants to engage in cross sector dialogue, with the aim to critically reflect on – and contribute to – European policies regarding global issues and international relations.As such, the sessions are also meant as a vehicle to actively involve Dutch stakeholders in European policy making, in particular with regard to North-South relations.

Vijverberg sessions are divided in 4 interrelated and interdependent sub-thematic session: energy; food; water; and environment, scarcities and migration.

They are organised by SID Netherlands and SID European Programme in cooperation with a number of theme specific partners and in parallel to SID Netherlands lecture series on “Energy, Water and Food: Global Scarcities and Power Shifts”.

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EDC2020 Kick-Off Conference

June 3, 2008 at 9:00 am | Posted in Aid Architecture, Aid Effectivness, Climate Change | Leave a comment

2 June 2008, Residence Palace, Brussels

EDC2020 has officially been launched by the Kick-off conference in Brussels on Monday, 2 June 2008.

During the opening session, Jean-Luc Maurer, President of EADI, described the genesis of the project and placed it within the associations context and its predecessor EDC2010. Jean-Michel Baer, Director of the Directorate Science, Economy and Society at DG Research held the key note speech and pointed out the importance of EDC2020 to the European Commission. Finally, Simon Maxwell, Director of the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), presented the initial working paper and the thematic framework of the project.

Project issues such as “New actors in international development”, “Energy security, democracy and development” and “Climate change and development” were discussed with 80 conference participants during three thematic panels. The work package leaders Sven Grimm, Richard Youngs and Leo Peskett outlined the project issues and engaged in first panel discussions with Yang Guang (CASS), Ana Maria Gomes (European Parliament), Jos van Gennip (SID Netherlands), Imme Scholz (DIE), Merylyn Hedger (IDS) and Walter Kennes (DG Environment).

EDC2020 is the three-year project is funded by the 7th Framework Programme of the European Union. It is co-ordinated by EADI (European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes) in a consortium with 5 other development organizations: Overseas Development Institute (ODI), Institute of Development Studies (IDS), German Development Institute (GDI-DIE), Fundación paralas Relaciones Internacionales y el Diálogo Exterior (FRIDE), Society for International Development (SID). 

The objective of the project is to improve EU policymakers’ and other societal actors’ shared understanding of emerging challenges facing EU development policy and external action. With an interdisciplinary approach EDC2020 seeks to analyse emerging global needs and to give recommendations to policy-makers and other societal actors. EDC 2020 is dealing with three emerging challenges: New actors in international development; Energy security, democratisation and political development; and European development policy and climate change.

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