Key messages from Groupe URD’s 20th anniversary, 2013
13/06/2013To celebrate 20 years of commitment, Groupe URD organised two days of rich and friendly debates in May 2013, during which nearly 80 participants gathered to exchange ideas and make friends. The rules of the game were simple: go back to the past to shed light on the future, focus on the essential, think differently to be proactive. Whether they were members of NGOs (Médecins du Monde, Action contre la Faim, French Red Cross, Handicap International, Secours Islamique France, etc.), representatives of the French public authorities (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, French Development Agency), the European Commission or the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs, researchers from the American University, representatives of United Nations agencies, etc., all had to discuss the same difficulties encountered in the crisis areas to seek together ways of improving for the future. Here is the essence of the debates, with a presentation of the key messages that emerged.