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Are all local communities created equal? Published o n 0 7 July 20 10

Representatives f rom UNESCO and the international education sector will come together at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on T hursday July 22 to discuss international development and the centrality of education and gender equality after disaster and conflict at this year’s Aid & International Development Forum (AIDF) in Washington D.C. According to Dr. M. J. Ebenhack, session panellist and President of AHEAD Energy: “About 1.5 billion people lack access to electricity, and around 2.5 billion people rely on traditional biomass as their primary source of energy. T here is a growing consensus that the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) cannot be f ully met without greater access to af f ordable, reliable, clean energy.” Paul Perjes, CEO of Perjes Production and Educational Products World, will be moderating the session. He will be joined by Dr. Reza Samarbasksh, Senior Education Programme Of f icer f or UNESCO Tehran Cluster Of f ice, and John Gillies, Vice President and Interim Director f or the Global Education Center at the Academy f or Educational Development (AED). T he two-day event will f eature a number of workshop sessions addressing key issues outlined in the Millennium Development Goals such as climate change, combating inf ectious diseases, education and gender equality and logistics and procurement. Keynote speakers include Hansjoerg Strohmeyer, Chief of Policy and Development Branch f or the UN OCHA, and Johnston Barkat, United Nations Ombudsman. T here will be meeting areas on the f loor as many people will arrange appointments using the

meetings arrangement service prior to the event, and many discussions f rom the workshops will continue. As well as workshop sessions, there will also be a procurement network examining how business can best work with NGO, UN and government entities. Participants will discuss policy, the needs of the sectors, and exchange best practice at the same place that they can see, touch and experience products central to delivery. An ‘Experiential Z one’ will demonstrate the use of equipment in a f ew dif f erent scenarios (i.e. post earthquake in an arid area in the summer, post f lood in a tropical area in the wet season etc.). T his area will have guided tours three times a day. AIDF will hold a networking cocktail reception f rom 6-8pm on T hursday 22nd July and a networking breakf ast sponsored by Inmarsat on Friday 23rd.Please contact AIDF if you are interested in attending. Now in its f if th year, this event is a worthwhile opportunity f or the aid, relief and development sector to network, build partnerships and address global humanitarian and development challenges, as well as showcasing goods and services to those who are responsible f or delivery. Registration is f ree to non-commercial organizations. More inf ormation, including the workshop agenda, speaker and exhibitor lists and registration details can be f ound at www.aidf Aid & International Development Forum 2010 partners include InterAction, IPOA, World Bank Publications and RedR UK.

Information for Editors about the Aid & International Development Forum T he Aid & International Development Forum (previously International Aid & Trade) has been the world's leading f orum f or humanitarian relief prof essionals to cement relationships, build partnerships, gain understanding and share experiences. Having been acquired by Henley Media Group in 2005, International Aid & Trade ran in Geneva in 2006, 2007 and 2008. In 2009 the event moved to Washington D.C., in partnership with InterAction, the largest coalition of U.S.-based international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). Facts & Figures T here will be over 1600 visitors and in the region of 120 exhibitors, 100 of which will be

businesses, 20 of which will be NGOs, UN and Government stands For lists of speakers, exhibitors and the workshop agenda, please use the f ollowing links: Speakers: http://www.aidf Workshop Agenda: http://www.aidf Exhibitors: http://www.aidf

Contacts Diva Rodriguez, Communications, Email: drodriguez@aidf Andrew Matthewson, Sales Manager, Email: sales@aidf Telephone +44 (0) 20 7871 0188

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