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The European Development Days dedicate their 10th edition to discuss the 2030 UN Agenda

Tuesday 21st of June 2016
IJJO Day by Day

Last 15th and 16th of June, about 42 000 participants from 154 countries took part to the 10th anniversary of the European Development Days in Brussels. Organised by the European Commission, this huge event focused on the 2030 UN Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by the UN General Assembly in September 2015. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets that were the focus of those two days seek to complete what the Millennium Development Goals did not achieve. Among others, they seek to end poverty and hunger, improve health conditions, and to promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies with effective governance based on the rule of law. In relation to this, Juvenile Justice was covered by this event as well, with workshops dedicated to youth in relation to justice and crime prevention. 


With the participation and interventions of a number of heads of States and governments from all continents, and of many important personalities of international organizations (in particular UN Secretary General Mr. Ban Ki-moon and EC Vice-President Ms. Federica Mogherini), the EDD were also the opportunity for strong declarations and for high level bi- and multilateral meetings and agreements. A special address from Her Majesty Mathilde Queen of the Belgians was also part of the programme.

This year, and for the first time, the EDD launched a Youth Agenda to showcase the active role that youth can play in implementing today’s development agenda. Several working sessions were organised on the special needs of children and youth, aimed at ending all forms of exploitation, violence, trafficking, abuse that affect them, and at giving a voice to youth in this process.

Represented by the international expert Ms Marianne More, the IJJO has actively participated to the workshop “Juvenile Justice in Afghanistan: A building block for peace” organised by the NGOs Children in crisis and War child and moderated by Ms Julie Ward, MEP. The objective of this session was to propose and identify solutions and good practices to improve the national juvenile justice system by implementing positive and rights-based alternatives to detention for children of this country.

The IJJO also took part to the following sessions: “Making sure every child is free from violence”, “Promoting young people as peacebuilders” and “Challenging the influence of religion in achieving universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights”.

For more information on the EDD 2016, please visit: https://eudevdays.eu/about-edd16

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