It’s the second day of Living Proof’s European launch and today Bill Gates will come to the European Parliament in Strasbourg to talk about how smart aid investments make political and economic sense – even in a downturn.
First, Bill will address the European Parliament’s Development Committee, which will be streamed live online at 14:00 CET. Members of the Parliament’s budgets committees have also been invited to hear how even when budgets are under pressure, money for child vaccines, healthcare and agriculture can give some of the biggest returns on investment.
There will also be meetings with key European Commissioners- including Andris Piebalgs, Commissioner for Development who is responsible for the world’s second largest aid budget (12.6% of global Overseas Development Aid at the last count) and President of the Commission Jose Manuel Barroso. Bill will also be meeting President of the European Parliament Jerzy Buzek, who has already been tweeting about Living Proof.
That’s a lot to fit in to an afternoon, but in this historic corner of France we’ll be talking to MEPs, Commissioners and citizens from all corners of the 27 EU Member States. Help us spread that message on Facebook and use the #livingproof hashtag on twitter.
Got to run now, more later!