Programme

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE DEVELOPMENT AND DEMOCRACY:

Sustainable World with No One Left Behind 

08:00 – 09:00 REGISTRATION

09:00 – 09:30 OPENING REMARKS AND INTRODUCTORY SPEECHES

09:30 – 10:45 PLENARY SESSION: Revision of the EU Development Policy – How to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals?

The year 2015 was an important milestone in international development. After the commitments taken at the conferences in Addis Ababa, New York and Paris, now it is time to deliver. Agenda 2030 and the adoption of SDGs have been an impetus to revise the European Consensus on Development. Public consultation launched by the EC provided space to different stakeholders to express their views on the Agenda 2030 and future of EU development policy. Policy coherence for development as one of the “beyond-aid issues” is considered to be inevitable to achieve the SDGs. It requires a strong engagement and ownership from a variety of actors who do not necessarily deal with development policy issues. Clear strategy, leadership and proper coordination between ministries and agencies as well as dialogue with the civil society organisations, private sector, research institutions, the EU and the OECD may help to promote a shared agenda for coherent policies that support global development agenda for the benefit of all. What is the role of the Civil Society in promoting and implementing 2030 agenda? How can we make sure the SDGs are achieved by 2030 so that our planet is preserved for future generations? How to create synergies across government departments to minimize adverse impact of the non-aid policies on developing countries?

10:45 – 11:15 COFFEE BREAK

11:15 – 12:30 PLENARY SESSION: HOW CAN DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION AND HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE WORK BETTER TOGETHER TO ADDRESS CURRENT MIGRATION AND SECURITY CHALLENGES?

According to the estimates of the UNHCR and the IOM in 2015 an unprecedented one million people were forced to flee to Europe due to persecution, conflict and poverty. The Slovak Presidency of the Council of the EU intends to encourage sustainable EU migration and asylum policies also by cooperation with third countries and solidarity. EU Member States call for the importance to create better linkages between development cooperation and humanitarian aid. Agenda 2030 provides an impetus so look on the challenges in a complex manner and also to address them in this way. At the beginning of June the European Commission published a communication on establishing a new Partnership Framework with third countries under the European Agenda on Migration. One of the key elements is to reach comprehensive partnerships (compacts) with third countries to better manage migration in full respect of our humanitarian and human rights obligations. To tackle root causes of migration in the countries of origin, an ambitious External Investment Plan is foreseen. What are the steps needed to better link development cooperation and humanitarian aid? How can we better adjust EU financial instruments to tackle the migration challenges? What partnerships are needed to deliver on the commitments done at the World Humanitarian Summit?

12:30 – 13:00 MINISTER'S AWARD FOR THE MIGRATION EXPERT

13:00 – 14:00 LUNCH

14:00 – 15:30 DISCUSSION PANELS AND ROUNDTABLES 

Roundtable A: Innovations for positive social and environmental change in the developing world

Technology and innovations is a fundamental tool to implement the new Sustainable Development Agenda, as it allows improving efficiency in economic, social and environmental spheres, developing new and more sustainable ways to satisfy human needs, and empowering people to drive their own future. SDGs framework reflects it in Goal 17 but it is essential as a cross-cutting issue to achieve several sectoral Goals and Targets. Fostering innovation is part of Goal 9 related to resilient infrastructure and inclusive, sustainable industrialisation, while Target 9.5 elevates the role of research and innovation policy well beyond STI as one of the Means of Implementation. The new technologies and mechanisms have been growing both in terms of their market size, their operations and the way they serve those in developing countries. In recent years many countries have benefited from an upsurge in internet connectivity, the rise of citizen engagement in demands for good governance, digital activism and community-centred development. Responding to such trends, governments are developing new open government policies and opening their data. Many of them have started this process, including as part of the Open Government Partnership and are facing challenges in achieving the desired outcomes: services tailored to the needs of citizens, lower misuse of and barriers to access public resources and decision-making, higher diversity and more competition in the private sector, and an overall better informed society. What is the role as a driver of innovation, entrepreneurship and social change around the world? How to engage social innovators, entrepreneurs, citizens and non-profit organisations make better use of information and communication technologies in their work? How the new technologies influence good governance? Do the new technologies increase public understanding of administration of public matters? Are the governments open to using data recieved from public initiatives to improve the services?

Roundtable B: Western Balkan CSOs for Development

In the coming years in view of the EU accession, Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, and Albania will need to develop mechanisms and define policies for development cooperation and humanitarian aid. As previous accession processes have shown, the involvement of NGOs in this process will be essential. The roundtable will focus on interconnecting NGOs in the Western Balkans with organizations in those EU countries which recently went through similar processes, discuss experiences and challenges in setting up development cooperation structures and mechanisms for advocacy with national governments and the EU.

Roundtable C:  New Urban Agenda: How do migrants fit in? 

The urban population has grown at an unprecedented speed in the past fifty years and the growth rate is only expected to continue. People are drawn to cities for a range of reasons, but ultimately they move in search of a better life. Migration has been overlooked in the global debate on urbanization and development. Now, the New Urban Agenda of Habitat III needs to help local authorities lead on related policy and planning. According to the UN estimates there are 1 billion migrants worldwide, around half reside in cities, underscoring that migrants play an integral role in the global shift to greater urbanization. They also contribute significantly to urban areas and their development. How to address the challenge of migration in this context, in order to make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable?

15:30 – 16:00 COFFEE BREAK

16:00 – 16:30 DISCUSSION

16:30 GLASS OF WINE

 

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