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Non-discrimination and development event, Brussel

Karel de grote gebouw
datum 1 juni 2012 08:30
plaats Brussel, België
locatie Karel de Grote (CHAR) Toon locatie
aanwezigen L. (Louis) Michel, A. (Andris) Piebalgs e.a.
organisatie Europese Commissie (EC)

The news:

On 1st June, the European Commission, together with representatives from the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States, Members of European Parliament, private sector and NGOs will hold an event to look at how development policy can promote non-discrimination as an asset for development. The meeting will be an important opportunity to engage in a public debate on how development cooperation can be founded on cultural diversity for more open and tolerant societies able to effectively cope with intolerance, including discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation.

The event will be hosted by Development Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs, together with MEP, Michael Cashman, and Hon. Alva Baptiste, St. Lucia's Foreign Minister and current President of the ACP Group of States.

Opening address will be delivered by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights H. E Navi Pillay,and Mr Louis Michel, MEP and Co-President of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly.

The Commission is expected to launch its first ever initiative on promoting non-discrimination in development during the event.

The background:

The Charter of Fundamental Rights, proclaimed in December 2000, reaffirms the European Union's commitment to the principle of non-discrimination.

The principles set out in the Charter should guide the development of policy in the EU and the policy implementation by the national authorities.

The Commission is committed to improve the dialogue and the understanding of partner countries on the fighting against discrimination and intolerance in all of its development policy worldwide. This includes respect of minorities, sexual orientation, freedom of religion and beliefs, indigenous people's rights and respect for the rights of women and girls.

The event:

1 June, 8:30 to 13:00, Charlemagne building, Brussels

To register for a place please contact:

wojtek.talko@ec.europa.eu or + 32 29 94153

Press point: VIP Corner, 11.30-12,00, Berlaymont building

The sources:

Website of DG Development and Co-operation EuropeAid:


Website of the European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs:


The contacts:

Catherine Ray +32 2 296 99 21 catherine.ray@ec.europa.eu

Wojtek Talko +32 2 297 85 51 wojtek.talko@ec.europa.eu




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