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Monday, 10 December 2018
From today onwards, GÉANT2, Europe’s world-class research networking infrastructure, will use pulsed light (photons), rather than electrons, to carry huge volumes of research data faster than ever before. Dark fibre-optic cables offering a performance of up to 320 Gigabit per second are lit to process data for advanced applications such as high-energy physics experiments or to connect radio telescopes worldwide. Europe’s research network will thereby supply unprecedented computing power to an estimated 3 million users from over 3 500 academic institutions in 34 countries across Europe. Compared with similar research networks in the US or in Asia, GÉANT2 innovates by seamlessly combining dark fibre with more traditional broadband technology, notably to supply research networking services to schools, via its partner networks.
The European Commission has announced the ways in which it intends to keep Europe at the forefront of the fast-moving field of nanotechnology in a safe and responsible way. Applications of nanotechnology - activities at the level of atoms and molecules - are bringing a range of benefits including more effective ways of delivering drugs to treat diseases, faster computer processors and more efficient solar cells. An action plan proposes measures to be taken at national and European level to strengthen research in this area and develop useful products and services.
Tuesday, 14 June 2005
The world's richest countries agreed to write off the debt owed by 18 mainly African countries.
Mr Blair will hold talks in Luxembourg whose presidency of the EU the UK will take over in July. Under the package agreed by G8 finance ministers meeting in London on Saturday, the world's richest countries said they would write off the $40bn (£22bn; 33bn euros) debt owed to them.
The World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the African Development Fund will immediately write off 100% of the money owed them by nations including Benin, Bolivia, Ethiopia and Ghana. The end will not be achieved until we have the complete package... of debt cancellation, doubling of aid, and trade justice

Singer Bob Geldof, who has organised the global Live 8 concerts to highlight global poverty and put pressure on the G8 to act, hailed the deal as "the beginning". But he added: "The end will not be achieved until we have the complete package... of debt cancellation, doubling of aid, and trade justice."
Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a veteran of the fight against apartheid in South Africa, said: "It is a splendid start and one hopes that they will, from here, go on to cancel all debt for most of the countries - I gather it is about 62 countries - who are heavily indebted."
The Commission on Women and Development is an advisory body created by the Royal Decree of 14 December 1994 as a consultative body on matters of gender equality.
The Commission resorts under the Ministry of Development Cooperation and is composed of French-speaking and Dutch-speaking representatives of federations of development NGOs, women’s councils and inter-university councils (VLIR/CIUF), representatives of the DGDC, and ten experts, co-opted for their competence in the area of gender analysis.
The Commission on Women and Development was created to support and enhance the awareness of equal opportunities for women and men in the formulation and implementation of the Belgian policy on development cooperation. As an advisory body, it can formulate recommendations, both on request and on its own initiative, as well as organise specific awareness-raising events.
Sunday, 12 June 2005
EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson will participate in the African Union Trade Ministers’ meeting on the WTO Doha Round of trade negotiations in Cairo, Egypt on 8th June. Commissioner Mandelson will reinforce the EU’s commitment to the development goals of the Doha Round, which he will argue can be “the round for Africa”. On top of recent initiatives by the EU to shape the development aspects of the round with new commitments to flexible treatment and tariff and quota-free market access for the poorest countries, Commissioner Mandelson will today urge African Trade Ministers to back new rules for trade facilitation that could dramatically increase developing countries’ capacity to trade. He will also call for strong backing for trade facilitation efforts through EU and G8 aid for trade assistance.
Commissioner Mandelson will call for African states to back trade facilitation negotiations in Geneva in which the EU has worked hard to broker agreement on new and better rules for customs procedures. Reforming customs systems boosts developing country revenues, attracts investment and improves the speed with which goods can be brought to market. Commissioner Mandelson will commit the EU to increasing Africa’s capacity to trade through trade development assistance. He will also call for the G8 to commit to increases in trade assistance by backing a substantial aid for trade initiative at their Summit in July. He said: “Trade is the engine of economic growth. In expanding trade we must also ensure that developing countries are able to participate in these opportunities.”

Shaping the “Round for Africa”

The EU has led the way in shaping a package of development priorities for the Doha round:
- The EU will not push for tariff cuts for weak and vulnerable countries as part of the Doha Round. This will allow least developed countries to open sensitive sectors at a pace determined by their development needs. Commissioner Mandelson has called for WTO negotiators to reach early agreement on the exact form such special and differential treatment may take.
- The EU has called for accelerated Doha Round agreements on reducing support for cotton producers in industrialised countries and fair rules for African prodcuers.
- The EU is reviewing its rules of origin to make it easier for developing countries to exploit market access to the EU.
- The Commission has called on the G8 to provide much higher levels of trade development assistance. It has also called on all other developed countries to extend quota and tariff free access to all least-developed countries as the EU does under its Everything But Arms preferential access scheme.