Building partnerships: international development and sustainable business

‘Women and Girls at the Forefront of Sustainable Development: protect, empower, invest’ is the theme for this years European Development Days. Is is therefore important to highlight why women's empowerment and gender equality must go hand in hand with specific health investments, writes Mariam Claeson. [Quick Shot/Shutterstock]

The 12th annual European Development Days (EDD) took place in Brussels on 5-6 June. The EDD has established itself as a key fixture in the world’s development calendar and is now widely considered as the “Davos of development”.

Relations between the EU and developing countries are changing. The recently agreed UN Sustainable Development Goals and aid spending commitments are intact, but it is unclear how and whether they will be met.

In the meantime, the EU plans to revamp its development tools and financial investment instruments in the next seven-year budget (multi-annual financial framework), increasing the role of the private sector.

‘Women and Girls at the Forefront of Sustainable Development: protect, empower, invest’ is the theme for this year’s EDD.

In this Special Report, EURACTIV covers the EDD and looks at the latest policy trends in sustainable development.

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