In May last year, the European Parliament made a decision to make 2015 the European Year for Development. It will be ceremoniously inaugurated in Riga (09.01.2015), the capital city of a country just taking over the European Council presidency.
The motto of European Year for Development is: “Our world, our dignity, our future”.
The basic aims of EYD 2015 are as follows: informing EU inhabitants about actions undertaken for development cooperation, eliciting interest in the subject, and thus encouraging active contribution to development politics and strengthening the feeling of responsibility for solving global problems.
The main MFA project to celebrate the Year in Poland will be Development Cooperation Day, during which a family fair will be organised. The fair will offer educational activities for children, and will be attended by organisations engaged in development cooperation. The event will be broadcast live nationwide by one of the Polish TV stations.
As part of the EYD celebrations, a third edition of photography competition, Development through the lens, will be announced, for the best photography showing the world’s development problems, as well as the next edition of a documentary film festival devoted to development. Regional Centres for International Debate will hold meetings with Polish Aid volunteers and screenings of documentaries made as part of initiatives undertaken by the Polish Aid.
Within the framework of cooperation between Visegrad Group states, it was decided to implement a joint initiative for the duration of EYD 2015. A competition will be announced for children and youth for the best drawing depicting developing countries in 2030, and a competition for adults for the best photograph on the theme of development. Competition rules will be the same for every country. Best drawings and photos will be displayed at an exhibition after the competition in chosen community centres in Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, and Hungary.