European Year for Development 2015

The European Year for Development 2015, the first European thematic year with a global theme, will be officially launched by the Latvian Presidency on 8 January 2015.

During the year, each month will be devoted to a different theme (see below).

The main events throughout year will be: the opening event in Belgium on 17 Janaury, a gender event in Latvia on 2 March, the European Development days on 2-3 June, and a closing event by the Luxembourg presidency on 8 December. The Committee of the Regions will organise a conference ‘Assises of Decentralised Cooperation’ on 1-2 June.

2015 will be an important year for develoment issues, with the United Nations Climate Conference in paris in December, expected decisions on the post-2015 development agenda, and as the year of the expiry of the Millenium Development Goals.

At its Federal Assembly in Rome on 28-29 November, the EMI adopted a resolution supporting the European Year on Development.

Monthly themes:

January – “Europe in the world”
February – “Education”
March – “Women and Girls”
April – “Health”
May – “Peace and Security”
June – “Sustainable green growth, decent jobs and businesses”
July – “Children and youth”
August – “Humanitarian aid”
September – “Demography and migration”
October – “Food security”
November – “Sustainable development and climate action”
December – “Human rights and governance”