Mathilde, Queen of the Belgians, speaking at the 'Right to quality education' session.
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The European Development Days, held in Brussels/Belgium in early June, formed the core event of the European Year for Development, declared by the European Commission for 2015.

The European Development Days were held in Brussels/Belgium in early June, under the motto “Our world, our dignity, our future”. They formed the core event of the European Year for Development, declared by the European Commission for 2015 under the same motto. In more than 130 sessions, around 5,000 participants discussed burning development issues arising from a wide spectrum of cross-sector topics ranging from citizenship, inclusion, gender and human rights through food, education, health, climate and energy to financing, growth, jobs, migration and trade. 

“Move up or move out”

Alone 13 of the sessions at the meeting centred on the topic of food and nutrition security. More than once, the key role that small-scale and family farming has in this context was stressed. After all, today’s small-scale farming concerns some 2.8 billion people and accounts for 30 to 60 per cent of the world’s least developed countries’ gross domestic product. The participants in the ‘Small-scale farming and sustainable food systems’ session emphasised that by supporting this model, millions of families could live decently from their work.

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