European Development Days

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The European Development Days is Europe’s premier forum for international affairs and development cooperation. It is organized by the European Commission and connects local actors, policy makers, and international institutions from the development community.

YEL at the EDD 2016

YEL plans to return to the EDD taking place in June in Brussels. Cooperation and international development are two topics on which future leaders have to be knowledgeable in order to shape a more sustainable world. Young European Leadership will advocate the voice of the young generation on these and many more arguments at the European Development Days 2016 (EDD16) taking place on June 15th and 16th. For its tenth anniversary, EDD 2016 will focus on the ‘2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’, making it one of the very first major conferences dedicated to the issue. Discussions will be focused on 5 relevant themes:

  • People (Inequalities, Gender, Leave no-one behind);
  • Planet (Climate Change, Circular Economy, Water-Energy-Food Nexus);
  • Prosperity (Sustainable Cities, Science Technology and Innovation, Trade and Growth);
  • Peace (Fragile States, Migration and Refugees, Inclusive and Peaceful Societies);
  • Partnership (Means of Implementation, Ensuring Accountability, Engaging the Private Sector).

YEL among other 1200 organizations and 5000 people from 140 countries will share ideas and experiences with speakers from the major international institutions in ways that inspire new partnerships and innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. More information as well as the program is available at

Applicants Profile

YEL Delegates are expected to possess a relevant background in the area of the conference, which will ensure high returns for them, the conference and YEL. Delegates will need to contribute to the topic of the conference. Being a YEL delegate implies investing time before, during and after the conference to properly represent yourself, as well as YEL. Applicants for each conference must meet the following criteria:

  • Applicants must be between 18-35 years of old at the time of the conference.
  • Applicants must demonstrate a strong interest in the topic of the conference.
  • Applicants must have experience in activism and/or education regarding the topic of the conference.
  • Applicants should be willing to contribute to the delegation with articles and/or social media input.

Application deadlines:

Application Guidelines

  • All interviews will be conducted in May.
  • Attach a CV of max 2 pages at the end of the form – in English. No other languages will be accepted.
  • Second step of the application process will be a short interview conducted by YEL staff via Skype.
  • You may be asked to give a short interview to YEL’s media team during the event.
  • Optional: Support your application with a short paper, ideally on a topic of conference (max 10 pages, only English language accepted).
  • Costs:
    • Participants are responsible to arrange/pay for any VISA application, travel, accommodation, insurance, and any other costs that may be incurred by the participation.
    • YEL asks for a €10 contribution towards YEL from all candidates who accept an offer to join a YEL delegation.
  • For questions, please contact:, using the subject line Question application: [Event]: [Your name]

Failure to comply with the guidelines will may lead to the immediate exclusion of the application process. YEL reserves the right to exclude individuals from the application process, discharge applicants from any appointments upon being selected, or to take any other steps deemed necessary, in cases such as, but not excluded to, (voluntarily or involuntarily) falsely provided information, unlawful acts in any other regard, disqualifies him- or herself via significant lack of performance or other aspects disqualifying him or her to represent YEL.

YEL at the EDD 2015

YEL delegates at the European Development Days 2015 briefly met the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy after the closing event of the first day of the conference

YEL delegates at the European Development Days 2015 briefly met the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy after the closing event of the first day of the conference.

YEL is was excited to return to the European Development Days 2015 in midst of the European Year of Development. The EDD 2015, organized by the European Commission, took place June 3 and 4 in Brussels and are Europe’s premier forum on international affairs and development cooperation. YEL was already present 2013 at the EDD 2013, read more below.

The agenda of the EDD 2015 included over 130 sessions including high-level discussions, lab debates, and brainstorming sessions. Participants will had the opportunity to hear from global leaders, visionaries, and leading experts on development cooperation while networking with professionals from around the world.

YEL at the EDD 2013

YEL at the European Development Days 2013.

The European Development Days is Europe’s premier forum for international affairs and development cooperation. It is organized by the European Commission and aims to consolidate a unified approach to pressing issues and inspire thinking on international cooperation in an open and inclusive manner. The EDD welcome Heads of State, Nobel laureates, and YEL together with many other exciting participants. Check out some impressions and meet YEL’s international delegation to the EDD 2013, blending in with 10 delegates, 6 young women, 4 young men, from Croatia, Denmark, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Turkey, and the United States.

YEL Delegation at the EDD 2013

Lead Delegate


  • Ms. Zana Nanic Mail LinkedIn
  • YEL Staff, from Croatia
  • Being myself interested in human rights and being indeed very proactive on the topic- volunteering experiences with refugees and upcoming internship at the International Court of Justice in The Hague- I would love to meet people who are active in the field and network with individuals passionate as I am.



  • Mr. Radoslav Šoth Mail LinkedIn
  • YEL Staff, from Slovakia
  • The European Union is one of the major stakeholders in the struggle for a decent life and economic development, on its continent as well as abroad. Meeting with international leaders in Brussels will be a fantastic experience, and our delegation will have the opportunity to witness how the global agenda in the field of development is discussed.


  • Ms. Nicole Bogott Mail LinkedIn
  • YEL Staff, from Germany
  • I have been interested in and dealt with development issues academically and hands on. We live in an interdependent world and as a young European I am particularly eager to engage in thought-provoking discussions on agriculture and food security, gender equality, financial inclusion and global imbalances as well as governance and democratization practices at the EDD13.


  • Mr. Jeppe Fischer Mail LinkedIn
  • YEL Fellow, from Denmark
  • I have a huge interest in this EDD13! After covering COP19 in Warsaw, Poland for the Australian-based news-wire, The Verb, I am thrilled to get a chance to again leave the books back home for a while and see theories in action, and see how these sensitive topics are being handled.


  • Ms. Sera Onalan Mail LinkedIn
  • Participant, from Turkey and the USA
  • My exposure to different cultures and societies has endowed me with an ability to better identify with people from various backgrounds, which I think is important in the European and development context since both involve cooperating with people from different settings.


  • Mr. Arndt Emmerich Mail LinkedIn
  • Y20 Delegate 2013, from Germany
  • Out of the awareness regarding the enormous responsibility of the youths in the shaping of a newly emerging and multipolar world order, I am confident that I will be able to represent YEL’s voice and the voice of the European Union at this extremely promising forum on the pressing issues of our time in the capital of Europe.


  • Ms. Giorgia Rega Mail LinkedIn
  • Delegate, from Italy
  • I in fact truly believe that only by listening to each others opinions, confronting, challenging our own limits and eventually standing together, our generation will be able to successfully commit towards the sound and long lasting change at which development aims.


  • Ms. Marta González García Mail LinkedIn
  • YEL Fellow, from Spain
  • I think it is extremely important to get involved as a young adult in current global issues in order to handle challenges that we may have to keep facing in some decades.


  • Ms. Marília Ferreira da Cunha Mail LinkedIn
  • Delegate, from Portugal
  • I am extremely interested in continuing to develop my research in this field thus the participation in this conference would bring me other perspectives in the discussion of the consensus for a new development. This platform would also be an excellent opportunity to interact with development practitioners and other stakeholders.


  • Mr. Kevin Mendeszoon Mail LinkedIn
  • Delegate, from the Netherlands
  • Furthermore, EDD13 presents, albeit implicitly, a platform that brings new people into the life of participants. People that in general terms have the same objective as you.