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11 years of European Development Days

11 years of European Development Days

11 years of European Development Days

Since 2006, the EDD have established themselves as a key fixture in the world's development calendar and are now widely considered as the 'Davos of Development.'

A legacy book was published in 2014 gathering the best of 8 years of policy debates, from the European Consensus to the post-2015 agenda. You can download it here.

Many high-level speakers have honoured us with their presence over the past eleven years.

They shaped the debate

They shaped the debate

They shaped the debate

  • Sam Kutesa
    President of the 69th United Nations General Assembly
    2015
  • Cecilia Malmström
    Commissioner for Trade
    European Commission
    2016, 2015
  • Her Majesty Mathilde the Queen of the Belgians
    2017, 2016, 2015
  • Neven Mimica
    Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development
    European Commission
    2017, 2016, 2015
  • Melinda Gates
    Founder and Co-Chair, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
    2015
  • Jean-Claude Juncker
    President of the European Commission
    2017, 2016, 2015
  • Nesmy Manigat
    Former Minister for Education and Vocational Training
    Haiti
    2016, 2015
  • Romain Schneider
    Minister for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs
    Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Luxembourg
    2017, 2016, 2015
  • Federica Mogherini
    High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President
    European Commission
    2017, 2016, 2015
  • Martha Rojas-Urrego (Chouchena)
    Head of Global Advocacy
    CARE International
    2016, 2015
  • Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
    President of Liberia
    2013, 2009, 2006
  • Joyce Banda
    President of Malawi
    2012
  • Thomas Yayi Boni
    President of Benin
    2012, 2010, 2008, 2006
  • Macky Sall
    President of Senegal
    2012
  • Portia Simpson Miller
    Prime Minister of Jamaica
    2013
  • Sheikh Hasina
    Prime Minister of Bangladesh
    2009
  • Hans Rosling
    Professor of International Health, Karolinska Institute
    2011
  • Debapriya Bhattacharya
    Chair of Southern Voices on Post-MDGs
    2013
  • Wangari Maathai
    2004 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
    2008
  • Aung San Suu Kyi
    1991 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
    2010
  • Lech Waleza
    1983 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
    2011
  • Desmond Tutu
    1984 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
    2006
  • Professor Muhammad Yunus
    2006 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
    2017, 2009
  • Richard Branson
    Founding Chairman Virgin Group
    2008
  • George Soros
    Founder and Chair of Soros Fund Management and the Open Society Foundations
    Open Society Institute, Open Society Foundations
    2009
  • Mo Ibrahim
    Founding Chairman, Mo Ibrahim Foundation
    2010
  • Siegmar Proebstl
    Chief Executive Officer, Siemens Africa
    2012
  • Jacques Chirac
    Former President of France
    2010
  • Abdou Diouf
    Secretary-General, Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie
    2008, 2006
  • Kofi Annan
    Former Secretary-General of the United Nations
    2007
  • Aminata Traoré
    Former Minister of Culture, Mali
    2008, 2006
  • Angélique Kidjo
    Singer and Political Activist
    2008
  • Winnie Byanyima
    Executive Director
    Oxfam International
    2016, 2013
  • Jan Eliasson
    United Nations Deputy Secretary-General
    2013
  • Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma
    Chairperson, Commission of the African Union
    2013
  • Donald Kaberuka
    President of the African Development Bank
    2010, 2009, 2008, 2006
  • Flavia Panseri
    United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights
    2013
  • Martin Schulz
    President of the European Parliament
    2015
  • Luc van den Brande
    President of the Committee of the Regions
    2008
  • Louis Michel
    Co-Chair, ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly
    2016, 2015, 2012, 2010, 2009
  • Kristalina Georgieva
    EU Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response
    2013, 2012, 2011, 2010
  • Salam Fayyad
    Prime Minister of Palestine
    2010
  • Tertius Zongo
    Former Prime Minister of Burkina Faso and High-level advisor on Fragility in the Sahel Region
    African Development Bank
    2016, 2009
  • Claudio González Vega
    Chairman of the Board of Trustees
    BBVA Microfinance Foundation
    2016
  • Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka
    Executive Director
    UN WOMEN
    2016
  • Lilianne Ploumen
    Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation
    Government of the Netherlands
    2016
  • Miguel Arias Cañete
    Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy
    European Commission
    2016
  • Tone Skogen
    State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    Norway
    2016
  • Ronald de Jong
    Executive Vice President and Chief Market Leader
    Royal Philips
    2016
  • Julie Ward
    Member
    European Parliament
    2016
  • Isabella Lövin
    Minister for International Development Cooperation
    Government of Sweden
    2016
  • Frans Timmermans
    First Vice-President for Better Regulation, Interinstitutional Relations, the Rule of Law and the Charter of Fundamental Rights
    European Commission
    2016
  • Grete Faremo
    Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director
    United Nations Office for Project Services
    2016
  • Bob Collymore
    CEO
    Safaricom
    2016
  • Andrus Ansip
    Vice President for the Digital Single Market
    European Commission
    2017, 2016
  • Souleymane Jules Diop
    Secretary of State in charge of the Emergency Community Development Programme
    Government of the Republic of Senegal
    2016
  • Honoré Feizouré
    Minister
    Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Central African Republic
    2016
  • Julia Gillard
    Chair of the Board
    Global Partnership for Education
    2016
  • Anna Zaborska
    Member
    European Parliament
    2016
  • Charles Goerens
    Member
    European Parliament
    2016, 2013, 2012, 2010
  • Karmenu Vella
    Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries
    European Commission
    2016
  • Christos Stylianides
    Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management
    European Commission
    2016
  • Yong Li
    Director General
    2016
  • Jim Yong Kim
    President
    World Bank Group
    2016
  • Nyaradzayi Gumbozvanda
    Representative of CONCORD Europe / International Board Chair, Action Aid International
    2016
  • Cina Lawson
    Minister for Post and Digital Economy
    Government of Togo
    2016
  • Mebrahtu Meles
    State Minister of Industry, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
    2016
  • Mohamed Omer Arteh
    Deputy Prime Minister
    Somalia
    2016
  • Arancha González
    Executive Director
    International Trade Centre
    2017, 2016
  • Helle Thorning-Schmidt
    CEO
    Save the Children
    2016
  • Faustin-Archange Touadéra
    President
    Central African Republic
    2016
  • Roch Marc Christian Kaboré
    President
    Burkina Faso
    2016
  • Hailemariam Desalegn Boshe
    Prime Minister
    Ethiopia
    2016
  • Dimitris Avramopoulos
    Commissionner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship
    European Commission
    2016
  • Ban Ki-Moon
    Secretary General, United Nations
    United Nations
    2016
  • Uhuru Kenyatta
    President and Commander-in-chief of the Defence Forces, Republic of Kenya
    2016
  • Bibi Ameenah Firdaus Gurib-Fakim
    President of the Republic (video contribution)
    Republic of Mauritius
    2016
  • Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi
    Prime Minister
    2016
  • Rui Maria de Araujo
    Prime Minister
    2016
  • Charles Armel Doubane
    Minister of Foreign Affairs, Central African Republic
    2016
  • Joseph Yakete
    Minister of Defence, Central African Republic
    2016
  • Felix Moloua
    Minister of Economy and Planning of Central African Republic
    2017, 2016
  • Hernâni Coelho
    Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Timor-Leste
    2016
  • Hadizatou Rosine Coulibaly-Sori
    Minister of Economy, Finance and Development of Burkina Faso
    2016
  • Alpha Barry
    Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and Burkinabe abroad, Burkina Faso
    2016
  • Dimitrios Papadimoulis
    Vice President
    European Parliament
    2016
  • José Manuel Barroso
    President of the European Commission
    2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006

