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Dr. Denis Mukwege, born in March 1955 in Bukavu, the Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), studied gynaecology and obstetrics in France. When he returned home in 1989, he set up a gynaecology...
Dr. Denis Mukwege, born in March 1955 in Bukavu, the Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), studied gynaecology and obstetrics in France. When he returned home in 1989, he set up a gynaecology department at a hospital in Lemera, the largest hospital in South Kivu.
In October 1996, the hospital was destroyed and patients murdered in the conflict that swept across the Eastern Congo. Mukwege was forced to flee to Bukuvu, where he continued to serve the health needs of the poor and led efforts to set up a maternity ward at Panzi Hospital, established in 1998.
During his practice, he observed that increasingly, the women seeking medical help at the hospital had been brutally raped. This region of the DRC has been ravaged by war for more almost two decades. Hundreds of thousands of women and girls have been raped or mutilated.
Under Mukwege’s leadership and vision, Panzi Hospital has become a leading centre for healing physical injuries as well as the deep psychological and social wounds caused by sexual violence. The free care and psychosocial support is the cornerstone of recovery.
Mukwege is working in partnership with local organisations to develop awareness campaigns and trains nurses, midwives and doctors to improve the first-line treatment delivery to women and girls who have been sexually assaulted.
In 2008, he was awarded the OIof Palme Prize and the United Nations Human Rights Prize, which he has been using to travel around the world to tell the stories of these women and girls and to raise awareness about the use of rape as a weapon of war.
He was awarded the 2010–2011 King Baudouin International Development Prize, which recognises individuals or organisations in Africa that make an important difference in peace and development.
He was awarded the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought by the European Parliament in 2014, which honours individuals or organisations for their efforts on behalf of human rights and fundamental freedoms.
Mukwege plans to set up an integrated healthcare system in Eastern DRC, which he hopes will turn around the violence and chaos in the region. He will give a Special Address before the session A Climate Change Agreement: Towards Paris and Beyond, on Thursday, 4 June, Auditorium B, 11:30-13:00.
The 2015 edition of European Development Days (#EDD15) is only two weeks away. Due to numerous demands, registration will stay open until 25 May, 23:59...
The 2015 edition of European Development Days (#EDD15) is only two weeks away. Due to numerous demands, registration will stay open until 25 May, 23:59!
Fill-out the registration form now and secure your place at the flagship event of the European Year for Development (EYD2015). Once your registration is approved, you will receive a final EDD15 registration confirmation message with a barcode. At this stage, you will also be able to download the EDD15 app and see who else is coming to the forum.
Register as soon as possible to ensure that you have ample time to prepare your visit. We invite you to check the Agenda Overview to see which are the most interesting sessions for you to attend. Do not miss the chance to participate in debates that include Jean-Claude Juncker, Melinda Gates or Martin Schulz!
Join us and make your voice heard on 3-4 June!
Phil Hogan is an Irish conservative politician who was nominated as European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development in September 2014. His designated responsibilities by...
Phil Hogan is an Irish conservative politician who was nominated as European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development in September 2014. His designated responsibilities by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker include issues related to food security, sustainable development of Europe’s agriculture and the well-being of rural areas. He is responsible for:
Hogan was a Teachta Dála (Member of Parliament) for the Carlow–Kilkenny constituency from 1989 to 2014, and was the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government from March 2011 to July 2014.
Born in Kilkenny in 1960, he was educated at St. Joseph's College; Freshford, St. Kieran's College in Kilkenny and University College Cork where he qualified with a bachelor of arts degree and a higher diploma in education.
Hogan was a member of Kilkenny County Council from 1982 to 2003. He was Chairman of the Council in 1985 to 1986 and 1989 to 1990. He was a member of the South-Eastern Health Board from 1991 to 1999. Hogan was elected to Seanad Éireann (the Irish senate) by the Industrial and Commercial Panel, and served from 1987 and 1989. He acted as Fine Gael spokesperson on Justice and Industry and Commerce in the upper house of the Oireachtas. At the 1989 general election Hogan was elected to Dáil Éireann (the Irish legislature).
