Welcome by the EDP e.V. honorary patron Prof. Dr. Norbert Lammert MP, President of the German Bundestag

"We will only be able to solve global challenges such as climate change, hunger, financial and economic crises if we coherently rely on justice and solidarity in the political fields of business, social, foreign and development policy. For this, we need a common understanding of the global problems and possible solutions among politicians and decision-makers from the business sector, the Churches and other social areas in North and South, East and West.

Exposure and Dialogue Programmes give us the opportunity to step out of our everyday lives and become familiar with the situations of the poor and excluded; learn about their potentials and hopes and their paths to lives in dignity for themselves and for their children. This experience opens up new perspectives and competences for creative solutions that live up to the claim of solidarity and justice in times of globalisation."