For the second consecutive year, our lab will work with 16 young representatives from all over the world in the context of the European Development Days (EDDs)
Each year the Young Leaders Programme selects and invites 16 exceptional young people to the EDDs to share their ideas, bring insights and to enrich the debates with the high-level decision-makers in the various panels of this forum. These Young Leaders are experts in their respective fields and bring hands on experience and understanding of development issues. They are committed to being agents of change in their societies.
Preceeding the EDDs we’ll be organising a one-day lab session, during which we will work together with the Young Leaders to formulate and prepare key messages on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Young Leaders will explore the interconnections between the different areas of their work and the implications for achieving the SDGs.
The messages that will emerge from this session will serve as the basis for discussion at the JRC Brainstorming session at the EDDs, which will be held on 15 June 2016 (16:00-17:15).
During the session, Young Leaders’ grassroots and wide-ranging experiences will be confronted with opportunities and challenges emerging from major future trends. In their pursuit to find creative, fresh and innovative solutions, they will employ a systems-approach to explore cross-cutting themes amongst People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace and Partnership. In four parallel interactive sessions the Young Leaders will have the opportunity to crash test and shape their proposals with the audience into novel key messages that will serve to engage the current development community.
We are very excited to be working with the Young Leaders again. Last years’ experience was very positive and enriching for all of us involved! If you are interested we invite you to join our open session at the EDDs 2016 on 15 June! If you would like to find out more about last year’s session you can read the related post in the blog.