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Future Leaders Programme

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March 18, 2015

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Do you want to participate in Europe’s largest forum on development? Do you want to have a say in the debates that shape development policy? Apply to our Future Leaders Programme to be selected to come to European Development Days 2015 in Brussels!

A call to all young leaders

Are you playing an active role in the fight against poverty? Have you been involved in innovative projects to address global challenges in your community? Do you want to share your vision of the future with global leaders?

If yes, then you should apply for the Future Leaders Programme and win an invitation to the 2015 edition of European Development Days (EDD15), to speak about issues you are passionate about, alongside world leaders!

Can I apply?

We are looking for 12 extraordinary young people ages 21-26 from around the world who can represent the powerful impact that youth are having in the development field. The finalists will be ‘movers and shakers’ in their communities who are able to speak at a high-level about a topic they are passionate about, outlined in the EDD programme.

How to apply

In order to apply  for the  FUTURE LEADERS programme, please submit your  application by 23.59 CET 18 March  2015. Application forms are available by clicking the  APPLY NOW button on the  Future  Leaders page.  Late applications will not be accepted.

You will be  applying as a speaker’s role  for one of the  EDD15 auditorium sessions, according to the  topic  of the  panel. To complete the  form,  you  must select  the  EDD topic  that  you  wish  to  speak  about.  You must feel  comfortable  and knowledgeable  about the topic  of your  choice and  it must relate closely  to your  interests and  expertise.

The     topics   of    EDD15    include:    (please    refer     to     the     EDD15    website    for    more   detail     on     each  session    topic)

  • Halting Climate Change And Building Resilience  (Keywords:  climate  change, disaster risk reduction,  adaptation,  risk prevention, disaster detection, urban/property development, capacity building, resilience to food  crisis)
  • Sustainable Energy For Growth (Keywords: innovation, renewable energy, smart grids, infrastructure, wind, solar, recycling, sustainable energy for all, sustainable consumption of energy)
  •  An Urban World:   Challenges And  Opportunities (Keywords: urban  planning,  energy efficiency,  demographic challenge,  ageing population,  youth unemployment,  public   transportation,  rural  to  urban migration,  poor habitat,  local  dimension  of  development,  civil society, affordable/ available housing, challenge in feeding the  cities)
  • Gender Equality (Keywords: women’s empowerment, men 4 women, gender equality, Beijing+20, LGBT rights,  female genital mutilation, gender pay gap  pay, equal representation, women in leadership positions, violence against women)
  • Right to  Health (Keywords: Ebola, strengthening public  health institutions and  medical care  coverage for all, horizontal vs. vertical  funds, right to live saving  drugs,  basic  health care  coverage, maternal health, health prevention)
  •  Inclusion and  Inequality  (Keywords: access  to  social  services,  horizontal  inequality,  marginalisation,  capital  allocation,  inequalities of income and  wealth, inclusive globalisation)
  •  Feeding the Planet  Together  (Keywords: global  food  security,  hunger, sustainable agriculture,  nutrition,  right  to  food,  fisheries,  land management, property rights,  retail, policy  coherence for development)
  •  Fair Globalisation  (Keywords: trade,   global   finance regulation,  debt,   global   governance, access to  financing,  WTO  trade facilitation agreement, policy  coherence for development)
  •  Migration (Keywords: making migration work for development, right  of asylum, refugees & asylum seekers, war  & security, global  peace agenda, human trafficking,  policy  coherence for development)
  •  Growth And Poverty Eradication  (Keywords: CSR, rule  of  law,  secure investments,  infrastructure,  accountability of  companies,  tax avoidance, financial transaction tax, transparency, G7 agenda, whistle-blowers, industry watchdogs)
  •  Decent Jobs (Keywords: responsible supply chains,  garment initiative,  social  &  economic  rights,  social  protection,  social  dimension  of globalisation, job security, flexi-security, decent wage, child labour, modern forms  of slavery, workplace safety,  unemployment security)
  •  Global Citizenship  (Keywords: sustainable  &  conscious consumption,  carbon footprint,  sustainable tourism,  voice  and  empowerment, civil society action, responsibility of consumers)

    How to apply

    In order to apply  for the  FUTURE LEADERS programme, please submit your  application by 23.59 CET 18 March  2015. Application forms are available by clicking the  APPLY NOW button on the  Future  Leaders page.  Late applications will not  be accepted.

