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European Development Days 2016

On 15th and 16th June 2016 the jubilee 10th edition of the European Development Days (EDD) – a global forum dedicated to topics such as sustainable socio-economic development, humanitarian aid, human rights, and protection of the environment – was held. Once again the event was organized at the Brussels conference venue Tour & Taxis.

In its’ course over 120 discussion panels, seminars, and workshops were held. They were grouped into 15 thematic areas: Trade, Growth and Sustainable Development; Water-Energy-Food Nexus; Inequalities; Inclusive, Sustainable and Resilient Cities; Peaceful and Inclusive Societies; Circular Economy / Sustainable Consumption and Production; Means of Implementation; Ensuring Accountability: A Shared Commitment; Gender; Engaging the Private Sector; Science, Technology and Innovation; Climate Change; Leave no-one behind; Migration and Refugees; Working with Fragile States. This year, representatives of the youth, the future leaders, were invited to participate in the discussion panels, in an attempt to mobilize this age group to take active role in activities in the field of development aid.

The greatest attention was received by special events, such as the official inauguration attended by the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini and the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, as well as the special address of the Queen of the Belgians Mathilde, which constituted for the official closing of the European Development Days 2016. In addition, during the EDD 2016 a number of bilateral meetings, artistic performances of various ethnic groups and photo exhibitionss were held. Furthermore, over 60 organizations dealing with development and humanitarian aid have set up their information stands in the so-called “Development Village”.

Among the innovations prepared by the events' organizers there was a special application for mobile devices that allowed thousands of the EDD participants to get acquainted with detailed agenda of the meetings, profiles of the panelists, and a map of the conference venue. The application also allowed receiving notifications, asking questions and expressing opinions, as well as participating in surveys carried out ad hoc by moderators of some meetings.

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