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24 February 2015

"Sustainable by example" - CONCORD's new measures

To mark the European Year of Development 2015, the CONCORD Secretariat in Brussels has introduced four measures aimed at operating more sustainably.

• Carbon offsetting for air travel
• Recycling and improved sorting of waste
• Reducing meat consumption in our catering policy
• Making our building more sustainable by working with other organisations in Mundo-J

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Military spending in development aid?

France is pushing for security spending to be recognised as development aid, despite criticism from NGOs.

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EDD15: Proposals for sessions and stands

The EU Development Days are taking place on 3-4 June this year. The application deadline is Monday 2 March. See the community guide for more details.

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Event: Dialogue on Food security & PCD

CONCORD is organising a joint event with DG DEVCO today on Food security & Policy Coherence for Development in Brussels.

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"EU's development policy is not charity"

Launching the EYD in Madrid, the EU's foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, says EU development policy is neither charity nor a luxury.

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EU-CELAC Civil Society Forum 2015

Civil society from Europe, Latin America & the Caribbean will meet on 19-20 March in Brussels for a forum co-organised by CONCORD and Mesa.
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10 things the G7 needs to hear on hunger

Read the blog by Laura Sullivan, Vice President of CONCORD, who took part in an event hosted by German NGO Welthungerhilfe in Berlin.
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CONCORD General Assembly - "A new Strategy for a sustainable World"

When: 10-11 June
Where: Brussels

World Vision Report Launch on Violence Against Children

When: 25 February

Where: Brussels

CONCORD roundtable on the mutual engagement between EUDs and CSOs 

When: 26 February
Where: Brussels

EUD group meeting

When: 26 February
Where: CONCORD Office

Launch of CARE report on Gender Inequality and Climate Change

When: 27 February
Where: Brussels

Workshop on Tax avoidance and tax evasion in developing countries

When: 2 March
Where: Brussels

TRIALOG Study Visit to Brussels

When: 2-5 March
Where: Brussels

"Le leggi regionali sulla violenza contro le donne. Analisi comparata"

When: 4 March
Where: Rome

DG Agri - Civil dialogue on CAP

When: 4 March
Where: Brussels

EU Public Conference â€œClosing a protection gap for European children on the move!”

When: 5 March
Where: Brussels

Reframing the message seminar 

When: 5 March
Where: Amsterdam

DevReporter Workshop 

When: 16-17 March
Where: Barcelona

Policy Forum on Development

When: 16-18 March
Where: Brussels

EU Policy Forum on Development

When: 17-18 March
Where: Brussels

CONCORD Policy Forum

When: 18-19 March
Where: Brussels

CONCORD 'How to' membership webinar 

When: 19 March
Where: online

"Promoting the involvement of economic and social actors in development cooperation"

When: 20 March
Where: Brussels

10th Anniversary of the Observatory for Decentralised cooperation EU-Latin America

When: 24 March
Where: Brussels

World Social Forum

When: 24-28 March
Where: Tunis

OECD Global Forum on Development 

When: 1 April
Where: Paris



Update on EYD2015 Subgranting Proposals

CONCORD received over 100 applications. The selection committee is currently reviewing proposals and will communicate results as soon as possible.

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CONCORD Gender WG: Preliminary Recommendations for the new EU Gender Action Plan 2016 – 2020

The current Gender Action Plan (GAP) was designed for the period from 2010 – 2015 with the aim to reinforce EU coordination regarding gender equality policies in development cooperation with partner countries in the interest of having more of an impact on the ground. In the run up to the preparation of the new GAP 2016-2020 the reviews have highlighted the need for building on what it has achieved, as well as taking into account the challenges it encountered. A new GAP is thus needed in order to strengthen the current European approach towards gender in external action in the coming years. CONCORD Gender Working Group is actively following the process and recently published "Preliminary Recommendations for the new EU Gender Action Plan 2016 – 2020".

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Catholic leaders’ statement on conflict minerals - February 2015 update 

Companies are selling products containing natural resources that fuel violence and suffering. The EU has a unique opportunity to help put an end to this with the proposed draft European regulation on conflict minerals. Catholic leaders from all over the world are calling on European Parliamentarians and European governments to rise up to this challenge. The joint statement, first released in October 2014, has continued to gain support among European and other bishops. 125 Church leaders from 37 countries on 5 continents have signed it.

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LADDER - Local Authorities as Drivers for Development Education and Raising awareness 

The first Steering Committee meeting of the partners of the project "LADDER - Local Authorities as Drivers for Development Education and Raising awareness”, led by ALDA, took place in Modena, Italy. Funded by EuropeAid, LADDER is a huge 3-year project aiming at raising awareness and strengthening the capacity of associations of local authorities and CSOs to act in a sustainable way as drivers for development, fostering their role of multipliers within their countries, communities and networks, to develop a multi-level active engagement in global challenges.

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CSOs involved in development with the EU Commissioner Neven Mimica

Civil Society Organitations involved in development with the EU Commissioner Neven Mimica who reaffirmed key role of CSO in policy dialogue.

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CONCORD ITALY Final event of the Italian EU Presidency semester 

CONCORD Europe congratulates CONCORD Italy for the great success of the Italian Presidency in the development cooperation field. The interesting event was held in Rome Thursday 19 February and involved authorities of the Italian Parliament, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and especially the representatives of the Italian NGO Development Cooperation confederation, headed by CONCORD Italy. The topics that were covered during the semester have been migration, policy coherence and the financing framework for SGDs. The event also officially opened the European year form Development EYD2015 in Italy.

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Improved CONCORD's Youtube channel

We've updated our Youtube channel with some new playlists and videos. Subscribe!

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Internship - CIDSE

Country Coordinator in Papua New Guinea - CBM

Finance and Administration Manager - SOLIDAR

Capacity Building Coordinator - Amnesty International EU Office 

EU Funding Traineeship - Plan EU Office

ECHO/EuropeAid Partnership Trainee - Save the Children

Internship EU-LAC Project - IOM

Project Manager - UNCDF

Operation Analyst - UNCDF

Project Officer - YEU


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