The year 2015, labelled by the EU as European Year for Development, is a crucial year for the future global development agenda. In that context, the European Development Days 2015 are organised to raise awareness of European citizens and provide a space for discussion with leaders, visionaries and experts on development cooperation from around the world.

The European Development Days 2015 (EDDs 2015), held on 3rd and 4th June in Brussels, is Europe´s leading forum on international cooperation and development and we are going to be part of it. Following the headline of the EYD2015, the title of this year´s forum is “Our world, our dignity, our future”. The programme of the forum includes over 130 sessions and promises high-level discussions, brainstorming sessions and press conferences.


Global Citizenship at the heart of global development

We believe that Global Citizenship plays an important role in Our future to be a peaceful, fair and sustainable world and it should be at the heart of global development agenda. The EDDs is a perfect opportunity for us to strengthen discussions about global citizenship and to promote its implementation into the 4th goal of Sustainable Development Goals. Its promotion is essential for citizens to understand that their individual and collective actions have a global impact.

And the good news is that this concept, which has been absent for a long time from the development decision-makers table, has a major space dedicated during the event. All the sessions and conferences about this topic are listed here in the EDDs programme.

Global citizens can change the world!

Among these sessions, we will organise an auditorium debate Global citizens can change the world! to  which we are happy to welcome you. This session held on 4th June from 15:30 to 17:00 is organised together with our partners CIVICUS, GENE, North-South Centre and ALDA.

At the heart of our discussions: why is it important to engage citizens in global development? What has to be done to increase the reach of Global Citizenship? You can expect interesting panellists from various backgrounds (institutions, local authorities, civil society) to present different ways to put Global Citizenship in action. You will also have the chance to express your opinion in the interactive discussion, through the EUDevDays mobile app.

Full session’s programme is available HERE.

Please register for the EDDs before 25 May. The event is free of charge and open to everyone.


Next to our session, we invite you to attend other sessions on Global Citizenship Education:

– a workshop organised on 3rd June 2015 from 14:30 to 15:45 by EAEA and DVV International on the topic “Global citizenship (and) education in a developing world”. Participating in this workshop will help you to understand how can global citizenship education enables people to acquire skills, understanding and values that support them in being an active global citizen. Find more information about the workshop and the speakers in the programme or on the EAEA event page.

– a debate lab organised on 4th June from 12.30 to 13.45 titled “Understanding and implementing Global Citizenship Education”  where several UN specialists will share their learnings building on their experience with the Global Education First Initiative. Programme and speakers are available here.

We encourage you to join us during these events and share your stories, create awareness and promote debates. Come to support citizens engagement in the new development agenda!


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