Alexander De Croo, Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium, and Mathilde, Queen of the Belgians, with young leaders from all over the world.
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15.06.2017

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'Investing in Development' was the motto of the European Development Days 2017. More than 8,000 participants from the international development community shared information and views on challenges and approaches in achieving Agenda 2030.

'Investing in Development' was the motto of the eleventh European Development Days, which were run by the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium, early in June. More than 8,000 participants from the international development community shared information and views on challenges and approaches in achieving Agenda 2030 in around 120 sessions. The panel discussions, lab debates and brainstorming sessions centred on three themes: ‘Investing in People and Planet’, ‘Investing in Prosperity’ and ‘Investing in Peace and Partnership’.

Opening the event, the heads of state and the UN representatives focused on five key topics: commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals with their mandate to leave no-one behind, sticking to the Paris Climate Agreement, the need to raise the potential of the private sector in order to sustainably finance development, the need of women empowerment and gender equality and – again and again – the demand to see to it that the millions of young people surging onto the labour market today and in the coming years be given a perspective for the future.

Skills and participation for young people

The problem is particularly serious in sub-Saharan Africa, the region with the youngest population in the world.

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