Between December 1994 and February 1995 Hogan served as Minister of State at the Department of Finance with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works. He then became chairman of the Fine Gael parliamentary party, a position he held until 2001. Following the 2011 general election, Hogan was appointed Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government.
In January 2015, Hogan attended International Green Week in Berlin, known as the ‘Davos of agriculture’, where he spoke about innovation and knowledge sharing, as well as about the importance of agriculture to growth and jobs, and opening up new markets around the world.
He will participate in the High-Level Panel, Feeding the Planet Together, Wednesday 3 June 2015, Auditorium A, 14:00-15:30.
Melinda Gates is an American businesswoman and philanthropist. She cofounded the Bill &Melinda Gates Foundation with her husband,...
Gates, born in 1964, in Dallas, Texas, studied computer science and economics at Duke University, receiving her masters of business administration in 1987. She joined Microsoft in 1987 and rose to become general manager of information products. She married Bill Gates in 1994. In 1996, she left the company to concentrate on her family and on the couple’s charitable work.
Together with her husband, Gates initiated her charitable endeavours in 1994. Their first effort, the William H. Gates Foundation, pursued global health programmes and projects in the Pacific Northwest. In 1999 they launched the Gates Learning Foundation focusing on bringing Internet technology to public libraries. Next came the Gates Millennium Scholars programme (1999), which directed US$1 billion towards minority study grants. The couple consolidated their charitable interests in 2000 as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
In 2006, they were awarded Spain’s Prince of Asturias Award for International Cooperation. In June 2006, Warren Buffett announced his plan to direct some US$30 billion of his fortune to the Gates Foundation. By 2006, the Foundation was by far the world’s largest. Counting Buffett’s pledge, its assets would total an estimated US$60 billion in the next 20 years.
The Foundation has been reorganized into three divisions: global health (including nutrition), global development, and community and education causes in the United States. Through these changes, the foundation underscored its commitment to solving health problems around the world, with particular emphasis on developing treatments and vaccines for malaria, HIV/AIDS, and tuberculosis; controlling insects that transmit diseases; and developing superfoods in the fight against malnutrition.
In 2011, the Foundation revised its mission as: ‘Improving equity in four areas: global health, education, access to digital information via public libraries and support for at-risk families in the Washington State and Oregon in the US. In 2012 Gates pledged US$560 million toward improving access to contraception for women in developing countries
The Foundation reaches out to other organizations, firms and countries to help underwrite its programmes. This collaborative approach evokes an African proverb cited by Gates and others at the Foundation: ‘If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go with others.’
Gates will participate in the Opening Ceremony of European Development Days, on Wednesday 3 June, Auditorium A, 11:00-12:30. She will then join Neven Mimica, EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, at a Special Event on Nutrition, 12:30-13:00, also in Auditorium A.
The Foundation first participated in EDD in 2009, represented by Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the then-President of the Global Development Programme, who is currently serving as the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services.
Cecilia Malmström has served as EU Commissioner for Trade since 2014, having previously served as European Commissioner for Home Affairs from 2010 to 2014. In 1999, Malmström, a member...
Cecilia Malmström has served as EU Commissioner for Trade since 2014, having previously served as European Commissioner for Home Affairs from 2010 to 2014. In 1999, Malmström, a member of the Liberal People’s Party, was elected as a Member of European Parliament (MEP) for Sweden and was re-elected in 2004.
During her tenure as MEP, she served on the Committees on Foreign Affairs, Constitutional Affairs, the Internal Market and Consumer Protection and also on the subcommittees for Human Rights and Security & Defence. She was also vice chair of the Parliament's delegations to Hungary and Croatia before they joined the European Union. In 2009, the Swedish government nominated Malmström as the country's next European Commissioner.
In his Mission Letter to Trade Commissioner Malmström, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker requested her to focus on several tasks, including:
Malmström was born in 1968 in Stockholm and grew up in Gothenburg and in France, where she studied literature in 1987 at the University of Paris. She was a student at the University of Gothenburg from 1992-1999: assistant researcher (1994); PhD in political science; and was a senior lecturer at the Department of Political Science at the University of Gothenburg (1998‑1999). She has researched and taught in European politics, regionalism, immigration, and terrorism. Malmström is also the author of several books.
