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  • Nirj Deva: 'European Development Days can shape global agenda'

    The end of the millennium development goals framework is a chance for the international community to reflect on its mistakes and adapt to changing times, writes Nirj Deva, V...

    Nirj Deva: 'European Development Days can shape global agenda'

    The end of the millennium development goals framework is a chance for the international community to reflect on its mistakes and adapt to changing times, writes Nirj Deva, Vice-chair of Parliament's Development Committee. 

    'Eight guiding principles have, for the past 15 years, driven and catalysed our collective adherence to a fundamental recognition of a wider perspective; one by which we are compelled, in our own relative ease and security, to assume a greater responsibility to those most vulnerable, regardless of vicinity or gain.

    And yet, as the millennium development goals (MDG) framework faces its swan song, the year for development signals the prospect for valuable, if somewhat self-indulgent, reflection; a chance for the international community to weigh its laudable successes against the undeniable mistakes. Ideally, we will learn from our blunders. The advent of the post-2015 sustainable development goals (SDGs) will demand that we face fresh challenges, complacency not least among them. Perversely, our triumphs are threatened by the very nature of their success. '


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  • Are you one of the 5 000 registered participants?

    With less than a week before EDD15, we are looking forward to welcoming over 5 000 participants at Tour...

    Are you one of the 5 000 registered participants?

    With less than a week before EDD15, we are looking forward to welcoming over 5 000 participants at Tour & Taxi on 3-4 June. EDD15 will most likely be one of the largest edition yet. 

    Interested parties now have three days before registration for this year's edition of European Development Days closes. Join us and make your voice heard on 3-4 June. Take the opportunity to share your vision on development and come join us at Tour & Taxi.

    For more information on registration, please click here.
    For press accreditation, please send an email to press@eudevdays.eu.
     
    Each year, the forum attracts more than 5 000 participants from over 140 countries, representing 1 200 organisations from within the diverse development community. The forum fosters a true spirit of partnership with all interested parties.
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  • EDD15 welcomes Didier Drogba, professional footballer, peacemaker and founder of the Didier Drogba Foundation

    Didier Yves Drogba Tébily, known as Didier Drogba, is a professional footballer who played for the English club Chelsea as a striker, and is the all-time top scorer...

    EDD15 welcomes Didier Drogba, professional footballer, peacemaker and founder of the Didier Drogba Foundation

    Didier Yves Drogba Tébily, known as Didier Drogba, is a professional footballer who played for the English club Chelsea as a striker, and is the all-time top scorer and former captain of the Côte d’Ivoire national team.

    Born in March 1978 in Côte d’Ivoire, Drogba is best known for his career at Chelsea, for whom he scored more goals than any other foreign player. In October 2012, he was voted by Chelsea supporters as the club's greatest ever player.

    Drogba was named African Footballer of the Year twice, in 2006 and 2009. After playing in youth teams, Drogba made his professional debut at age 18 for Ligue 2 club Le Mans, and signed his first professional contract at age 21. After finishing the 2002–2003 season with 17 goals in 34 appearances for Ligue 1 side Guingamp, he moved to Olympique de Marseille, where he finished as the third highest scorer in the 2003–2004 season with 19 goals.

    In the summer of 2004, Drogba moved to Chelsea. In his debut season he helped the club win their first league title in 50 years, and a year later he won another Premier League title. After spending six months with Shanghai Shenhua in China, and one-and-a-half seasons with the Turkish club Galatasaray, where he scored the winning goal in the final of the 2013 Turkish Super Cup, Drogba returned to Chelsea in July 2014.

    With a career record of scoring 10 goals in 10 finals winning 10 trophies at club level, Drogba has been referred to as the ‘ultimate big game player’. In August 2014, he announced his retirement from international football.

    Drogba is credited with playing a vital role in bringing peace to his country. After the Côte d’Ivoire qualified for the 2006 World Cup, he made a plea to the combatants, asking them to lay down their arms, a plea which was answered with a cease-fire after five years of civil war.

    Drogba later helped move an African Cup of Nations qualifier to the rebel stronghold of Bouake, Côte d’Ivoire; a move that helped confirm the peace process. In January 2007, Drogba was appointed by the United Nations Development Programme as a UN Goodwill Ambassador.

    Drogba's charity work continued when, in late 2009, he announced he would be donating the £3 million signing on fee for his endorsement of Pepsi for the construction of a hospital in his hometown of Abidjan. This work was done through the Didier Drogba Foundation

    In September 2011, he joined the Truth, Reconciliation and Dialogue Commission as a representative to help return peace to his home nation. His involvement in the peace process led to Drogba being named as one of the world's 100 most influential people by Time magazine for 2010.

