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EIB plans public consultation

The European Investment Bank (EIB) Group will soon launch a public consultation on the review of its Complaints Mechanism Policy. The EIB Complaints policy provides an accountability tool to enable aggrieved members of the public to resolve disputes with the EIB through an independent body. The public consultation process, soliciting a wide-range of informed views, will be officially launched with publication of a draft policy expected on May 29, 2017. A consultation meeting will take place June 29, 2017, in Brussels to enable direct exchange with EIB staff about the issues at stake within the review.

Webpage - EIB

EU

Sweden holds open, week-long event for political debate

From July 2 to 9, 2017, Sweden hosts 'Almedalen', an annual week-long event jointly organized by all parliamentary parties to foster political debate. Each day of the week focuses on one party. The event is open, and anyone willing to debate social issues can participate. In 2015, an estimated 35,000 people attended.

Location: Gotland, Sweden

Website – Almedalen week [in Swedish] 

Sweden

Green Climate Fund holds 17th Board meeting in South Korea

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) is set to hold its 17th Board meeting from July 4 to 6, 2017, in Incheon, South Korea, where it is based. It is also planning a regional workshop in Indonesia from April 26 to 29, 2017, to support capacity-building in developing countries, and will co-organize a capacity-building seminar in Incheon with the Korean Ministry of Strategy and Finance in late May. GCF, which is under the auspices of the UN, is poised to become the world’s primary multilateral facility for climate finance. During the most recent Board meeting held April 4 to 6, 2017, the GCF approved a total of 43 proposals, including 8 climate change-related projects in developing countries. 

Location: Incheon, South Korea

Press release - Ministry of Strategy and Finance [in Korean]

Website - Green Climate Fund

Global South Korea

2017 G20 Summit in Hamburg

Hamburg is set to host the 12th G20 Summit on July 7 to 8, 2017. More than 20 heads of state or government as well as representatives of international organizations will meet to discuss the list of topics prioritized by Germany, which assumed the presidency in December 2016. Germany wants to use its G20 presidency to address key global challenges and problems beyond the economic and financial, focusing also on migration, health, refugees, and counter-terrorism.

Location: Hamburg, Germany

Website - G20 Summit 2017

Agriculture Global health

2017 G20 Summit in Hamburg

Hamburg is set to host the 12th G20 Summit on July 7 to 8, 2017. More than 20 heads of state or government as well as representatives of international organizations will meet to discuss the list of topics prioritized by Germany, which assumed the presidency in December 2016. Germany wants to use its G20 presidency to address key global challenges and problems beyond the economic and financial, focusing also on migration, health, refugees, and counter-terrorism.


Location: Hamburg, Germany 

Website - G20 Summit 2017

Agriculture Global health

15th Health, Medicine and Society conference takes place in Melbourne

The Australian and New Zealand Society of the History of Medicine (ANZSHM) hosts a conference on ‘Health, Medicine and Society: Challenge and Change’ from July 11 to 15, 2017. Some 200 clinicians, historians, and scientists are expected to attend. The program is designed for emerging and established scholars, and post-graduate students at Australian, New Zealand, and international universities. Seminars will discuss topics related to immunology and contemporary debates in the field of vaccination. 

Location: Melbourne, Australia

Event page - ANZSHM

Australia Global health Global health R&D

EU hosts meeting on decentralized cooperation with regional authorities from around the world

The European Commission and the European Committee of the Regions organize a large international meeting to discuss common challenges and build sustainable partnerships in the framework of the 5th ‘Assises of Decentralised Cooperation’. More than 600 participants, local and regional authorities from the EU, Africa, Caribbean, Pacific, and Latin America are expected to attend. Topics of discussion include the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), migration, and climate change and energy.

Location: Brussels, Belgium

Event page - European Commission 

EU

Global Summit on Family Planning in London

Co-hosted by Priti Patel, the UK's International Development Secretary, Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of UNFPA, and Melinda Gates, the Global Summit on Family Planning takes place in London on July 10, 2017. The event occurs amid concerns about the US administration's decision to ban funding for organizations involved in abortion provision overseas. According to Patel, the event “will help secure renewed global commitment to family planning services, with a particular focus on the poorest and most vulnerable”. 

US President Trump's reinstatement of the 'global gag rule' is expected to lead to a significant fall in funding for family planning and women’s health programs in developing countries. 

Location: London, UK

Event listing - WHO

News article - The Guardian

Global United Kingdom Global health

Spanish CONGDE organizes a summer course on media and refugees

The Spanish development NGO umbrella organization, CONGDE, organizes a training course for journalists and NGO professionals to increase understanding on the refugee crisis and media coverage. The two-day event consists of a series of workshops covering a range of themes including uncomfortable truth and responsibility in communication, multi-media presentation, and women and human rights. In another, communications professionals, including popular Spanish TV journalist Jordi Évole, analyzes mainstream and innovative narratives around the refugee crisis.

Course program - CONGDE (in Spanish)

Spain

46th Australian Conference of Economists takes place in Sydney

From July 19-21, 2017, the Economic Society of Australia hosts the 46th Australian Conference of Economists (ACE). With a theme of ‘Economics for Better Lives’, sessions  focus on inequality and poverty, financial regulation, taxation reform, education reform, transport economics, the economics of populism, and infrastructure. Specific international aspects include regional trade agreements, global migration flows, international assistance and development, and macroeconomics in a low-interest rate world. Speakers include Carol Graham, Brookings Institution, and W Kip Viscusi, Vanderbilt University Law School.


Location: Sydney, Australia

Event page- ACE

Australia