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High-level conference on development: “G20 development: solutions for a new world"

Published on October 7, 2011
Statement by the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs Spokesman

Paris, October 6 , 2011

On the eve of the G20 summit under France’s presidency, the Minister responsible for Cooperation, M. Henri de Raincourt, is convening a high-level conference on development, in Paris on Friday, 21 October 2011.

This high-level conference, which will be held at the Ministerial Conference Centre, will focus on three objectives:

- mobilizing civil society in support of development;

- discussing the proposals made by the G20 development meeting held in Washington on 23 September;

- launching an open debate on the challenges of cooperation between governments, international organizations and civil society.

In the context of the Arab Spring and the international economic crisis, the development of the southern countries is taking on a dimension that goes beyond the need for solidarity alone and must seek to play its full part in achieving sustainable and balanced global growth.

This conference follows on from the four G20 ministerial meetings organized under France’s presidency: the G20 agriculture, development, employment and finance meetings.

The debates will focus on four thematic workshops structured around the proposals of the G20 development meeting:

- food security;
- investment in infrastructure;
- the social dimension of globalization;
- innovative financing for development.

This conference is open to the press. Participants can register here:

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