2015 – European Year for Development

2015 – European Year for Development

2015 is a pivotal year for development cooperation: 2015 is the last year of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – as such it will be the year when stock is taken of what has been achieved since the Millennium Summit of 2000, as well as being the year when the Sustainable Development Goals which replace the MDGs will be finalised. Therefore, the year could not have been better chosen as the European Year for Development (EYD 2015).

By decision of the Council and of the Parliament of 14 April 2014, 2015 was decreed the European Year for Development, with a slogan of “Our World, our Dignity, our Future”.

The initiative EYD 2015 is an attempt to raise public awareness and place the EU’s role in international development in the spotlight. Luxembourg will have a special role to play, since it will take on the presidency of the EU in the second half of 2015 and is a Member State that for many years has had a substantial development cooperation policy. EYD 2015 is a unique opportunity to improve the level of citizen knowledge in all Member States and to involve new actors in development cooperation, such as the private sector, the European institutions in Luxembourg, young people and many others.

Mr Ben Fayot has been appointed Special Ambassador for the European Year for Development by the Minister for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs, Romain Schneider. Luxembourg submitted a national work programme to the European Commission on 31 August 2014 with, at the national level1, the support of the European Year coordinating group.

2014 was, therefore, devoted to the preparation of activities. An initial press conference was organised in May 2014 in order to start a discussion with the various media on the possible press needs in terms of the information required to communicate about the EYD. Individual meetings with some of the major Luxembourg media outlets also took place in order to raise their awareness further. The first activity took place in November at the student fair in order to raise young people’s awareness of job opportunities in the development sector and to make an initial approach to the public on the EYD.

The Directorate of Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs is in charge of the coordination of the EYD at the European and national level. Due to the presidency, the closing ceremony of the EYD at the European level will be held in Luxembourg in December 2015. 

For further information, please consult the website: https://europa.eu/eyd2015/en/luxembourg 

  1. European Commission representation in Luxembourg, the European Parliament Information Office, Cercle of NGOs, LuxDev and Mr Ben Fayot, Special Ambassador for the EYD.