The Closing Ceremony was the last event of EDD 2022, providing a chance to reflect on the outcomes of the two days’ discussions and looking to the future and the concrete steps that emerged from the event.
N’Faly Kouyate provided a musical interlude.
The Closing Ceremony is hosted by European Commissioner Jutta Urpilainen, with Ikaba Koyi as Master of Ceremonies.
‘Inspiration’ and ‘empowering’ were the two words chosen by participants to sum up EDD 2022. Summarising the findings from the two days of discussion, Afolake Oyinloye stated that, ‘the SDGs are more important than ever as they provide a compass for sustainable recovery from the current global crisis.' She then listed the suggestions made during the two-day event for moving forward, which include setting up permanent youth led dialogue, building genuine partnerships, ensuring investment is aligned with individual country strategies and strengthening the governance and political systems behind investment. The interest of local communities must lie at the heart of all proposed solutions, she concluded.