The IPS Support Group annual meeting was held in Rome on 30 October 2003 in the prestigious premises of the Municipality of Rome and the Capitoline Museums. The event, supported by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and by the Municipality of Rome, focused on the theme "Multilateral crisis, the future of cooperation and the role of communication."
The conclusions drawn at the seminar, attended by government and institution representatives, underlined that information and communication continue to be two essential tools in the construction of peace in a globalised world, and that IPS’ central mission to achieve a better understanding between civil society and government policies remains vital.
Among keynote speakers were:
Mario Baccini, Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Italy) and Giuseppe Deodato, Director General of the Cooperation Department of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Maria Pia Garavaglia, Vice Mayor of Rome; Anwarul Karim Chowdhury, UN Under–Secretary–General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States; Carlos Tibúrcio Oliveira, Special Adviser of the Brazilian Secretariat–General of the Presidency; Sergio Jellinek of the World Bank; Austrian, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian and Dutch Cooperation officers; plus academics, parliamentarians, and journalists representing over 25 countries.