Sustainable Development Goals in Action: Our World, Our Dignity, our Future

Sustainable Development Goals in Action: Our World, Our Dignity, our Future

Sustainable Development Goals in Action: Our World, Our Dignity, our Future

Brussels, 15-16 June 2016.

The forum’s debates and discussions focused on the ambitious 2030 Agenda and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

A rich Cultural Programme, including art, music, photography and dance, the participation of Young Leaders and the 64 Global Village stands offered participants an interactive and inclusive experience.

This message is to male leaders. Take decisions that make a difference to women and girls’ lives. For years, women have been knocking at the door and you have the keys needed to open it.
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director UN Women

2015 was a historic year for the development sector, being the closing year for the Millennium Development Goals. The EDD mobilised the development community around a new, more inclusive and united approach.

Our World, Our Dignity, Our Future

2015 was a historic year for the development sector, being the closing year for the Millennium Development Goals. The EDD mobilised the development community around a new, more inclusive and united approach.

Our World, Our Dignity, Our Future

Our World, Our Dignity, Our Future

2015 was a historic year for the development sector, being the closing year for the Millennium Development Goals. The EDD mobilised the development community around a new, more inclusive and united approach.

Brussels, 3-4 June 2015.

Sustainability was at the heart of the dialogue, with an important emphasis placed on themes relating to climate change and disaster risks, renewable energy and sustainable consumption and production.

What comes first? Stability or development? We do it together.
Neven Mimica, European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development

A Decent Life for All by 2030 – Building a Consensus for a new Development Agenda

A Decent Life for All by 2030 – Building a Consensus for a new Development Agenda

A Decent Life for All by 2030 – Building a Consensus for a new Development Agenda

Brussels, 26-27 November 2013.

EDD 2013 was crucial in helping to shift the perception of development as a poor country problem to a challenge for the entire world to address.

