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IEDD11 Closing Ceremony Issoufou Quote


									16 December                       Mahamadou Issoufou, President of the Republic of Niger
Warsaw, Poland

                          ‘I came to Warsaw to express the gratitude of Niger for the support
                          we received from the EU . . . [Niger] is going through turbulent times.’
                           ‘European development aid allows us to address all the issues of
                          development, security, and democracy, for which I would like to
                          thank you.’
                          Mr. Issoufou made his comments during the Closing Ceremony of
                          the sixth edition of European Development Days.

What is European Development Days?
Organised by the European Commission and the Presidency of the Council of the European
Union, EDD is Europe's premier forum on international affairs and development cooperation.
EDD has global reach and provides a collaborative platform bringing together thousands of
development advocates, decision-makers and practitioners.

What are the key themes?
'Development and Democracy' is the 2011 edition's main theme and focus. Twenty years ago,
Central and Eastern Europe experienced intense transitions. Last year saw the beginning of
uprisings in Northern Africa and the Middle East. What better time than now to bring together
the development community to take stock, analyse and review the links between political
change and socio-economic progress.

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