European Development Days – EDD is Europe’s leading forum on development since 2006. Organised by the European Commission, the European Development Days (EDD) bring the development community together each year to share ideas and experiences in ways that inspire new partnerships and innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.
For its twelfth edition, EDD 2018 will aim at bringing together the European Union’s commitment to gender equality and women’s empowerment with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Gender equality and women empowerment are at the core of European values and enshrined within the EU’s legal and political framework. This is why the event will focus on the vital role of women and the need for their full and equal participation and leadership in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
How can you get involved?
EDD 2018 is an unparalleled opportunity for the development community to share knowledge, lessons learned and showcase achievements.
The Community section of the website will offer a dedicated space for submitting sessions, signing up for newsletters, and registering to EDD 2018 and its side events.
Young Leaders Programme
Following the success of the previous editions, EDD 2018 will continue to host the Young Leaders Programme, inviting exceptional youth representatives to speak at the high-level panels of the forum and bring fresh perspectives from the new generation. Together, the EDD 2018 Team and session organisers will select 15 young people from across the world who have demonstrated their expertise and leadership on one of the EDD 2018 topics. Young Leaders will be invited to Brussels to share their projects and experiences, as well as to engage with delegations from governments and international organisations.
EDD Global Village
The EDD Global Village is a particularly exciting platform featuring stands that showcase successful projects and ground-breaking reports from around the world. The Village will be the focal point of the EDD 2018 venue and will serve as a crossroads for interaction, innovation and networking among participants. The Village will be a place to dive into the core topics of the EDD.
Find out more: https://eudevdays.eu/
The IAS announces Amsterdam as site of the International AIDS Conference in July 2018
12 December 2014 (Geneva, Switzerland) – Today, The International AIDS Society (IAS) announced that Amsterdam, Netherlands will host the 22nd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2018). AIDS 2018 will be held on 23-28 July 2018 at the Amsterdam RAI and is expected to bring together some 15,000 participants from around the world.
“The Netherlands is a great example of what happens when a government supports outstanding science and embraces evidence-based HIV programmes in combination with a robust commitment to human rights,” said Chris Beyrer, President of the IAS. “We are delighted to convene the International AIDS Conference in a city and country so committed to fighting the epidemic.”
This is the second time that Amsterdam will host the International AIDS Conference (IAC). The 8th International AIDS Conference was held in the Dutch capital in 1992. The last IAC to be held in Europe was AIDS 2010 in Vienna. Amsterdam will be an important opportunity to measure the progress since then, especially in Eastern Europe where decisive leadership and engagement is critical for an effective response to the epidemic.
“We are honored to host AIDS 2018 and committed to making it a historic event,” said Mr. Lambert Grijns, the Netherlands Ambassador for Sexual and Reproductive Health & Rights and HIV/AIDS. “Amsterdam is a global city and we will ensure the conference reflects the many thousands of people who will attend.”
Amsterdam was selected to host AIDS 2018 following an evaluation of candidate cities conducted by the IAS Governing Council. Bids are reviewed based on three main criteria: impact on the epidemic, conference infrastructure, and freedom of movement and travel for people living with HIV. According to a policy of non-discrimination first adopted by the IAS Governing Council in 1992, the IAS will not hold its conferences in countries that restrict short term entry of people living with HIV, and/or require prospective HIV-positive visitors to declare their HIV status on visa application forms or other documentation required for entry into the country.
The International AIDS Conference was previously held in Melbourne, Australia in 2014. The next conference (AIDS 2016) will be held in Durban, South Africa in July 2016.
About the IAS
The International AIDS Society (IAS) is the world’s leading independent association of HIV professionals with members from more than 180 countries working at all levels of the global response to AIDS. The IAS members include researchers from all disciplines, clinicians, public health and community practitioners on the frontlines of the epidemic, as well as policy and programme planners. The IAS is custodian of the biennial International AIDS Conference, which will be held in Durban, South Africa, 17-22 July 2016 and lead organizer of the IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention, which will be held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, 19-22 July 2015.
An estimated 200 million women and girls alive today have been subjected to female genital mutilation (FGM). Without accelerated action, 68 million girls are at risk of getting cut by 2030. On 6 February, the International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM, join UNFPA and the international community in calling for an end to this harmful practice against women and girls.
Fatmah escaped FGM, but 68 million girls are still at risk of getting cut by 2030. See how @UNFPA is working to #EndFGM around the world: unfpa.org/EndFGM
“Let’s fight together against FGM!” Latty (14) has been fighting this #humanrights violation for four years and will inspire you to join the movement to #EndFGM
Meet Sharleen (17), a brave girl in Kenya who refused to be subjected to female genital mutilation (FGM)