The forum’s outcome was the consensus built towards a bold but realistic agreement to the post-2015 agenda. For the first time, the EDD introduced the brainstorming sessions, enabling stakeholders and participants to work on solutions together and develop proposals to address the challenges they face.

The international community should negotiate the future framework, not as north, south, east, west, poor rich - but as members of one humanity with a common destiny.
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia

Supporting Inclusive and Sustainable Growth for Human Development

Supporting Inclusive and Sustainable Growth for Human Development

Supporting Inclusive and Sustainable Growth for Human Development

Brussels, 16-17 October 2012.

EDD 2012’s topics reflected the shattering reality of the situation: in 2012, around 16% of the world’s population were hungry and lived in poverty. The forum was articulated around the topics: building resilience, engaging the private sector and empowering people.

EDD 2012 participants shared success stories and best practices, discussed the potential of the private sector in transforming African economies, debated what constitutes inclusive business models, and looked at how best to boost innovation and move towards green and inclusive growth.

I share the ream of a day when poverty is a thing of the past. Not just in terms of income, but also in terms of access to healthcare and social and political rights.
Joyce Banda, President of Malawi

Democracy and Development in the spotlight

Democracy and Development in the spotlight

Democracy and Development in the spotlight

Warsaw, 15-16 December 2011.

EDD 2011 focused on the link between development and democracy.

One year after the Arab Spring, it was important for European leaders to get together and focus on how to best support democratic and peaceful transitions. Organised for the first time in a country from Central and Eastern Europe, the 2011 edition brought together key players from both regions.

Our citizens want a Europe of solidarity - both within Europe and with all the people of the world, especially those in the least developed countries.
Jerzy Buzek, President of the European Parliament

 

How to Best Achieve Higher-Impact Aid

How to Best Achieve Higher-Impact Aid

How to Best Achieve Higher-Impact Aid

Brussels, 6-7 December 2010.

Held in the context of the economic crisis forcing nations to find cost-effective solutions in every domain, EDD 2010 addressed subjects such as governance, human rights, natural resources management, access to energy, and many other topics which are still at the heart of the development sector today.

With its billion inhabitants, human resources, mining and energy resources and unexploited arable land, Africa is poised to become a giant.
Jacques Chirac, former President of France

The Climate and Economic Crises

The Climate and Economic Crises

The Climate and Economic Crises

Stockholm,  22-24 October 2009.

EDD 2009 focused on the pressing challenges of the time: responding to the global economic crisis, addressing climate change and promoting democracy.

This edition took place 50 days ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen and served as a sounding board for countries and communities already affected by climate change. It provided a rich opportunity for leaders who were trying to forge international consensus ahead of Copenhagen, especially among developing countries.

We have to rediscover ourselves as human beings. All the problems that we list each time we meet don't have to repeat [themselves], because we can solve them ourselves;
Muhammad Yunus, 2006 Nobel Prize Laureate

The Role of Local Authorities and the Local Dimension to Development

The Role of Local Authorities and the Local Dimension to Development

The Role of Local Authorities and the Local Dimension to Development

Strasbourg, 15-17 November 2008.

EDD 2008 took place at the halfway point of the deadline for the Millennium Development Goals. Participants stressed throughout the forum the importance of local action to meet the MDGs.

The message was one of cohesion; meeting the MDGs hinges on the involvement of every level of society. EDD 2008 called for a greater role for Europe’s local authorities in development and showed how they too could contribute to good governance and democracy and support essential services like education and health.

Once the new government is formed, we will get the business commuity together to invest in Zimbabwe. There are a number of different areas where we can invest, whether it's mobile phones, financial services or the airline industry. We will sit down with the new government and work out how we can help. Richard Branson and Morgan Tsvangirai, joint press conference

Climate Change

Climate Change

Climate Change

Lisbon, 7-9 November 2007.

Among others, topics discussed at EDD 2007 included growth and mitigation, poverty and urbanisation, and the preservation of global public goods.

The consensus was that while acting now may be costly, the cost of inaction is far greater. The special address from former Secretary General of the United Nations Kofi Annan was the most memorable moment of the forum. Annan emphasised the immediate, all-encompassing and universal challenge that climate change poses.

We are all bound together as human beings. If we remain indifferent to the suffering of others, we are only depriving ourselves of our own humanity. We need to act together as humanity, for humanity. And now is the time.
Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of the United Nations and President of the Global Humanitarian Forum

Governance

Governance

Governance

Brussels, 5-17 November 2006.

The first edition of the EDD demonstrated to Europeans the need for an annual gathering of development actors to discuss major issues in international cooperation in an open, multistakeholder format.

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu delivered a closing address which became one of the most memorable moments of EDD 2006. He reminded participants that Africa has a long, but little understood, democratic tradition.

The only way we will ever be safe and secure is together. The only way we can hope to be prosperous, ultimately, is together.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu