The Club of Rome organised in cooperation with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation an International Conference on the future of development and development cooperation.
The challenges of international development are profound and interconnected as are the realities, dilemmas and controversies of today’s world.
The very definition of international development as a process of social and economic change is widely debated and contested. From the holistic standpoint of the Club of Rome, development is placed in an interdisciplinary context and its main goal is to improve the quality of life for humans and to provide them with the opportunity to develop their full potential. From the holistic standpoint of the Club of Rome, development is placed in an interdisciplinary context and its main goal is to improve the quality of life for humans and to provide them with the opportunity to develop their full potential.
Nowadays it is becoming increasingly clear that the classical models and strategies of development are destroying the global environment, overusing resources, generating widening disparities and excluding billions from the benefits of progress. This implies that new strategies must be applied in order to lay the foundations of new models of development, globalization and growth including the adaption of the institutional structures, new partnerships and social innovation. The Club of Rome pursues an ambitious aim to contribute to such a breakthrough.
The Bern Conference is a part of the Club of Rome Programme on “A New Path for World Development”. The overall aim of the Conference is to define an integrated strategy for international development in which economic, environmental and development aspects are properly linked, leading to a path of progress which is more equitable, more inclusive and more sustainable. The conference will bring together around 50 participants from all regions of the world. In order to enable in-depth and dynamic discussions the number of participants is restricted and the participation is by invitation only. The Conference is convened by the Club of Rome in partnership with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC. It will be held in Bern on 17-18 November 2010.
On the 18th November conclusions of the event will be presented to the public during a panel discussion. Selected conference speakers will present their view on key issues covered during the meeting.