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Stockholm - European Development Days 2009

Begins:   Oct 22, 2009 
Ends:   Oct 24, 2009 

Date: October 22-24, 2009
Location: Stockholmsmässan, 12580 Stockholm, Sweden

October 22, 2009

World Bank Managing Director Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala spoke at the European Development Days in Stockholm on Thursday October 22, in a high level panel discussion on the response to the global economic downturn. EDD participants also followed the debate from the Development village at the EDDs.

Furthermore, World Bank Vice President for Sustainable Development Katherine Sierra presented the concept for the World Bank's new environment strategy to participants at the European Development Days. The consultation session was chaired by Maria Berlekom, Head of Sida's Environment and Climate Change Team.

The new Environment Strategy, to be presented to the World Bank Board of Executive Directors by December 2010, proposes an approach for achieving environmental sustainability at the WBG to ensure that its support to client countries leads to sustainable development outcomes.

During this first phase of the consultation process, which will last through February 15, 2010, the World Bank is engaging in a dialogue with all stakeholders based on the Environment Strategy Concept Note together with more background on the consultation process.

October 23, 2009

The European Commission and the Club of Madrid joined the panel when the World Bank presented the World Development Report 2010: Development and Climate Change at the European Development Days on October 23.

World Bank Special Representative to the EU Sándor Sipos, Director for Development Policy, DG Development EC Luis Riera; Former President of Tanzania Benjamin Mkapa and Former President of Ireland Mary Robinson representing Club of Madrid at the WDR 2010 Press Conference at the European Development Days.

WDR 2010 Presentation

See for more information on the findings of the report

The following World Bank staff participated in the various EDDs events:

  • Ms. Ngozi N. Okonjo-Iweala, Managing Director
  • Ms. Kathy Sierra, Vice President, Sustainable Development
  • Mr. Shanta Devarajan, Chief Economist, Africa,
  • Mr. Julian Schweitzer, Director, Human Development Network, Health
  • Ms. Marianne Fay, World Development Report co-director and Chief Economist for Sustainable Development
  • Mr. Eric Chinje, Manager, External Relations, Africa
  • Mr. Sandor Sipos, Special Representative to the European Institutions

About The European Development Days 2009:

The European Development Days 2009, is a flagship event which showcases the EU’s continuing and enduring commitment to development. The fourth edition of the European Development Days will be hosted in Stockholm, Sweden, on 22-24 October 2009.

The event aims to make development aid more effective, to build a global coalition against poverty and achieve the Millennium Development Goals. Through frank and sometimes controversial debates on pressing issues, such as governance, poverty and environmental sustainability, the European Development Days provide unprecedented opportunities for sharing ideas and launching innovative partnerships. This year the EDD 2009 themes include:

  1. Democracy
  2. Adapting to climate change
  3. Promoting energy efficiency
  4. Global recession

The European Development Days bring some 4 000 people and
1 500 organisations from the development community together on an equal footing. Delegates from 125 countries are represented, including heads of state and leading world figures, Nobel prize winners among them.


European Development Days 2009
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Managing Director, World Bank

Katherine Sierra, Vice President, Sustainable Development, World Bank





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