Ms. Maria Ligor, Special Representative of the Romanian MFA for international cooperation, promotion of democracy and human rights, delivered an introductive message at the Conference on Ethics of Effective Leadership, which took place in Bucharest, on the 30th of May 2019. In this context, she underlined the efforts made by Romania during its mandate as Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the field of development, stressing the importance of implementing the external dimension of the Agenda 2030.
The event was organized by the Centre of Development Studies and International Cooperation from the Faculty of Political Sciences (University of Bucharest), in collaboration with the European Commission and the United Nations Development Program. The project had the goal of familiarizing the Romanian public with relevant topics in the context of the development policy of the European Union. It was supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in the context of the Romanian presidency of the Council of the European Union.
The special guest of the event, Dr. Alaa Murabit, UN High Commissioner for Health Employment and Economic Growth, focused her intervention on the manner in which the ethical personal choices can influence the decisions of leaders, as well as the way in which those choices influence the day-to-day life of citizens.
The Conference is part of the Kapuczinski Development Lectures, which represents a project conducted by the European Commission starting in 2009. The Lectures are thus named after the Polish journalist Ryszard Kapuczinski, renowned for the coverages and books made on the subject of developing countries from all the continents. These debates offer the opportunity of focusing on topics regarding development such as climate changes, human rights, the Sustainable Development Goals, Europe-Africa relation, the efficiency of the aid for development.