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The European Commission announced this morning the names of the 17 inspiring young people from around the world who will enrich the debates of the European Development Days 2021 – which take place from 15 and 16 June, in digital format.
These young leaders, aged between 21 and 26, were chosen from 202 candidates from 99 countries for their exceptional skills, experience and active contributions in finding solutions to climate change issues.
They come from countless countries: Mongolia, Indonesia, Brazil, Chile, Zambia, Liberia, Kenya, Nigeria, Honduras, Zimbabwe, India, Lebanon and Vietnam. They will share, in high-level panels and special events, their vision on how to make the planet sustainable for future generations, a central theme of this year’s edition of the European Development Days.
Since 2015, the Young Leaders Program seeks to ensure that the youngest have a say in the topics highlighted each year. Young Leaders will, in the course of joint sessions, share their views and experiences with heads of state, human rights activists, business and industrial leaders, legislators, entrepreneurs, representatives of non-governmental organizations, and academics.
Commissioner for International Partnerships, Jutta Urpilainen says that “because young people are the cornerstones of tomorrow’s world, the European Union supports its empowerment whenever society needs inspiration and courage to shape a greener and more just world, and to protect our planet. The European Commission wants to give them a voice. We believe in your invaluable contribution to global development efforts.”
The European Development Days of 2021 will focus on the international community’s strategic response to climate change and the protection of biodiversity: ‘The green agreement for a sustainable future’ is this year’s theme. The event will bring together global players of great importance in the area.