The European Development Days (EDD) are Europe’s leading forum on development and international cooperation. Organised by the European Commission, the forum brings the development community together to share ideas and experiences in ways that inspire new partnerships and innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.
Since their launch in 2006, the EDD have become a reference for the development community for their high-level meetings and debates. Each year, the forum brings together more than 8,000 participants from all corners of the world, in the belief that cooperation is the cornerstone to building a fairer society. More than 75% of the EDD programme is set by the EDD Community, which consists of over 1,200 organisations. From high-level auditorium debates to brainstorming sessions and village stands, world leaders, decision-makers and key development actors gather at the EDD to shape policies and discuss innovative solutions for a more sustainable future. Everyone is given a voice in this open, collaborative and inclusive platform.
This year, the EDD will take place on 18 and 19 June in Brussels and will focus on “Addressing inequalities: building a world which leaves no one behind”. For its thirteenth edition, the EDD will aim to bring together the EU’s commitment to promote equality and shared prosperity with the Agenda 2030. Strong evidence indicates that high levels of inequality negatively affect all dimensions of sustainable development, including economic growth and prospects for poverty reduction. Addressing inequalities is therefore crucial both for sustainable development and to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. As a result, this year’s event will focus on the theme of inequalities.
This edition will be framed on the basis of three major themes emerging as key aspects in the current context:
- Why inequalities matter for sustainable development
- Understanding the structural causes of inequalities
- Working better together through more effective policies to address inequalities