GIZ at the European Development Days

15./16.06.2016 | The European Commission’s European Development Days (EDD) turned ten this year and GIZ joined the anniversary at Brussels Tour & Taxis event site together with around 5,000 participants from 140 countries. In line with the theme ‘Sustainable Development Goals in Action: Our world, our dignity, our future’, the focus on 15 and 16 June 2016 was on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The main message was that we need to move from words to actions – and do so together, because the challenges the world faces no longer stop at national borders.

The guests therefore included UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, who, together with the World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, the European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica, and other heads of government, opened the EDD at lunchtime. By then, GIZ was already in the thick of discussions: Experts from GIZ and its partner institutions and networks were on hand in 13 discussion rounds ("labs") and brainstorming sessions and at three stands in the EDD Global Village to share their experiences, discuss good approaches and current issues and exchange ideas on the implementation of the SDGs. Visitors to the GIZ events found out among other things what the design thinking method is all about, and how it is used for project ideas; how dialogues on the water, energy and food nexus are initiated; how businesses, politicians and civil society are fighting corruption; and where urban development and sustainable energy supply meet.

See, hear and read about what went on by accessing the EDD media

Anyone who wasn’t there live can find out what happened at the various events by accessing the quotes, video clips and podcasts on the EDD website. You will find the full-length videos and Soundcloud recordings of the labs at the end of each event page under ‘media wall’ - just follow the links below. The interactive brainstorming sessions were not recorded but were visualised professionally.

BMZ event: Tapping into the economic potential of refugees: A win-win for all? Copyright: European Commission
Design Thinking during the "lab of tomorrow" Copyright: GIZ
Visitors to GIZ´s stand "Competitive African Agricultural Value Chains". Copyright: GIZ
Friends of Europe event: Time to think urban. Copyright: European Commission
Brainstorming session: Sharing knowledge in development organizations. Copyright: European Commission
"Transforming the way we work in international development" lab on 15 June. Copyright: GIZ
Stand: Mobilising private investments for renewable energy in Africa. Copyright: GIZ
Debate: Shining a light on poor people’s energy access priorities for sustainable energy access. Copyright: European Commission
Visualisation of the session "Future energy scenarios for African cities:". Copyright: GIZ/Housatonic
Discussion: How the Water – Energy – Food Nexus approach will contribute to the Agenda 2030. Copyright: European Commission