On 15 and 16 January 2018, the first Regional Policy Forum for Development (PFD) Meeting Europe was held in Ghent, Belgium. Discussions focused on the following topics: Policy coherence for development to achieve the SDGs; Enabling environment for development actors; Cities and how can urban centres foster inclusive sustainable development; and Recent trends in EU external action policies and programmes.
Participants from all countries of the Council of Europe represented different constituencies: civil society, cooperatives, private sector, local and regional governments as well as trade unions. The meeting was organized in the scope of the global PFD process that is facilitated by the European Commission and aims at accommodating and strengthening multi-stakeholder exchange and collaboration, as well as facilitating dialogue with the EU institutions on EU external policies and practices. Within its mandate and goals, the European PFD meeting assess what this means for EU’s external action and for the European civil society and local governments actors to engage in international cooperation. The discussion and conclusions of the PFD Europe meeting will feed the global gathering planned for March 2018. BCSDN’ Ilina Nesik was one of the selected participants on the first European meeting. More information is available here.