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European Year of Development

The DEBATE Project wishes you

a peaceful and happy 2015



2015 is a special year for development

2015 is both a new beginning and a deadline
  • 2015 is the deadline for reaching the Millennium Development Goals – Eight Goals the world agreed to reach in 2000.
  • 2015 is the year in which the international community will agree on the future global framework for poverty eradication and sustainable development – currently known as the “post-2015 agenda”.
  • In 2015, a new climate change global agreement will be signed in Paris in December.
  • 2015 is an opportunity for Europeans to show their commitment to eradicating poverty worldwide and to make the world a better and more equal place for all its inhabitants.

Pictured at the launch of the European Year for Development in Dublin Castle was President Michael D. Higgins. 2015 is the "European Year for Development". The main objective is to inform the European citizens as well as national governments about the development cooperation of the EU and its member states. ­   It is a year to encourage the direct involvement, critical thinking and active interest of citizens in development cooperation and to give a better understanding that its importance is not only for the beneficiaries but also for the European citizens. ***NO REPRO FEE*** Photography: Conor Healy Photography.


“The choices that will be made at the end of the year in relation to [development and climate change] will have a real impact on this and future generations. Our decision-makers are presented with a unique opportunity to address the most urgent and fundamental needs of millions of people around the world, people who have the right, and seek the means, the freedom, to live their lives in dignity. And it is a task for all of us – elected representatives, NGO workers, students, activists and, simply, concerned citizens – to use whatever means we have at our disposal to ensure that the governments who represent us conduct these multilateral negotiations with real commitment and an appropriate sense of urgency [….]2015 presents us with both huge challenges and opportunities. It will require brave and wise decisions from world leaders”

President Michael D. Higgins

 At the Irish Launch of the European Year of Development

Dublin Castle, Thursday, 22nd January 2015


Read the full speech by President Higgins here.