    In November 2014, Drogba participated in the Fédération Internationale de Football Association’s (FIFA) ‘11 against Ebola’ campaign with a selection of top football players from around the world. Under the slogan, ‘Together, we can beat Ebola’, FIFA's campaign was done in collaboration with the Confederation of African Football and health experts, with the players holding up 11 messages to raise awareness of the disease and ways to combat it.

    He will participate in the session, ‘Energy for Africa: New partnerships for EU-Africa Investment’, 16:00-17:30, Wednesday 3 June 2015, in A2.

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  • EDD15 welcomes Jean-Louis Borloo, President of Energy for Africa

    Jean-Louis Borloo is a French politician, former leader of the Union of Democrats and Independents, and French Minister for Ecology, Energy, Sustainable Development and Town and...

    EDD15 welcomes Jean-Louis Borloo, President of Energy for Africa

    Jean-Louis Borloo is a French politician, former leader of the Union of Democrats and Independents, and French Minister for Ecology, Energy, Sustainable Development and Town and Country Planning between 2007 and 2010.

    He was born 7 April 1951 in Paris. Borloo gained his baccalauréat in 1969 in philosophy. In 1972 he earned a first degree in law and philosophy at the Pantheon-Sorbonne University. In 1974 he received a degree in history and economics at Paris X Nanterre, and in 1976 Masters of Business Administration HEC Paris, (Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales).

    Borloo began his career as a lawyer in the 1980s. He became president of the Valenciennes Football Club in 1986. In 1989, he was elected mayor of Valenciennes as an independent, winning over 76 % of the vote. In the June 1989 European elections, Borloo was elected to the European Parliament. He held this seat until his election as regional councillor for the Nord-Pas-de-Calais in 1992. He was elected to the French National Assembly as a Miscellaneous Right candidate representing the Nord's 21st constituency in 1993. Joining the caucus of the Union for French Democracy, he was re-elected in 1997, two years after his re-election as mayor of Valenciennes.

    He was a founding member of Ecology Generation in 1990 and later joined the Union for French Democracy. In 2002, Borloo joined the Radical Party, associated with the Union for a Popular Movement (UMP). He was co-president of the Radical Party between 2005 and 2007, when he became sole President of the party.

    Borloo was re-elected as a deputy in 2002 and 2007 on the Radical-UMP ticket. He was Minister for the City and Urban Renewal between 2002 and 2004, Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Cohesion between 2004 and 2005, and Minister for Employment, Social Cohesion and Housing between 2005 and 2007. In that role, he introduced a five-year plan of social cohesion, centred around equal opportunity, housing and employment.

    In 2007, he was Minister of the Economy and Finance in the François Fillon cabinet. Between June 2007 and November 2010, he was the French Minister of State for Energy, Ecology and Sustainable Development.

    In April 2011, Borloo left the UMP and announced plans to set up a ‘republican, ecologist, and social alliance’, with a view to becoming a candidate in the French 2012 presidential election. However, he decided not to run as President of France. In September 2012, he created the Union of Democrats and Independents (UDI), in an attempt to unify the centrist parties.

    In April 2014, he resigned from politics. Borloo is currently President of Energy for Africa. In March 2015, he presented his plan for the electrification of Africa, which will require a total of 200 billion euros in funding over ten years. According to Le Point, “his “Marshall Plan” for the electrification of Africa will jointly foster African and European growth while limiting migration. Central component of his plan, an Agency of electrification of Africa will be responsible for coordinating projects across the continent.” It will focus on specific and workable solutions, whether geothermal, solar and wind, because the cheapest available energy is a renewable energy.

    Mr Borloo will participate in the session, ‘Energy for Africa: New partnerships for EU-Africa Investment’, 16:00-17:30, Wednesday 3 June 2015, in A2.

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  • More than 4 000 participants to attend #EDD15

    With less than 12 days before EDD15, we are looking forward to welcoming all the development community at the 9th edition of the forum and the flagship event of the European Year for Development. So...

    More than 4 000 participants to attend #EDD15

    With less than 12 days before EDD15, we are looking forward to welcoming all the development community at the 9th edition of the forum and the flagship event of the European Year for Development. So far over 4000 delegates have registered and you can still register! 
     
    Interested parties now have three days before registration for this year's edition of European Development Days closes. Join us and make your voice heard on 3-4 June. Take the opportunity to share your vision on development and come join us at Tour & Taxi.

    For more information on registration, please click here.
    For press accreditation, please send an email to press@eudevdays.eu.
     
    Each year, the forum attracts more than 6 000 participants from over 140 countries, representing 1 200 organisations from within the diverse development community. The forum fosters a true spirit of partnership with all interested parties.
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