The  conference Development and Democracy is taking place on the October 27, 2016.


Ministry of Foreign and the European Affairs of the Slovak republic and Palugyay Palace

Hlboká cesta 2

811 04 Bratislava 

Slovak Republic



Sustainable World with No One Left Behind

08:00 – 09:00 REGISTRATION


Lukáš Parízek, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic
Lenka Surotchak, Director, Pontis Foundation

09:15 – 10:30 PLENARY SESSION: Revision of the EU Development Policy – How to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals?

The year 2015 was an important milestone in international development. After the commitments taken at the conferences in Addis Ababa, New York and Paris, now it is time to deliver. Agenda 2030 and the adoption of SDGs have been an impetus to revise the European Consensus on Development. Public consultation launched by the EC provided space to different stakeholders to express their views on the Agenda 2030 and future of EU development policy. Policy coherence for development as one of the “beyond-aid issues” is considered to be inevitable to achieve the SDGs. It requires a strong engagement and ownership from a variety of actors who do not necessarily deal with development policy issues. Clear strategy, leadership and proper coordination between ministries and agencies as well as dialogue with the civil society organisations, private sector, research institutions, the EU and the OECD may help to promote a shared agenda for coherent policies that support global development agenda for the benefit of all. What is the role of the Civil Society in promoting and implementing 2030 agenda? How can we make sure the SDGs are achieved by 2030 so that our planet is preserved for future generations? How to create synergies across government departments to minimize adverse impact of the non-aid policies on developing countries?

Moderator: Natalia Alonso, Deputy Director of Advocacy & Campaigns, Oxfam International


Lukáš Parízek, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic
Cihan Sultanoğlu, Regional Centre UNDP and CIS
Seamus Jeffreson, Executive Director of CONCORD

10:30 – 11:00 COFFEE BREAK

11:00 – 12:30 PLENARY SESSION: How can development cooperation and humanitarian assistance work better together to address current migration and security challenges? 

According to the estimates of the UNHCR and the IOM in 2015 an unprecedented one million people were forced to flee to Europe due to persecution, conflict and poverty. The Slovak Presidency of the Council of the EU intends to encourage sustainable EU migration and asylum policies also by cooperation with third countries and solidarity. EU Member States call for the importance to create better linkages between development cooperation and humanitarian aid. Agenda 2030 provides an impetus so look on the challenges in a complex manner and also to address them in this way. At the beginning of June the European Commission published a communication on establishing a new Partnership Framework with third countries under the European Agenda on Migration. One of the key elements is to reach comprehensive partnerships (compacts) with third countries to better manage migration in full respect of our humanitarian and human rights obligations. To tackle root causes of migration in the countries of origin, an ambitious External Investment Plan is foreseen. What are the steps needed to better link development cooperation and humanitarian aid? How can we better adjust EU financial instruments to tackle the migration challenges? What partnerships are needed to deliver on the commitments done at the World Humanitarian Summit?

Moderator: Eva Svoboda, Research Fellow, ODI


Jean-Louis De Brouwer, Deputy Director-General and Director for “Migration and frontiers” at the Direction-General “Justice, freedom and security”, European Commission
Michal Mlynár, Director General, Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, Slovakia
Alaa Murabit, Voice of Lybian Women, UN Sustainable Development Goals Global Advocate
Michal Vašečka, Faculty of Social Science, Masaryk University in Brno (TBC)
Zuzana Števulová, Director, Human Rights League

12:30 – 13:30 LUNCH


Roundtable A: Innovations for positive social and environmental change in the developing world

Technology and innovations is a fundamental tool to implement the new Sustainable Development Agenda, as it allows improving efficiency in economic, social and environmental spheres, developing new and more sustainable ways to satisfy human needs, and empowering people to drive their own future. SDGs framework reflects it in Goal 17 but it is essential as a cross-cutting issue to achieve several sectoral Goals and Targets. Fostering innovation is part of Goal 9 related to resilient infrastructure and inclusive, sustainable industrialisation, while Target 9.5 elevates the role of research and innovation policy well beyond STI as one of the Means of Implementation. The new technologies and mechanisms have been growing both in terms of their market size, their operations and the way they serve those in developing countries. In recent years many countries have benefited from an upsurge in internet connectivity, the rise of citizen engagement in demands for good governance, digital activism and community-centred development. Responding to such trends, governments are developing new open government policies and opening their data. Many of them have started this process, including as part of the Open Government Partnership and are facing challenges in achieving the desired outcomes: services tailored to the needs of citizens, lower misuse of and barriers to access public resources and decision-making, higher diversity and more competition in the private sector, and an overall better informed society. What is the role as a driver of innovation, entrepreneurship and social change around the world? How to engage social innovators, entrepreneurs, citizens and non-profit organisations make better use of information and communication technologies in their work? How the new technologies influence good governance? Do the new technologies increase public understanding of administration of public matters? Are the governments open to using data recieved from public initiatives to improve the services?

Moderator: Rastislav Vrbenský, UNDP


Ken Banks, Founder of
Jan Hargas,
Cristina Navarrete, Worldbank (TBC)
Lejla Sadiku, UNDP Regional Hub

Roundtable B: Visegrad Partners and Western Balkan CSOs for Development

In the coming years, Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia and Albania will need to develop mechanisms and define its policy and development cooperation and humanitarian aid and take 30 chapters of the acquis communautaire concerning the EU’s external relations and responsibility for global development. As in the past Europe, the involvement of Balkan NGOs in this process will be essential. Organizations in the Visegrad countries just recently went through similar processes and prepared for the implementation of development projects, educational activities and were involved in building first mechanisms for advocacy activities with local governments and the EU. The roundtable will focus on interconnecting NGOs in the Western Balkans with organizations in those EU countries which recently went through similar processes, discuss experiences and challenges in setting up development cooperation structures and mechanisms for advocacy with national governments and the EU.

Moderator: Ulrike Bei, Horizont 3000


Ilina Nesik, Balkan Civil Society Network, Macedonia
Dorian Jano, Marin Barleti University, Albania
Goran Mitrovic, Association Peoples Parliament, Serbia
Shpend Emini, Democracy for Development, Kosovo
Štěpán Šantrůček, Česká rozvojová agentura (TBC)
Other V4 representatives (TBC)

Roundtable C: How to make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

The urban population has grown at an unprecedented speed in the past fifty years and the growth rate is only expected to continue. By 2050, 66% of the global population will live in cities, which means 2 billion people more than today. People are drawn to cities for a range of reasons, but ultimately they move in search of a better life. Megacities are growing fast, but the most significant growth takes place in secondary cities and informal settlements (slums). All cities face challenges and opportunities which must now be addressed. The world countries reacted to this development by introducing Agenda 2030 (the SDGs) and New Urban Agenda (Habitat III). The question is how to assure the implementation of these policies in the current context? How should the EU contribute to the implementation of these policies? How to address this challenge, in order to make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable?

Moderator: Deepali Sood, Director of Partnerships, Habitat for Humanity International EMEA


Elena Szolgayová, Director General for Housing Policy and Urban Development in the Ministry of Transport, Construction and Regional Development of the Slovak Republic;  Chair of the UNECE Committee on Housing and Land Management and member of the Bureau of the Preparatory Committee for HABITAT III
Crystal West, Advocacy Manager, Habitat for Humanity South Africa
František Kubeš, Head of Urban Policy Unit, Regional Policy Department, Ministry of Regional Development, Czech Republic
Tamzin Hudson, Advocacy Specialist, Habitat for Humanity International EMEA



Alaa Murabit, Voice of Lybian Women, UN Sustainable Development Goals Global Advocate



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