UNDP takes part in the European Development Days and Green WeekJun 3, 2015
Brussels, June 3, 2015 – This week, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will participate in ‘European Development Days’ and ‘Green Week’ – events starting today in Brussels that focus on European nations’ engagement on development cooperation and environment policy issues.
Organized in the context of the European Year for Development 2015, the European Development Days (EDDs) are Europe’s premier forum on development cooperation, bringing together hundreds of political leaders, decision-makers, development advocates, thinkers and practitioners for thought-provoking debates, networking and brainstorming.
“The European Development Days take place at a crucial moment of time when world leaders and development stakeholders are discussing the post-2015 agenda for development. UNDP will join the discussions during the Development Days to share its best practices and innovative work in the partner countries as well as its contribution to the global thinking. We hope these can inspire our collective actions to achieve sustainable development for all countries and people,” said Barbara Pesce-Monteiro, Director of the UNDP office in Brussels.
UNDP and its partners will discuss major issues and objectives of the development policy for the post-2015 agenda - from climate change, poverty eradication, and inequalities to human rights, women’s empowerment and migration. The ART programme, which promotes sustainable human development at the local level, will organize a debate on the role of local and regional authorities in achieving sustainable urban development, while exploring their importance in implementing the future Sustainable Development Goals at the local level.
A UN Migration and Development Initiative, funded by the EU and the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation, which works to maximize the potential of migration for local development, will present the innovative partnerships and approaches contributing to positive changes for all migrants and their communities.
In a special event with the National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs), which have a fundamental role to protect and promote human rights on the ground, UNDP will speak about NHRIs’ contribution to sustaining development and strategies to overcome inequality in the successful implementation of the post-2015 development agenda, with NHRIs as pivotal partners. In many countries, UNDP provides capacity-building support to NHRIs to foster national systems of human rights protection and promotion.
According to the recent African Economic Outlook, human development levels in Africa have increased since 2000, with 17 out of 52 countries reaching middle or high levels of development. But the region’s poverty rates remain stubbornly high while progress in health, education and income are uneven. In a special panel on development challenges and opportunities in Africa, UNDP will address the impact of spatial exclusion on growth and poverty reduction in Africa.
‘Green Week’, the biggest annual conference on European environment policy, is focusing this year on nature and biodiversity. UNDP, which has a large portfolio of projects in the area of biodiversity and ecosystems, will showcase its work in the field of biodiversity conservation, climate change and sustainable development.
UNDP is partnering with the European Commission in the European Year for Development 2015, which raises awareness about the importance of development aid and cooperation amongst EU member-states. As part of this awareness campaign, the European Commission and UNDP host a series of lectures, called the Kapuscinski Development Lectures, at universities across Europe.