The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will participate in the European Development Days (EDDs), Europe’s leading forum on development and cooperation, which will take place on 15-16 June in Brussels.
Organised by the European Commission, the forum which attracts 5,000 people from 140 countries and 1,200 different organisations every year, brings together the development community to share ideas and experiences that inspire new partnerships and innovative solutions to the world's most pressing challenges.
The 10th anniversary edition of EDDs focuses on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, an ambitious set of 17 goals adopted by the world leaders last September in New York, which will guide policy and funding for the next 15 years to end poverty, combat climate change and fight injustice and inequality.
“Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals everywhere requires everyone’s engagement and contribution. Without this, we will not be able to ensure a sustainable and resilient world where no-one is left behind”, said Barbara Pesce-Monteiro, Director of the UN/UNDP Representation Office in Brussels. “Supporting the roll out of the 2030 Agenda is a top priority for UNDP and we look forward to discussing at EDDs how we can move from commitment to action”.
UNDP will be part of a UN SDGs Hub at the European Development Days that will digitally bring the voices of people from all over the world, and allow visitors to explore the innovative work on data for development, including large scale polling mechanisms such as the MY World 2030 survey, as well as the use of new technologies such as virtual reality to facilitate citizen outreach and engagement in SDG implementation in Europe and globally.
UNDP’s ART Initiative, which promotes sustainable human development at the local level, will organize a panel to discuss the role of local and regional governments and the need for a broad partnership in implementing the SDGs locally. A Toolbox to help countries in localizing the SDGs will be presented to the participants of the panel.
The Joint Migration and Development Initiative (JMDI), a global inter-agency programme of the United Nations, IOM, the European Commission and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, will discuss why supporting cities and local authorities to implement the migration-related targets of the SDGs is crucial to ensure a local development where no one is left behind.
UNDP and the EU are partnering in 140 countries to deepen democratic governance, prevent or help countries recover from conflict and natural disasters, build resilience, and adapt to climate change.
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Ludmila Tiganu, Communications Specialist, UNDP in Brussels, email@example.com