European Commission calls for #youngleaders worldwide to speak up at the European Development Days 2017

Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 15:30

Young people from all over the world, aged 21 to 26, are invited by the European Commission to take part in the Young Leaders Programme at this year's European Development Days (#EDD17).

The event is Europe's leading forum on international cooperation and development and it will take place in Brussels on 7 and 8 June 2017. The Young Leaders programme (link is external) will engage young leaders to be part of the debate on the future of international development cooperation.

Neven Mimica, Commissioner in charge of International Cooperation and Development, stressed: "I strongly support the empowerment of young people, as they are the pillars of tomorrow's world. Our society needs their inspiration and courage to be more peaceful and prosperous. Through the Young Leaders Programme, we want to give voice to them. Their contribution to global development efforts is absolutely invaluable." 

Sixteen youth representatives will be selected based on their exceptional skills, experience and commitment to development issues. Once selected, they will be invited to participate in EDD 2017 high-level panels, share their ideas and experiences and be part of the global debate with key development stakeholders, policymakers and participants. More details on the application process can be found here (link is external)