The United Nations at the European Development Days (#EDD17)

Where: European Development Days, Tour and Taxis, Avenue du Port 86C 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium
When: 7 and 8 June

What: Achieving the ambitious targets of the 2030 Agenda requires a revitalized and enhanced global partnership. Focusing on the role of governments, civil society and the private sector is key to advance the implementation of the SDGs, prevent crises and sustain peace. Whether creating jobs, investing in education, skills, and training, or tackling underlying causes of displacement like conflict, disaster or climate change, only by working together we can have a huge impact in preventing instability and helping peaceful societies flourish. This is why the United Nations stand will focus on advancing sustainable development to positively contribute to a more secure, just, equitable and sustainable future for this and future generations. The SDG Action Hub will provided a space for decision-makers and experts to experience first-hand innovative approaches to SDG communication and advocacy such as the MY World survey which provides citizen generated data on SDG implementation and monitoring. Visitors can also learn about the human stories behind development challenges with United Nations Virtual Reality (UNVR) on SDG issues. Additionally, the UN SDG Hub will feature a SDG Stage which will serve as a unique platform to generate inter-generational dialogues between youth activists and representatives from the United Nations, the European Commission and a wide range of other institutions present at the EDDs.


  • Amina Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary-General
  • Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General elect, World Health Organization (WHO)
  • Thomas Gass, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs in UN DESA
  • Robert Glasser, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Dr. Aisa Kirabo Kacyira, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director of UN-Habitat
  • Yannick Glemarec, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director, UN WOMEN
  • Elisabeth Rasmusson, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Assistant Executive Director, World Food Programme (WFP)
  • Hiroshi Kuniyoshi, Managing Director & Deputy to the Director General, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
  • Edouard Firmin Matoko, Assistant Director-General for Africa, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
  • Xavier Michon, Deputy Executive Secretary, United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF)
  • Gervais Appave, Special Advisor to the International Organization for Migration’s (IOM) Director General

For more information please contact:

Anna Leichtfried
UN Coordination Specialist
UN/UNDP Brussels Office
Phone +32 (0)2 505 4629
[email protected]Xavier Longan
Programme Specialist and Europe Focal Point
UN SDG Action Campaign

Phone +49(0)15143361425
Christophe Verhellen
Head of Communications
EU & Benelux countries
Tel: +32 2 788 84 54
Mob: +32 475 90 63 60
Deborah Seward
United Nations Regional Information Centre
155, rue de la Loi, 1040 Brussels, Belgium
email: [email protected]
Tel: +32 (0) 2 788 8450