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Hotel Leopold

Rue du Luxembourg 35

Brussels, 1050

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The Smart Villages Initiative and the European Academies' Science Advisory Council (EASAC) invite you to join us for a one-day event focusing on "Smart Rural Development: the SDGs and the New European Consensus on Development." The New European Consensus on Development was proposed in November 2016 and the European Parliament adopted its position in February 2017. On 7 June 2017 at European Development Days, the New Consensus was adopted by the EU Institutions and Member States. This New Consensus will play a central role in how the Sustainable Development Goals are approached via EU and Member State policies.

To this end, we aim to gather policymakers, civil society, private sector representatives, researchers, scientists and others for a series of presentations and open discussion under Chatham House Rule regarding the direction of the new consensus and SDGs, particularly focusing on people living in rural areas of developing countries that are at the bottom of the pyramid and part of the "last mile".

From both top-down and bottom-up perspectives from policymakers and practitioners, we hope to move the conversation forward regarding the implementation of the New Consensus and SDGs, ensuring that an integrated and holistic approach to development - with a strong focus on the people most at risk of being "left behind" - is a central part of their implementation.

The event will run from 9am until 6pm with the four excellent panels featured below.

At 6pm, we will be joined by MEP Linda McAvan, Chair of the European Parliament's Development Committee.

Please join us for her key note address and reception from 6pm-7pm.

Please kindly note: we are unable to cover travel costs to attend this event.

Draft agenda

8.00 Welcome and registration

9:00 Start of event: Welcome by Smart Villages Initiative and EASAC and introduction to our work

Panel I: Ambitions and aims for the New European Consensus on Development / SDGs

Format: Key note addresses


- Key note address, Cristina Amaral, Director, EU Liaison Office, FAO, United Nations

- Key note address, Karine Genty, Deputy Head of Unit, C.6, Sustainable Energy and Climate Change, European Commission

- Key note address, Sarah Rinaldi, Acting Head of Unit, B.1, Human rights, Gender, and Democratic Governance, European Commission

- Key note address, Natalia Alonso, Deputy Director of Advocacy & Campaigns, Oxfam EU Advocacy Office

- Key note address, Simon Collings, ‎Energy 4 Impact, Director of Learning and Innovation

- Key note address, Andrew Bradley, Director, Office of International IDEA to the EU

- Discussion

11.30 Coffee break

Panel II: Voices from the villages – What do people at the bottom of the pyramid need from the SDGs / New European Consensus?

Format: Individual presentations


- Latin America: Karl Kolmsee, Smart Hydro Power / Alliance for Rural Electrification

- West Africa: Louis Seck, Country Manager, Energy 4 Impact; Mayor; Senegal’s Former Renewable Energy Minister

- Indonesia: Tri Mumpuni, Executive Director, IBEKA

- Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia: Tariq Zaman, UNIMAS, and Ezra Uda, Penan Community Representative, P.A.D.E Penan Sarawak Organisation

- East Africa (via teleconference): Andrew Mnzava, program manager for the Lighting Tanzania program, International Finance Corporation

- Discussion

Lunch – 1:15pm-2pm

Panel III: Voices from the private sector, science, and civil society

Format: Moderated panel discussion


- Michael Hailu, CTA (Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation)

- Alexander Brummeler, Azuri Technologies

- Hanna Saarinen, Investment in Agriculture Policy Advisor, Oxfam EU

- Christina Moberg, EASAC

- Joop Hazenberg, GSMA

- Rita Poppe, ENERGIA / Hivos

- Discussion

3:45pm Coffee break

Panel IV: Roundtable discussion: Moving together towards the SDGs


This will be a discussion during which policymakers, civil society, researchers / scientists, and the private sector can have an open discussion about the SDGs / New European Consensus.

5-minute statements from a range of stakeholders in response to the question “From your perspective, what is the one thing we must do to ensure the SDGs are achieved?”, followed by a discussion in plenary:

- Sally Nicholson, Head of Development Policy and Finance, WWF European Policy Office

- Franziska Bertz, DEVCO B.1 Human Rights, Gender, Democratic Governance

- Claudia Boldrini and Georgios Grapsas, DEVCO C.6 Sustainable Energy and Climate Change, European Commission

- Ben Campbell, Department of Anthropology, Durham University, UK and LCEDN National Coordinator

- Ezra Uda, Penan Community Representative, P.A.D.E Penan Sarawak Organisation

- Iskander Kuntoadji, IBEKA Co-Founder

Post-event Reception with Key Note Address by MEP Linda McAvan, Chair, Development Committee, European Parliament

6-7pm, Hotel Leopold

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Rue du Luxembourg 35

Brussels, 1050

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