She will participate in the session, Trade for Inclusive and Sustainable Growth, Wednesday, 3 June, Auditorium A, 16:00-17:30.
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Sam Kahamba Kutesa was elected President of the United Nations General Assembly’s 69th session on 11 June 2014. At the time of his election, he was serving as Uganda’s...
Sam Kahamba Kutesa was elected President of the United Nations General Assembly’s 69th session on 11 June 2014. At the time of his election, he was serving as Uganda’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, a post he held since 2005. A lawyer, parliamentarian and businessman, Kutesa brings to the position wide-ranging experience in international affairs.
During his tenure as Foreign Minister, Uganda has hosted high-level meetings of key intergovernmental bodies. From 2011 to 2014, he chaired the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region’s Inter-Ministerial Committee that deals with challenges such as consolidating peace and stability in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, promoting transparency in the exploitation and sale of natural resources, and countering sexual and gender-based violence.
As Foreign Minister of Uganda, Kutesa has played a key role in regional peace processes in the Sudan, South Sudan and Somalia. In Parliament, Kutesa contributed to drafting a new constitution. He has served as Minister of State for Finance, Planning and Economic Development.
In March 2015 he hosted the UN High-Level Thematic Debate on Advancing Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women and Girls for a Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda. He has stressed the need for empowering women, and guaranteeing their land-ownership, inheritance rights and access to lines of credit, as critical to sustainable development.
Born in Uganda on 1 February 1949, Kutesa holds an Honours Degree in Law from Makerere University and is an advocate of the High Court of Uganda.
Kutesa will participate in the Closing Ceremony of European Development Days, ‘From Development Aid to International Cooperation’ on Thursday 4 June, Auditorium A, 17:30-19:00.
As the new Chair of the Committee on Development of the European Parliament, Linda McAvan is working to shape the EU’s position on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. McAvan will attend the UN...
As the new Chair of the Committee on Development of the European Parliament, Linda McAvan is working to shape the EU’s position on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. McAvan will attend the UN Summit in New York in September on the post-2015 development agenda. She will also be heavily involved in coordinating the EU’s position at the UN climate change negotiations in Paris in December.
She worked on the EU’s response to the Ebola crisis, pushing for greater coordination as well as raising funds for Doctors without Borders. McAvan is also the founder and chair of the European Parliament’s Fairtrade Working Group.
In her region, McAvan has worked to ensure that Yorkshire and the Humber is leading the UK in tackling climate change with ambitious plans for cleaning up coal-fired power stations and heavy industry.
Linda McAvan, born in 1962 in Yorkshire, United Kingdom, is the Labour Member of European Parliament (MEP) for Yorkshire and The Humber, and Chair of the European Parliament’s International Development Committee. She was first elected as an MEP in 1998 and is now one of the longest-serving Labour MEPs.
McAvan sits in the Socialist and Democrat (S&D) Group in the European Parliament. Having previously served as the S&D coordinator on the Committee for the Environment, Food Safety and Public Health, she was appointed as the Chair of the European Parliament’s Committee for International Development following the 2014 election.
McAvan has been a Labour Party member since 1980. She has a long background of working on EU affairs in Brussels, from 1984 to 1991. She is Vice President of the Labour Campaign for International Development. From 1999 to 2004, McAvan was Deputy Leader of the European Parliamentary Labour Party and represented the Socialist Group on the Convention on the Future of Europe. In 2002, she was voted British European Woman of the Year for her efforts to engage women in the future of Europe and from 2004 to 2009, she was Vice President of the Socialist Group.
McAvan led the S&D group on the European Emissions Trading System. She was the European Parliament’s Rapporteur on pharmacovigilance (drug safety). She was also the Rapporteur for the Tobacco Products Directive, designed to make smoking less attractive to young people.
Linda McAvan will participate in the session ‘Social enterprise: stemming the tide on income inequality' and in the EDD15 Closing Panel, From Development Aid to International Cooperation, on 4 June.