The Informal Meeting of Ministers for Development Cooperation, which will take place on 9 and 10 December in Luxembourg, is expected to focus on the ongoing negotiations in Paris at the COP21, on the implementation of the recently adopted 2030 Agenda in EU development policy and on the migration issue following the La Valetta summit.
Closing Ceremony of the European Year for Development
The Closing Ceremony of the European Year for Development will take place in this framework on 9 December 2015 at 5.15 p.m.
2015 has been a pivotal year for development cooperation: the year when the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) came to an end, and when the Sustainable Development Goals were put in place. During the UN Summit in September, the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development was adopted, which will set the course for international cooperation and development up to 2030. 2015 also saw the Financing for Development Summit take place in Addis Ababa, as well as the forthcoming Climate Change Conference of Parties (or 'COP') in Paris.
In this context, 2015 was a particularly fitting year for the European Year for Development – the first ever to focus on external affairs. The closing ceremony marks the culmination of a successful campaign, which has seen partners such as youth groups, international organisations, members of the public, NGOs, the private sector, schools and universities from all over the EU, and worldwide, come together in a wide range of events, debates, and competitions on international development.