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EU: European Development Days. “Addressing inequalities: building a world which leaves no one behind”

(Brussels) The European Development Days (EDD) – the leading global forum on development cooperation – kick off in Brussels today. The event will host more than 8,000 participants from 140 countries, representing 1,200 organisations from the development world, including Heads of State or Government, experts, influencers, and young leaders. “Addressing inequalities: building a world which leaves no one behind” – this is the title of the 13th edition of the EDD which will focus on the European Union’s commitment to addressing inequalities in the context of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. “In these turbulent times, the EU is a force for good in this world and a reliable partner for all”, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker stated, stressing that the EU is “the world’s largest development donor, but this is not charity, it is investment” in “growth, jobs and in building a better future for young people across the globe”. President Juncker himself will open the EDD, and several commissioners will participate in different events both today and tomorrow. The EDD are structured around three main themes: the link between inequalities and sustainable development; the structural causes of inequalities; and enhancing cooperation through more effective policies to address inequalities (

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