30.09.2016 "Towards a New European Consensus on Development" RODM Gdańsk

The Polisg Institute of International Affairs and European Commission have the pleasure to invite you to a speech by Neven Mimica EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development followed by a panel discussion "Towards a New European Consensus on Development"

Date, Time and Venue
6 October 2016 (Thursday) 10:30-14:00

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The Polish Institute of International Affairs
1a Warecka Street, Warsaw
Conference room, 1st floor

The event will be held in English and Polish (simultaneous translation).

It will also be live–streamed at the European Commission
Representation's Twitter: @EUinPL


10.30 – 11.00 Registration and Welcoming Coffee

11.00 – 11.05 Opening remarks
Dr Sławomir Dębski, Director of the Polish Institute of International Affairs

11.05 – 11.20 Keynote Speech
Neven Mimica, EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development

"A renewed EU development policy in response to the UN 2030 Agenda and to evolving global challenges. The role of development cooperation in addressing the root causes of conflict and instability."

11.20 – 11.30 Q&A Session

11.30 – 12.30 Panel Discussion
Zuzanna Kierzkowska, Director, Department of Development Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland
Jean-Louis Ville, Acting Director for Human Development and Migration, Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO), European Commission
Jan Bazyl, Director, Grupa Zagranica (Polish platform of civil society organizations, engaged in development cooperation, democracy support, humanitarian aid and global education)
Dr Paweł Bagiński, Economic Advisor, International Department, National Bank of Poland
Moderator: Patryk Kugiel, Head of International Economic Cooperation and Global Issues Programme, Polish Institute of International Affairs

12.30 – 12.50 Q&A Session

12.50 – 13.00 Closing Remarks,
Dr Karolina Borońska-Hryniewiecka, Head of European Union Programme, Polish Institute of International Affairs

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch

In 2006, the EU and its Member States made a joint policy statement that committed the Union to eradicating poverty and building a fairer and more stable world—The European Consensus on Development. Since then, we have witnessed times of profound regional and global change with the world becoming more complex, connected and contested. The framework for development policy has also transformed remarkably. Development issues are becoming more closely intertwined with climate change and security issues, and new donors are emerging. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted in 2015 by the United Nations and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals replaced the 8 Millennium Development Goals. The European Union itself has experienced a decade of transformation and new challenges. These fundamental issues and changes need to be better reflected in EU development cooperation policy.

How to make development policy more effective, coherent and adjusted to modern realities and challenges? Will EU development cooperation necessarily focus more on poorer countries and, for example, on the Union’s immediate neighbourhood? How can development assistance help to address the root causes of conflict and instability? How to better link humanitarian and development issues in a coherent and coordinated fashion? What is the Polish perspective on the main goals, directions and methods of development cooperation? - these are some questions to be addressed at the seminar.

The event in Warsaw is part of the ongoing consultation process of the new European Consensus on Development, which will guide EU development cooperation policy in the years to come. The discussion will provide an opportunity to policymakers, civil society, and academia to debate and map out possible options for updating EU development policy and feed input to the proposal that the European Commission is planning to present by the end of the year.

Those wishing to attend are kindly requested to confirm by 5 October 2016 via online registration

Early registration is recommended due to the limited number of seats The organiser reserves the right to close registration before the deadline

In case of problems with online registration, please contact us at: (22) 556 80 71 or

The Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM) is a leading and independent think-tank that conducts original, policy-focused research. With over eighty staff' PISM is the largest such institute in Poland and provides advice to all branches of government and contributes to wider debates on international relations in Europe and beyond. PISM also publishes books and journals, and houses one of the best specialist libraries in Central Europe. Situated in between the world of policy and independent expertise on international affairs, PISM promotes the flow of ideas that inform and enhance the foreign policy of Poland.
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