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Brussels, 5 May: Lunch-Time Conference to mark World AIDS Orphans Day

logoEuropeAid • World AIDS Orphans Day 7 May
Your voice their future: Case studies from Burkina Faso and Congo

Lunch-Time Conference. External Cooperation Infopoint, Thursday 5th May 2011, 12.30-14.00

This session will highlight the situation for the growing number of children orphaned by AIDS, now reaching 16.6 million children. 

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Brussels, 19 April: “ILO Decent Work response to the situation in North Africa and the Horn of Africa” - briefing

INVITATION TO A BRIEFING: “ILO Decent Work response to the situation in North Africa and the Horn of Africa”, and “Employment for Peace, Stability and Development in the Horn of Africa”.

When?

19 April, 13:30-14.30
 
Where?

UNRIC, Meeting room, 8th floor, 155 rue de la Loi/Wetstraat 155 Entrance block C2
 
Who?

  • Jürgen Schwettmann, ILO Deputy Regional Director, ILO Regional Office for Africa.
  • Rudi Delarue, Director, ILO Office for the European Union and the Benelux Countries.


What?

According to ILO analysis, the events in North Africa were heavily triggered by the high incidence of youth unemployment, the lack of democratic governance and change, unchallenged by a civil society which is often weak and dispersed, and by social partners that were not fully independent from government, and the absence of social justice in the distribution of wealth and income. These root causes have to be addressed by both short-term measures and longer term reforms that can produce better outcomes in terms of jobs, social protection, addressing inequalities, rights and governance.

In addition to the ILO response in North Africa, Mr Schwettmann will also present the ILO regional strategy on “Employment for Peace, Stability and Development in the Horn of Africa”. Despite major challenges such as conflict and insecurity, food scarcity and poverty, high-level of unemployment and significant economic migration), the Horn of Africa is witnessing signs of hope.

The presentation will be in English. Questions and answers:  English, French or Dutch. Possibility of one-on-one interviews.
 
Thanks for confirming your presence to Jean-Luc Onckelinx: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  (+32 476/215 485) or Quinten Lataire This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (+32 (0)2.736.59.42)

Panel discussion on the UN Conference on Least Developed Countries, Brussels, 3 May 2011

INVITATION TO A PANEL DISCUSSION

 
The UN Conference on Least Developed Countries will take place in Istanbul from 9 to 13 May 2011. The 48 countries group includes 33 in sub-Saharan Africa and outlying islands, 14 in South Asia and Oceania, and one (Haiti) in the Caribbean.
 
Despite strong economic growths rates in recent years, three quarters of the men, women and children in least developed countries lived on less than $2 a day, causing great harm to their health, well-being and development.  To make matters worse, recent global food price hikes threatened to create a new food crisis in those nations, where the poorest people often spent three quarters of their income on food.
 
Fourth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries - logoWhat is the current situation of the Least Developed Countries? With world leaders meeting next week in Istanbul, what are the expectations? How committed is Europe? What does the ACP Group anticipate?
 
The panel discussion will give an overview of the challenges that will be raised during the conference. This discussion is jointly organized by the ACP secretariat, the IOF and UNRIC.
 
Who? 

  • Ambassador Bocar Ba of Mali, Chairman of the ACP Working Group on LDCs meeting.
  • Louis Michel, MEP, and member of the Group of Eminent Persons appointed  by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to examine development problems faced by Least Developed Countries.
    (read Mr. Michel's speech in French)
  • Charles Gore, Head, Research and Policy Analysis Branch, Division for Africa, Least Developed Countries and Special Programmes at UNCTAD.
    (read Mr. Gore's speech)
  • Pietro Sicuro, Permanent representative, International Organisation of La Francophonie (IOF).
  • Simon Stocker, Secretary-General of EUROSTEP (member of CONCORD).

 
The panel members will give short 10 minutes introductions followed by a debate moderated by Janos Tisovszky, Deputy Director, UNRIC.

LDC event in Brussels


 
When? 3 May 2011, 10.30-12.30

 
Where?  ACP Secretariat, Avenue Georges Henri 451, 1200 Brussels 

 
Language of presentations: English and French with interpretation. 

For more information: Alexandra Froger, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Tel. +32 2 788 84 61 or Jean-Luc Onckelinx This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Tel. +32 476 215 485 
 
 

CINE-ONU, Brussels, 12 April: Screening of REDLIGHT

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To mark the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery, the United Nations in partnership with the Goethe Institute invites you to the screening of REDLIGHT on Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at 6.30 pm.

The documentary Redlight, directed by Guy Jacobson and Adi Ezroni, set in Cambodia, tells the story of Sokha, kidnapped and forced to work in a brothel, and her brave sister Reena; of Srey Preuv, who has been sold by her mother and of other trafficking victims. Mu Sochua and Somaly Mam, two women who have experienced violence themselves in their lives, are fighting for justice. It is too easy for criminals to buy their way out of a trial or out of prison. And as the case of Srey shows, sometimes even the families of the victims don't protect them. The filmmakers Guy Jacobson and Adi Ezroni won the prestigious Global Hero Award for their work in Cambodia. To make this film possible, Guy hired 40 bodyguards with automatic machine guns to protect his film crew and then ventured into the most dangerous parts of Cambodia's Red Light District, even shooting scenes inside the brothels.

The film will be followed by Q & A session with Pierette Pape (European Women's Lobby), Andrea Matolcsi (MONA Foundation for the Women of Hungary) and Pablo Espiniella (Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights). Janos Tisovszky, UNRIC Deputy Director, will moderate the discussion.

There is no entrance fee, but as places are limited, we kindly ask you to register in advance by sending and e-mail with the subject "CINE-ONU" to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . NO registration e-mails will be accepted after Monday, 11 April, 5:30pm. If you do not receive a confirmation of your registration via e-mail, please contact us again.

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NB: The film is in Central Khmer and English with English subtitles. The debate will be held in English. The film has a runtime of 75 minutes.

 

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Goethe-Institut Brüssel
Rue Belliard/Belliardstraat 58
1040 Brussels, Belgium

 

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