Tenth edition of the European Development Days

  • 16th June 2016
  • by secretary

15-16 June 2016. Brussels. The tenth edition of the European Development Days. Key players from across the world come together for the 10th anniversary of European Development Days. The European Development Days is a two day event to generate new ideas, take action and shape the future with world leaders, young leaders and hundreds of speakers, civil society organisations and international organisations.

This edition is of particular importance, since it marks 10 years of European Development Days. Often referred to as the ”Davos for Development”, the EDDs comes at a crucial time for the future of international development, shortly after the ”Agenda for Sustainable Development”, which is a universal framework to eradicate poverty and achieve sustainable development by 2030, was adopted in September 2015.

The European Development Days focused on implementing the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, building upon 5 vital ”P”s for sustainable development: Partnership, Peace, Prosperity, Planet and People.

The European Development Days 2016 draws over 500 speakers and prominent decision makers, including representatives of international organisations such as Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations Secretary-General, Jim Yong Kim, the President of the World Bank Group, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women and numerous Heads of State, including Uhuru Kenyatta, President and Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Forces of the Republic of Kenya, Bibi Ameenah Firdaus Gurib-Fakim, President of the Republic of Mauritius, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, President of Burkina Faso, Faustin-Archange Touadéra, President of the Central African Republic, Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi, Prime Minister of Samoa, Hailemariam Desalegn, Prime Minister of Ethiopia and Rui Maria de Araújo, Prime Minister of Timor-Leste, along with many others.

Events related to agriculture: 
Extracts of the programme
15 June

Recent Global Developments in Agricultural Trade and ACP SDG Pursuits
Consensus among panel experts on solutions needed to bring small-scale farmers out of poverty once again ran into examples of the manifold practical difficulties of making them happen on the ground. No doubt, more practical problems would have been discussed had there been adequate time for questions from the floor.
Assessing Sustainable Development in Global Value Chains

EU support to research and innovation for development
Seniors experts presented recent evaluation work findings of EU co-operation for Research and Innovation in partner countries, with specific insights on lessons learned within four sectors: 1) Food security, nutrition and agriculture, 2) Health, 3) Environment and climate change, 4) Science, information society and Space.

16 June
Forest and Farm Producer Organisations: Operating Systems for the SDGs

Overcome youth unemployment in Africa through entrepreneurship

Making Coffee the First Sustainable Agricultural Product

Le Fonds Bêkou : agriculture et résilience dans le contexte de la Centrafrique

Agribusiness alliances in support of local and sustainable food in the ACP

Ending hunger and undernutrition: It can be done faster

Promoting Public Private Partnership towards the Long Term Growth and Development of Africa

Supporting Young Innovative Farmers and small holder farmers in Africa

Sharing Knowledge in Development Organizations: Making Communities of Practice Work


Side event
15 June 2016, EU-Africa Business Forum Follow-up Event
Follow-up on the implementation of the recommendations of the EU-Africa Business Forum as presented to the EU-Africa Summit in 2014 and look forward to the next EU-Africa Summit in 2017.