Alexander De Croo actively participates in the European Development Days
On June 7th and 8th, the European Development Days are organized in Brussels. This is the most important European forum on international development. This edition of the European Development Days focusses on the involvement of the private sector and the importance of digitalization as a lever for development. These subjects are central also in the Belgian international development policy. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo will actively participate in the European Development Days.
Today, at the eve of the European Development Days, an outreach event is organized in Flagey (Ixelles) for about 800 participants, in the presence of Queen Mathilde. The event focusses on young people and the question how they can contribute to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UN Goodwill Ambassador Ozark Henry will perform, Alexander De Croo will moderate a panel discussion with 5 international SDG Advocates: Leymah Gbowee (Director, Gbowee Peace Foundation and Nobel Peace prize laureate), Jeffrey Sachs (Columbia University), Alaa Murabit (The Voice of Libyan Women), Paul Polman (CEO Unilever) and Muhammad Yunus (founder Grameen Bank Bangladesh and Nobel Peace prize laureate). The Norwegian Prime Minister Solberg will conclude the evening.
Involvement of the private sector in international development
On Wednesday morning Minister De Croo organizes, together with SDG Advocate and CEO of Unilever Paul Polman a CEO Power Breakfast on the SDGs. Minister De Croo and Paul Polman will discuss with about 20 CEOs on what the SDGs mean to them and how they can work on the SDGs in their company. The opening ceremony of the EDDs will be followed by the signature of the new European Consensus on Development. The Consensus includes the key aspects of the European development policy for the coming years. Belgium insisted that, also in European policy, more attention would go to sustainable and inclusive economic growth, an important pillar of the Belgian development policy.
Later on Wednesday, Alexander De Croo will focus on the important role of digitalization as a lever for development. In the afternoon, he will make the closing remarks at the High Level Event ‘Digitalisation’, where also European Commission Vice President Andrus Ansip will participate. Minister De Croo will also moderate in the debate ‘Bridging the Digital Divide in Africa’.
On Thursday, Alexander De Croo will receive Deputy Secretary General of the UN Amina Mohammed at the Egmont Palace for a bilateral meeting. As a Special Advisor to Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Amina Mohammed was one of the driving forces behind the Sustainable Development Goals. Minister De Croo and Deputy Secretary General Mohammed will discuss United Nations reform, climate change and the first Belgian National Voluntary Review on SDG implementation, scheduled for July.
On Thursday, Alexander De Croo will participate in the panel Youth Empowerment & Family Planning, co-organised by the international ngo International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF). The theme of the panel corresponds with the She Decides initiative, focusing on the reinforcement of sexual and reproductive health and rights of girls and women.
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