Millennium Development Goals and the necessity to develop an explicit position with regard to poverty eradication and providing sustainable development after 2015 were the main topics of the European Development Days organized in Brussels.
State leaders and heads of governments from Africa, representatives of the EU institutions, ministers from the EU Member States, as well as representatives of the UN institutions, civil society, academic circle and the private sector participated in this event. The Polish side was represented by a 6-person delegation headed by the Director of the Department of Development Cooperation in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Barbara Szymanowska.
The European Development Days gave the interested parties, donors and the main subjects a chance to coordinate the actions and further agreements which aim at creating the UE development policy after 2015.
The host of the meeting, Andris Piebalgs, the European Commissioner for Development, presented the results of special Eurobarometer survey “EU Development Aid and the Millennium Development Goals”. The results indicate that development and aid assistance remain on high level in Europe. Personal involvement in actions for development is also increasing.
The Commissioner underscored: “I am very uplifted with the fact that the EU citizens support global solidarity, and in my opinion together we can achieve a lot in the struggle against poverty. We have a great challenge to face: we have to achieve the millennium development goals and make poverty come to an end.”
During two days several dozen meetings, workshops and conferences concerning various aspects of development cooperation took place. We encourage you to visit the website devoted to the event, where you can find a video footage which includes the most interesting speeches and presentations delivered during the conference.