European Development Days 2010

This year, the 5th edition of the European Development Days (EDD) will take place in Brussels on 6 and 7 December. Organised by the European Commission and the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, EDD is the leading European forum where the questions and issues about international development cooperation are debated.

The scope and scale of EDD are growing every year, as links with new networks and new partners are made, and new platforms are created. The first four EDD events have established some important characteristics:

Participation and involvement

At every level, participants, hosts, moderators, debaters, exhibitors, whether they’re from the North or the South, can all take part, put forward their ideas, examine creative solutions and question responsibilities. Male and female politicians, parliamentarians, representatives of international institutions, local authorities, NGOs, business leaders, researchers, journalists, artists and students… all share their knowledge and their experiences. The debates are in plenary sessions or in bilateral meetings, in workshops or in the framework of parallel events, in quiet lounges or before the press.

The European Development Days represent an opportunity to make good use of the diversity of viewpoints and models operating in the world.

The forum’s agenda is the result of collaboration, in which every stakeholder can propose events, network meetings or exhibitions.

Policy-making “laboratory”

The European Development Days are a policy forum which highlights recent developments and important initiatives “to be continued” in the key areas of development cooperation: peace, security, democracy, good governance, the economic crisis, international finance, free and fair trade, food security, resources, the media, human rights, culture…

The key role of the European Union

The European Development Days offer the European Union and its Member States the chance to take stock regularly of some of its founding values, such as solidarity, respect between peoples, elimination of poverty, commitment to international law and to the principles of the Charter of the United Nations.

The previous four editions of EDD have all confirmed the role of Europe, not only as the leading donor of development aid but also as the leader of international thinking about development cooperation. They have strengthened public awareness of development issues and helped to improve European cohesion with a view to increasing the effectiveness of aid.

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