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European Development Days 2019 | The Youth Cafe


Europe’s leading forum on development since 2006

Organised by the European Commission, the European Development Days (EDD) bring the development community together each year to share ideas and experiences in ways that inspire new partnerships and innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. The EDD is a participatory programme.EDD 2019's overarching title is "Addressing inequalities: building a world which leaves no one behind".


Overarching Theme

For its thirteenth edition, EDD 2019 aims to bring together the European Union's commitment to address inequalities with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Addressing inequalities: building a world which leaves no one behind is at the core of European values and enshrined within the EU's legal and political framework.


Partner Organisations

Everyone is given a voice in this open, collaborative and inclusive platform. Each year, the global development community is invited to contribute directly to the official EDD Programme by proposing activities and sessions. 80% of the EDD Programme is built by stakeholders. This creates an opportunity to be part of the discussion, to share know-how, thoughts and practices regardins major global development challenges. With over 130 sessions including high-level speakers, debates, project presentations, brainstorming sessions, the EDD Global Village, and an exciting Cultural Programme, this edition of the EDD will be the most innovative and interesting yet! Click here to find out which organisations are part of the programme.


Youth involvement

The EDD advocate the inclusion of youth in order to engage new voices and emerging actors in development. Following the success of the previous editions, EDD 2019 once again hosts the Young Leaders Programme, inviting 15 exceptional youth representatives to speak in the high-level panels of the forum and bring fresh perspectives from the new generation.



EDD Global Village

The EDD Global Village is an exciting platform featuring stands that showcase successful projects and ground-breaking reports from around the world. The village will be the focal point of the EDD 2019 venue and will serve as a crossroads for interaction, innovation and networking among participants.



EDD 2019 Exhibitions

The EDD 2019 Exhibitions Programme makes you travel around the world through various photo exhibitions linked to Addressing inequalities: Building a world which leaves no one behind.Those exhibitions will be showcased in the Global Village and outside near the food trucks.




For its thirteenth edition, EDD will once again host exceptional speakers from across the world, representing different sectors and points of view on global development issues. Head of State, Commissioners, MEPs, high-level experts, grassroots activists and many more key players in addressing inequalities will be present.


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