    You will be  applying as a speaker’s role  for one of the  EDD15 auditorium sessions, according to the  topic  of the  panel.  To complete the  form,  you  must select  the  EDD topic  that  you  wish  to  speak  about.  You must feel  comfortable  and  knowledgeable  about the topic  of your  choice and  it must relate closely  to your  interests and  expertise.

    The     topics   of    EDD15    include:    (please    refer     to     the     EDD15    website    for    more   detail     on     each   session    topic)

    •  Halting Climate Change And Building Resilience  (Keywords:  climate  change, disaster risk reduction,  adaptation,  risk prevention, disaster detection, urban/property development, capacity building, resilience to food  crisis)
    •  Sustainable Energy For Growth (Keywords: innovation, renewable energy, smart grids, infrastructure, wind, solar, recycling, sustainable energy for all, sustainable consumption of energy)
    •  An Urban World:   Challenges And  Opportunities (Keywords: urban  planning,  energy efficiency,  demographic challenge,  ageing population,  youth unemployment,  public   transportation,  rural  to  urban migration,  poor habitat,  local  dimension  of  development,  civil society, affordable/ available housing, challenge in feeding the  cities)
    •  Gender Equality (Keywords: women’s empowerment, men 4 women, gender equality, Beijing+20, LGBT rights,  female genital mutilation, gender pay gap  pay, equal representation, women in leadership positions, violence against women)
    •  Right to  Health (Keywords: Ebola, strengthening public  health institutions and  medical care  coverage for all, horizontal vs. vertical  funds, right to live saving  drugs,  basic  health care  coverage, maternal health, health prevention)
    •  Inclusion and  Inequality  (Keywords: access  to  social  services,  horizontal  inequality,  marginalisation,  capital  allocation,  inequalities of income and  wealth, inclusive globalisation)
    •  Feeding the Planet  Together  (Keywords: global  food  security,  hunger, sustainable agriculture,  nutrition,  right  to  food,  fisheries,  land management, property rights,  retail, policy  coherence for development)
    •  Fair Globalisation  (Keywords: trade,   global   finance regulation,  debt,   global   governance, access to  financing,  WTO  trade facilitation agreement, policy  coherence for development)
    •  Migration (Keywords: making migration work for development, right  of asylum, refugees & asylum seekers, war  & security, global  peace agenda, human trafficking,  policy  coherence for development)
    •  Growth And Poverty Eradication  (Keywords: CSR, rule  of  law,  secure investments,  infrastructure,  accountability of  companies,  tax avoidance, financial transaction tax, transparency, G7 agenda, whistle-blowers, industry watchdogs)
    •  Decent Jobs (Keywords: responsible supply chains,  garment initiative,  social  &  economic  rights,  social  protection,  social  dimension  of globalisation, job security, flexi-security, decent wage, child labour, modern forms  of slavery, workplace safety,  unemployment security)
    •  Global Citizenship  (Keywords: sustainable  &  conscious consumption,  carbon footprint,  sustainable tourism,  voice  and  empowerment, civil society action, responsibility of consumers)

Eligibility

  • Applicants must be between 21 and  26.
  • Applications are open to young adults from  all around the  world,  without restriction of nationality.
  • Applications must be  submitted  in  one of  the  following  official  European Commission  languages:  English /  French  / Spanish /  German /  Portuguese. The  candidate must be  able  to  speak   clearly  and   comprehensively in  one   of  these languages. Passive  translation will be provided if necessary during EDD15 for those languages.
  • Applicants must be able to travel  to and  participate in EDD15 in Brussels.

Evaluation Criteria

We will evaluate your  application based on three criteria:

  • 40% Your knowledge  of your  chosen topic  and  the  relevance  of your  active  engagement.  We encourage candidates to show how  their  activities have  had  an impact on the  community.
  • 30% Your role as a legitimate representative of an organisation, other youth or community, and your  leadership experience or potential.
  • 30% Your public  speaking skills and  ability to speak  at a high-level panel.

Get Started!

You will find the  application form  on the  FUTURE LEADERS page of the  European Development Days website.

Note  that  you  will be required to register on the  website before starting the  application. Once registered, click on “Add new  proposal” and  select “Future Leaders”. You can  save  and  leave  the  application process at any  time,  you  just need to save  your  progress before you  exit. You can  therefore complete the  form  in instalments. However, please do  not  forget that  you  should submit a completed form  before Wednesday 18th March  2015.

Should  you  require any additional information or assistance, please contact youth@eudevdays.eu

We wish you  the  best  of luck in the  application, and  we are very much looking  forward to reviewing your  proposal.

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