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Social inclusion - 19.04.2010

CEMR to hold a session on social inclusion at Dunkerque Conference
What is the role of social inclusion in sustainable development strategies and how can it be leveraged to counter the effects of the crisis?
These are among the key questions to be addressed during the session on socially inclusive societies organised by the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) on Wednesday 19 May in the framework of the Dunkerque Conference.
While solidarity is under pressure and people are increasingly depending on social services, the CEMR session will seek to determine how vulnerable groups are affected and to identify ways to better integrate the social dimension into policies at the local, regional, national and European levels.
Participants will also look at how the crisis is experienced at the local level and exchange views and best practices on potential solutions and opportunities.
The session is to be moderated by CEMR Secretary General Frédéric Vallier. Speakers will include Jef Gabriels, President of the Association of Flemish Cities and Municipalities, Bashy Quraishy, Chair of the Advisory Council of the European Network Against Racism, and Dr. Haroon Saad, Director of Quartiers en Crise from the European Regeneration Network.

The 6th European Sustainable Cities & Towns Conference, to be held from 19 to 21 May in Dunkerque, France, will bring key actors together so that they may explore how sustainable development can help local governments face the current economic, social and climate challenges.
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