Over 100 chairs and Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of European development NGOs met at the High Level Leadership Forum organised in Brussels by CONCORD on 26 March 2009.
The president of CONCORD, Justin Kilcullen, welcomed Mr Barroso, President of the European Commission, to the meeting, where he had been invited to participate both as a speaker and by joining a discussion on “the EU’s capacity to reduce the impact of the financial crisis and climate change on developing countries”.
A few days ahead of the G20 summit on the financial crisis, and on the eve of the publication of the OECD’s figures on official development aid, the Commission President’s talk and his replies to questions on these topics were of special interest. Mr Barroso strongly stressed that the EU had to keep its promises with regard to the Millennium Development Goals, its official development aid commitments and support for developing countries in this time of crisis. Justin Kilcullen outlined the main thrust of CONCORD’s new Strategic Framework for 2009-2015 and reminded listeners of the goals and strategic approaches that must be adopted if the Confederation is to play its full political role in a Europe and a world that are in constant evolution. In the afternoon, two workshops gave the NGO leaders a chance to debate on central issues and provided a space for dialogue and exchange.
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Information provided by Agnès Philippart, CONCORD