The European Development Days drew more than 5000 participants to Brussels this week for debate and discussion on how to improve development outcomes. We took a small camera to the floor to ask people what they thought the priorities should be in the framework that will replace the Millennium Development Goals.
The answers reflect the complexity of the debate. Dominated by the expected sector and thematic focus, there was also increased consideration of youth participation in the discussion, and sincere concern over climate change, inequalities and security issues.
Several people voiced the opinion that genuine cooperation beyond country agendas will be necessary to obtain a meaningful outcome. “The priority is to have everyone on board,” said EuropeAid’s Arnaud de Vanssay, “Without this, we will miss the point and will not have the development we want.”
ECPDM’s James Mackie shares this view: “My main preoccupation with the post 2015 framework is that we need to get agreement between the EU, the Chinese, the Indians and the Brazilians on how we are going to sort this framework out, and without that we won’t be going anywhere,” he said.
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