Wednesday, 19 September 2007

Money may not be everything, but ...

Towards the end of 2008, the United Nations plans to hold its 2nd Global Conference on Financing for Development (FfD) in Doha. This conference will review progress on decisions taken at the first FfD conference in Monterrey in 2002 and the Summits of the following years (World Summit 2005, G8 Summit in Gleneagles, etc.). In addition, the conference will discuss what new financing initiatives are necessary to achieve the International Development Goals, particularly the MDGs. A High-level Dialogue on Financing for Development on 23 and 24 October 2007 at UN Headquarters in New York will mark the starting point of the preparatory process leading up to the Doha conference. Many NGOs will use this process to assess progress and identify obstacles and constraints. Based on this analysis, they will formulate expectations and demands for the Monterrey follow-up conference.

An international seminar on 15-16 October 2007 in Bonn, co-hosted by Global Policy Forum Europe, terre des homes and Social Watch, will contribute to this process, discuss experiences and expectations and formulate essentials of civil society benchmarks for the Financing for Development Conference. The title of the seminar is Money may not be everything, but ... Civil Society Perspectives on Financing the International Development Goals. The detailed program you find >>> here.

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