5th – 6th June 2018
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.
For its twelfth edition, EDD 2018 will aim at bringing together the European Union’s commitment to gender equality and women’s empowerment with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Gender equality and women empowerment are at the core of European values and enshrined within the EU’s legal and political framework. This is why the event will focus on the vital role of women and the need for their full and equal participation and leadership in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
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15th – 16th June 2016
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. This year, the theme will be: “Sustainable Development Goals in Action: Our World, Our Dignity, Our Future”. Read more >>
In reflection of recent worries over food safety, in particular the horse-meat scandal, the Public Policy Exchange will host an event entitled Food Safety and Information in the EU: Strengthening, Simplifying and Modernising the Agri-food Chain in Brussels on 9 July.
Key speakers at the event will include Eric Poudelet, Director, Safety of the Food Chain, DG SANCO, European Commission, Professor Michael Jeger, Senior Research Investigator, Imperial College London, Chair, Panel on Plant Health, European Food Safety Authority and Ms. Begoña Pérez-Villarreal, Business Director, Food Research Division, AZTI-Tecnalia, Chair of SAFE Consortium.
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On 10 March, EU development ministers unanimously approved a proposal from the European Commission on food security in developing countries and humanitarian food aid. The policy framework seeks to provide a more effective strategy for the EU to help speed up the progress towards achieving Millennium Development Goal 1: to halve the number of people in the world suffering from hunger and extreme poverty by 2015.
The Council’s strategy highlights the potential offered by poor producers and small-scale farmers to sustainably contribute to meeting future global food demands. The proposal prioritises focusing development aid on programmes that will support small-scale farmers around the world by:
- supporting agricultural research and making agricultural knowledge available to non-specialists
- making agricultural innovation tailored to the needs of the poor
- promoting agricultural training, especially for women
- assisting developing countries in addressing climate change through adaptation and mitigation measures
- increasing EU funding for programmes which address chronic, severe malnutrition
- support for national and regional policies that involve society in agriculture, rural development, food security and nutrition
- stimulating public-private partnerships to contribute to employment and income creation
- reinforcing information systems, particularly those for early warning systems
- and strengthening all levels of food security governance on the basis of the principle of the right to food.
The European Commission has been asked to propose an implementation plan for this strategy before the end of the year.