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Hearing in the Dutch Parliament: Organising Inclusive Ownership

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Date: 30 May 2011
Time: 16:00 – 18:00
Venue: Dutch Parliament, Kappeijne van de Coppellozaal

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Welcome and Opening by Sjoera Dikkers, MP

Key Note Address by René Castro, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Costa Rica

Panel 1: Relevance of South-South Cooperation

Chair: David Sogge, Independent Consultant

  • Marianella Feoli, Coordinator Partners in South-South Cooperation, Costa Rica
  • Representatives from Bhutan and Benin
  • Roberto Bissio, Coordinator Social Watch
  • René Grotenhuis, Communities of Change, Executive Director Cordaid

Panel 2: South-South cooperation from the Netherlands to Brussels

Chair: Erik Nijland, Capacity Development Coordinator, Hivos

  • Bram van Ojik, Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Netherlands
  • Izabella Toth, Policy Officer, Cordaid (Structured Dialogue participant)

Panel 3: Dutch leadership in a European policy for South-South cooperation

Chair: Mirjam van Reisen, Professor International Social Responsibility and Director EEPA

  • Sjoera Dikkens, MP
  • Kathleen Ferrier, MP
  • Judith Sargentini, MEP
  • Eric Smaling, Senator

Concluding remarks: Mirjam van Reisen, Professor International Social Responsibility and Director EEPA