Dutch Council on Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation meets to discuss post-Cotonou Agreement

On May 27, 2017, the Dutch Council on Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation meets to discuss what will follow the Cotonou Agreement, including new possible partnerships with the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP countries), migration and development, next steps for a sustainable European future and the new Consensus on Development of the European Union. The Cotonou Agreement is a comprehensive partnership agreement between the EU and 79 countries from Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific covering 2000-2020. In 2010 the ACP-EU cooperation was  adapted to new challenges such as climate change, food security, regional integration, State fragility and aid effectiveness. 

Location: The Hague, the Netherlands

Website – Second Chamber


In Australia, Senate hearings on Foreign Affairs and Trade portfolio anticipated for end of May

The Australian Senate’s hearings on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s (DFAT) portfolio budget are expected to take place from May 29 to June 1, 2017. The DFAT budget appropriation includes most of Australia’s ODA spending. The Australian Parliament usually approves the Budget later in June after thorough examination and a round of amendments.

Location: Canberra, Australia

Website - Parliament of Australia


'Think 20' Summit takes place in Berlin

To mark Germany’s G20 Presidency in 2017, the Think 20 (T20) Summit is taking place in Berlin on May 29 and 30, 2017, in association with the Global Economic Symposium. This year's theme is 'Global Solutions'. The Summit will focus on various G20 topics, such as the digital economy, climate policy and finance, and migration and refugees, and is chaired by the Kiel Institute for the World Economy and the German Development Institute. The T20 is a network of research institutes and think tanks from G20 countries, whose purpose is to provide research-based policy advice to the G20 process, facilitate interaction with the policy community, and communicate with the broader public about issues of global importance.

Location:     Berlin, Germany

Event page - Think 20 Summit


European FGM network hosts conference in Brussels

The End Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) European Network is hosting a 'Building Bridges' seminar in Brussels at the end of May to discuss projects, activities, policies, and research that aim to concretely enable culturally-sensitive cooperation between the EU and FGM countries of origin. Attendees include CSOs, service providers and practitioners, researchers, experts, lawyers, academics, civil servants, and activists working in the field of FGM. 

Location: Brussels, Belgium

Event page - End FGM European Network


AECID launches new report on private sector and SDGs

Spanish development agency, AECID, hosts an event in Madrid on May 30, 2017, to present its report on the private sector in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agenda. Produced jointly by AECID and the Spanish CSR organization Forética, the new report elaborates on how the private sector may support and contribute to global development. Participants include AECID’s Director, Luis Tejada, other representatives from the Spanish government, and civil society organizations. 

Location: Madrid, Spain

Event page - AECID [in Spanish]


2017 CASID annual conference takes place in Toronto

In collaboration with the Canadian Council for International Cooperation (CCIC), the Canadian Association for the Study of International Development (CASID) holds its Annual Conference from May 31 to June 2, 2017, in Toronto.  This conference takes place each summer to coincide with the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences.  The theme of the 2017 CASID conference is Scholar/Practitioner Collaborations:  Next Generation Leadership for the New Development Paradigm.

Location: Toronto, Canada

Association website- CASID


Lunch seminar on nutrition and development

Save the Children Norway is hosting a seminar on the role of nutrition in Norwegian health assistance and development policy. The framing of the event is to urge that nutrition play a larger role.

Location: Oslo, Norway

Event page - Norway global portal (in Norwegian)

Norway Global health Nutrition

Jeju Forum for Peace and Prosperity takes place in May 2017

The 2017 Jeju Forum for Peace and Prosperity is set to take place from May 31-June 2, 2017. The theme of this year's conference is “Sharing a Common Vision for Asia’s Future”. Highlighted sessions include ones on capacity building of local governments for sustainable cities, Asian cooperation networks and Korean international development cooperation, and Korea’s multilateral diplomacy.

Location: Jeju, South Korea

Event website - Jeju Forum

South Korea

CONCORD Europe and IFP host workshop on governance and leadership in Brussels

CONCORD Europe and the International Forum of National NGO Platforms (IFP) are hosting a peer-exchange workshop entitled ‘National Platforms’ Governance and Leadership in Challenging Times’ on June 2, 2017, in Brussels. The workshop aims to discuss the challenges that NGOs have to be both responsive and structured in a fast-paced environment. National development NGOs from acrosss Europe are encouraged to participate. 

Location: Brussels, Belgium

Event page- IFP


Annual OECD Forum to take place in Paris in June 2017

The OECD Forum gathers in Paris from June 6-7, 2017 to debate some of the most pressing social and economic challenges confronting society. The 2017 agenda is forthcoming; however, former and current heads of state and government, CEOs, leaders of key NGOs and trade unions as well as members of academia and the media are all invited to debate policies and share ideas. The 2016 conference covered such issues as closing the gender gap, integration, and the changing world of work under the overarching title:  ‘Productive Economies and Inclusive Societies’.

Location: France, Paris

Website - OECD