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European Year for Development

2015 is a very important year for development cooperation, because the international community just agreed the new Global Goals for 2030 in New York at the United Nations. It is also the year where we expect to come up with an ambitious agenda and binding targets on Climate Change in Paris in December.

That’s why we are celebrating the European Year for Development now. It is actually the first ever European Year to be dedicated to external relations.

This year creates a unique momentum to bring development closer to EU citizens and especially young people. Together with our Member States and partners from the civil society and the private sector, we have been campaigning to inform Europeans how international development works and how every cent of every euro is spent.

It is about how complex, global challenges can have a direct impact on our daily lives. Climate change, natural and man-made disasters, migration, radical extremism, virus outbreaks and security issues do not have passports and do not stop at land and sea borders. Only through cooperation with our partners around the world can we better the lives for all people and bring to life the motto of the European Year for Development: ‘Our world, our dignity, our future’.

We invite you to visit our innovative website: europe.eu/eyd2015

And to sign up to our social media: facebook.com/EuropeanYearForDevelopment2015@EYD2015#EYD2015

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TV5 Monde

Present in more than 200 countries and territories, TV5Monde have 9 general interest channels specific to each continent, broadcast in 250 million connected households. Drawing an average weekly audience of 55 million viewers (weekly cumulative audience), the channels are also officially aired in all the main international political institutions like the UN Organisation in New York and at the African Union’s building in Addis Ababa.

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United Nations Associations in Belgium

The Associations for the United Nations for the French-speaking community (APNU) and for the Flemish speaking community (VVN) in Belgium are non-profit associations, established under Belgian law, independent from any political party, religious or philosophic community and without any economic interests. The Associations aim to raise awareness of the principles of the UN and the necessity of international cooperation and to bring a better knowledge and a understanding of the work and goals of the UN, its various subsidiary bodies and specialized agencies.

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Rock the City

For several years the Brussels Region and the City of Brussels have been developing numerous events to breathe new life into the city and to increase the touristic and economic potential of Brussels. Together with various actors in the Brussels region Rock the City contributes to the movement and helps throughout the year with the organization of events and demonstrations.

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FPS Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation

As an organisation with solid, long-standing experience in foreign relations, FPS Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation deploys its expertise and knowledge of the international environment in order to defend Belgian interests abroad, promote the advent of a more stable, fairer and more prosperous world, and combat global poverty. Our FPS feels that providing support and assistance to Belgian nationals abroad is one of its main responsibilities. Working in coordination and consultation with other partners active abroad, our FPS will continually encourage consistency of action by our country abroad.

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The City of Brussels

The City of Brussels, a municipality consisting of the central historic town with its Grand Place, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and certain additional areas within the greater Brussels-Capital Region, organizes various campaigns and events on international solidarity throughout the year. To lead its policy concerning international solidarity, the City of Brussels created the ‘International Solidarity Unit’ which is active both on the territory of the City of Brussels and in the partner countries. Through the intercommunal programme on development cooperation, the City of Brussels is currently engaged in a partnership with the City of Kinshasa. The Unit organises awareness-raising activities about the existing inequality in the world and wants to create a culture of solidarity between the people in Brussels and the rest of the world.