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Briefing and panel discussion entitled "Conflict, Violence and Disaster and the Post-2015 Development Agenda" will be organized at the Sofitel Brussels Europe Hotel in Brussels, on Tuesday, 25 June 2013, from 15:00 to 17:30 hours.

Brussels (Belgium), 20 June 2013 – As the target date to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) fast approaches in 2015, global leaders and citizens are engaged in dialogue and critical reflection on what has been achieved and what comes next. Work to create a new development framework for the period after 2015 is being undertaken through a truly open and inclusive process.

The unprecedented global conversation is drawing on the needs, experience and expertise of people around the world. In up to 100 countries, groups of stakeholders, with the support of the UN, have held debates on what must be included in the future global development agenda.

Thousands of people, including leading practitioners, have also participated on-line and in person in global thematic consultations on how to integrate key issues into the new development framework. The consultation on 'Conflict, violence and disaster, and the post-2015 development agenda', is one of the 11 global thematic debates undertaken over the last few months.

It is in this context that a briefing and panel discussion entitled "Conflict, Violence and Disaster and the Post-2015 Development Agenda" will be organized at the Sofitel Brussels Europe Hotel in Brussels, on Tuesday, 25 June 2013, from 15:00 to 17:30 hours.

The meeting will provide an opportunity to discuss the main conclusions from this global thematic consultation. While the remarkable progress made globally in reducing poverty through the MDGs is recognised, this success was limited because the past framework was blind to conflict, violence and disasters – the biggest obstacles to achieving the MDGs.

Key messages from the thematic consultation on conflict, violence and disaster were incorporated in the report released on 30 May 2013 by the High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons established by the UN Secretary-General to inform his thinking on the post-2015 development agenda. The panel, co-chaired by the Presidents of Indonesia and Liberia and the UK Prime Minister, includes members from civil society and private sector in addition to government leaders.

Speakers and panellists at the Brussels briefing will include:

  • Mr. Marcus Cornaro, Deputy Director-General, Directorate General for Development and Cooperation (EuropeAid), European Commission.
  • Mr. Jordan Ryan, Assistant Secretary-General and Director Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery, UNDP.
  • H.E. Samuel O. Outlule, Embassador of Botswana to Belgium and Chairman of the Committee of Ambassadors of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group (ACP).
  • H.E. Roberto Flores Bermúdez, Ambassador of Honduras to the European Union, Belgium, Luxembourg and to the Nordic and Baltic countries.
  • Ms. Denisa Ionete, Head of the Fragility and Crisis Management Unit, DEVCO, European Commission.
  • Mr. Larry Attree, Head of Policy, Saferworld.
  • Ms. Iris Van der Veken, Manager, Corporate Affairs, Global Rosy Blue.
  • Mr. Vasu Gounden, Executive Director ACCORD.

The Global Thematic Consultation on Conflict, Violence and Disaster was co-led by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), the UN Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO), and the UN Office for Disaster RiskReduction (ISDR). It was supported by the Governments of Finland, Indonesia, Liberia and Panama.

For further information, please, contact:

Mireia Villar Forner, Senior Policy Advisor Crisis Prevention & Recovery, UNDP/UN Office in Brussels; E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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