The European Development Days (EDDs) provide a timely and focused interface for stakeholders and governments to address global challenges in an open and often informal atmosphere.
This year’s theme is ‘inclusive growth and sustainable development’ with a specific focus on three topics: agriculture and food security; engaging the private sector for development; and empowering people for inclusive growth.
Stop AIDS Alliance, the Brussels office of the Alliance, together with UNAIDS, Action for Global Health and other health civil society organisations was chosen to organise one of the 15 high level panels at the EDD. The panel, Building a social contract for health, will emphasise the importance of realising the right to health to increase social and economic growth.
A number of high level speakers will share their thoughts on the EU’s role in promoting a shared responsibility for universal health coverage (UHC) in the context of its social protection and global health strategies:
- David Evans, Director of the Health Systems Financing Department, WHO
- Rosemary Museminali, Representative for the African Union, UNAIDS
- Jean-Marc Chataigner, Deputy Director, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- Stefan Seebacher, Head of the Health Department, International Federation of the Red Cross/ Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
- Indu Capoor, Director, Centre for Health Education, Training and Nutrition Awareness (CHETNA)
- Jan Paehler, Global Health Policy Coordinator EuropeAid, European Commission
CHETNA is a partner of the India HIV/AIDS Alliance, working on promoting the rights of people living with HIV and sexual and reproductive rights. They will present their experience working on those issues in a in a middle-income country context. Indu Capoor will share her ideas about the relevance of donors continuing to invest in health in middle income countries and the need to focus on vulnerable groups and underfunded sectors in these countries.
The Alliance’s Director of External Relations, Awo Ablo, will be moderating a panel debate titled Private sector funding in development. The event will present findings from research by 20 leading thinkers into how private sector investment in international development can be leveraged.
The Alliance will also be one of the NGOs taking part in an informal meeting organised by Action for Global Health which aims to increase the understanding of UHC by raising questions and concerns about the role of health and UHC in the post-2015 MDG framework. The goal is to explore the synergies between different organisations and networks and see how we can work together towards the United Nations thematic consultations that are happening in the coming months.