European Development Days 2021 to spur global green action

The 14th European Development Days (EDD), a leading global forum on international partnerships and cooperation, will begin tomorrow to reflect on the road to the UN Biodiversity Conference (CBD) COP15 in Kunming in October and COP26 in Glasgow in November 2021, the EP press service reported.

More than 1,000 organisations from over 160 countries will debate two main topics on 15 and 16 June: A green economy for people and nature, and protecting biodiversity and people. This year's edition will place a special emphasis on the views of young leaders and include special events on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic for the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals. A virtual EDD Global Village will present innovative projects and ground-breaking reports on sustainable development solutions from more than 150 organisations from all around the world.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has shaken the world. Yet the climate and environment cannot wait longer. We need to build forward greener now. It's time for a new global biodiversity ambition. Because we are all affected by the negative consequences, we all have a vested interest in contributing to the health of the planet. This year's European Development Days provide a great opportunity to share experiences, innovative solutions and to foster partnerships,” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said ahead of the event.

“The European Development Days are a key moment in the international cooperation agenda. More than 8,400 registered participants will drive the global debate on the imperative of a greener and fairer planet. I am delighted that young people will be at the heart of every major discussion shaping their futures through this unique platform for global debate,” International Partnerships Commissioner Jutta Urpilainen pointed out.

The Day will be opened by Ursula von der Leyen, while other high-level speakers and participants include Jutta Urpilainen, Environment Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius, UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed, UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore, HRH Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands, etc.

Furthermore, 17 inspiring young people, aged between 21 and 26, from around the world will play a central role during the EDD. These young leaders were selected from 202 applicants from 79 countries for their exceptional skills, expertise and active contributions to find solutions to climate change issues. The event will be digital, free and accessible to everyone registered.

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