NEDS was created in the 1980s to share knowledge and expertise, develop synergies among members and improve public access to information and documents in the area of development cooperation. The members of NEDS belong to universities, government agencies and mission and aid agencies and the network brings together 20 of the most important Swiss information centres specialised in international development cooperation issues. Globethics.net partners, such as Mission 21 (a GlobeTheoLib Consortium member), Alliance Sud InfoDoc and the Graduate Institute Geneva, are among the members of NEDS.
Mr Waldvogel provided participants at the meeting with an overview of Globethics.net as an organisation, its vision, mission and main activities and services before introducing the Globethics.net Online Library and GlobeTheoLib, the Global Digital Library on Theology and Ecumenism, a joint project of Globethics.net and the World Council of Churches. Questions from participants after the presentation included technical information on data import and the relationship between religious and universal ethics and on content related to medical ethics in the library.