The Cyprus national programme in the framework of the 2015 European Year for Development was presented on Thursday in an effort to inform and encourage dialogue on European cooperation in the field of development and international aid.
Following a decision of the Council of the European Union and the European Parliament, EYD2015 is the first ever European Year to deal with the European Union’s external action and Europe’s role in the world. For development organisations all over Europe, it is considered an unparalleled opportunity to showcase Europe’s commitment to eradicating poverty worldwide and to inspire more Europeans to get engaged and involved in development. 2015 is also the year in which the Millennium Development Goals that the world agreed to reach in 2000, and in which the international community will agree on the future global framework for poverty eradication and sustainable development.
Cyprus is participating in this effort, under the motto “Our people, our dignity, our future”. Citizens are informed of the national programme launched, under the coordination of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Culture. The responsibility for the program management and implementation is undertaken by the Cyprus Island-wide NGO Development Platform CYINDEP, in a context of sincere cooperation and synergy between state actors and civil society.
The Cyprus national programme includes a series of events such as an enlightenment campaign for schools, a documentary youth competition, an article competition on international development, public lectures, film festival and a photo exhibition.
Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Alexander Zenon, speaking during the presentation of the national programme on Thursday at the Foreign Ministry said that the EYD2015 motto of “Our world, our dignity, our future” aims to engage the active interest of European citizens
in development cooperation and promoting a sense of solidarity and responsibility in policy formulation and implementation.
Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education and Culture, Egli Pantelaki said that securing education for all, irrespective of gender, social class or capabilities, sustainable development, protection of the environment, human rights and other issues are being promoted at schools in a thematic manner and through various programmes and lessons.
In a recorded message, Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides said that 2015 is a year to review what has been achieved and how we progress in the future, stressing that handling humanitarian crisis is an issue which concerns all.
Head of the European Commission representation in Cyprus, Georgios Markopouliotis said that EYD2015 comes at a critical time for international cooperation, as the millennium Development Goals reach their deadline this year. EYD2015 allows us to inform the citizens on the results of the aid we offered and what has been achieved, although more can be done, he said.