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2015 was a special year for development. It was the first ever European Year to deal with the European Union's external action and Europe’s role in the world. It was an unparalleled opportunity to showcase Europe's commitment to eradicating poverty worldwide and to inspire more Europeans to get engaged and involved in development. Objectives: 1. To inform European Union citizens about the EU’s and the Member States’ development cooperation, 2. To foster direct involvement, critical thinking and active interest of EU citizens and stakeholders in development cooperation, 3. To raise awareness of the benefits of EU development cooperation. More; Final report EYD2015

Goran and Zoran Dragić appointed Ambassadors of the European Year for Development 2015

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs proudly presents the Ambassadors of the European Year for Development 2015, Goran and Zoran Dragić, the Slovenian national basketball team members and NBA players, in whom the Ministry recognised men of integrity with a strong feeling of solidarity, personal interest in social participation and positive references for assuming the role of national ambassadors of the EYD2015. Interview

Anže Kopitar appointed Ambassador of the European Year for Development 2015

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs proudly presents Slovenia's ambassador of the European Year for Development 2015, Anže Kopitar, the first Slovenian ice hockey player in the NHL and two-time winner of the Stanley Cup. Interview

Slove'n'aid and song One World

Slove’n’aid is the first official Slovenian “band-aid” supergroup featuring 16 established Slovenian singers of different genres, gathered to support and promote international development cooperation. In the European Year for Development 2015, Slove’n’aid recorded One World to increase the understanding and raise awareness of development issues among the Slovenian and European public.


World's Best News

Slovenia’s has participated in the World’s Best News project for the first time during the European Year for Development 2015. On 11 September during the morning peak, 292 volunteers distributed 10,000 copies of The World’s Best News at 41 locations throughout Slovenia, at several of which mayors, top athletes and celebrities also participated. They were further assisted by 70 employees from 21 ministries and other government services and offices, including a minister, who distributed a further 2,500 copies to their colleagues.

The European Year for Development 2015 in Slovenia started with sixth Slovenian Development Days, which were held from 22 to 26 January 2015. The event opened with the premiere of a documentary film about development projects carried out by Slovenian NGOs. Followed by a round table entitled “Ten years of Development Cooperation – The Way Forward” and NGO presentations at the stalls in Prešeren Square, a puppet show, and their films and projects. All ended with a regional workshop on the EU initiative regarding humanitarian volunteers. More

Closing ceremony of the European Year for Development 2015 in Slovenia were the 7th Slovenian Development Days on 10 and 11 November. The first day was marked by a conference in the National Assembly organised around two panel discussions – on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and on the next year's World Humanitarian Summit. The event concluded by opening an exhibition of the winning contributions to the Europe at School competition, whose last year's edition under the title "I Participate in Shaping Our World" was linked to the European Year for Development. The second day featured the music and theatre piece "Changing the World – Chord by Chord", a creative, humorous take on international development cooperation. More


United for One Cause, United for Our Future

Participants in the project (kindergartens, diplomatic corps in Republic of Slovenia, employees of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Centre for European Perspectives, members of European Parliament, Slovenian celebrities and other individuals) planted 250 trees. Goran Dragić, Ambassador of the European Year for Development and Jure Franko, winner of a giant slalom silver medal at the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, also joined the project. With posts on social media (Facebook and Twitter) we have reached 310.000 users, and this certainly helped to raise the visibility of the field of international development cooperation.