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Closing Ceremony

Closing Ceremony

EDD17 - Replay - Closing Ceremony

special event
Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 16:45 to 18:00

Key points

  • In June 2017, the European Union and its Member States launched the European Consensus on Development to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.
  • For advancing development, governments must have vision and sustained hard work.
  • Universal healthcare is critical to development.
  • Development requires strong institutions and respect for the rule of law.
  • Civil society has a key role to play in development.


What are the elements of a new European development policy focused on implementing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030?


At European Development Days 2017, the European Union and its Member States launched the European Consensus on Development. The emphasis is on the five Ps – people, planet, prosperity, peace and partnership. The Consensus seeks to turn commitment into action, investing in development for our common future.

Development is a gradual process involving millions of actors in many sectors across the globe. Development requires flexibility and use of all available tools.

From the perspective of developing country governments, development requires vision and hard, sustained work. These countries need investment in human capacity and substantial economic growth fuelled by large private sector investment.

Universal healthcare is central to development. Health is a prerequisite to peace, security and economic growth. Health is both a human rights issue, and an end in itself, as well as a means to development. More political will is needed to create strong healthcare systems, including services, delivery and financing.

For developing countries with limited resources, the initial focuses should be on primary care, particularly for women and children.

From the perspective of parliamentarians, development requires strong institutions, honest and fair elections and respect for the rule of law. Parliamentarians should also support peoples’ participation in decision-making and civil society.

From the perspective of civil society, one of its key roles in development is acting as a watchdog over and reducing the large and growing wealth disparities that exist in many countries. Civil society should also press for reducing power disparities among corporations and people, and men and women.

From the perspective of business and the private sector, development requires training, marketable skills and investment, in technology, industry and infrastructure. In many developing countries, the private sector perceives serious risks and political obstacles.

Governments should provide guarantees to reduce risk and encourage private investments in developing countries. Both large companies and small and medium-sized enterprises should be incentivised. The European Union should create a plan that encourages investment in developing countries.

From the perspective of young African leaders, development and implementing the SDGs require substantial policy reforms, particularly reforms of laws to provide better protection of women, children and the disabled. Women and young people must be brought into the policy decision-making processes, the economy and the education system.

More women are needed as parliamentarians, perhaps through quota systems. Girls should be supported in pursuing secondary and higher education, rather than being forced into young marriages.

The private sector understands the necessity of investing in education, likely through public-private partnerships. They will invest, but probably will require government guarantees to reduce risks.


Development is a complex process, requiring hard, sustained work, and multistakeholder dialogue and engagement.
    Stefano Manservisi
    Director General
    European Commission - DG for International Cooperation and Development
    Markus Beyrer
    Business Europe
    Laura Sullivan
    Cecile Kyenge
    European Parliament
    Chawapiwa Masole
    EDD Young Leader, Botswana
    Stefano Manservisi
    Director General
    European Commission - DG for International Cooperation and Development
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