Young people from Latvia, Brazil, Croatia and Russia, aged between 13 and 24 have scooped top honours in a global online vote.
The four young people were crowned winners of the European Commission’s prestigious ‘Young Voices Against Poverty’ video contest today, which was organised in the run-up to the European Development Days 2013 (EDD13), to be held in Brussels on 26 and 27 November.
Participants from 57 countries weighed in as to what they would change in the fight against poverty and the high levels of interest were testament to the engagement of young people in what is a crucial period for the future direction of global development cooperation.
The contest took place against a backdrop of global discussions and debates on a post-2015 follow-up framework to the Millennium Development Goals and the European Union’s vision and commitment to ensuring a decent life for all by 2030; the focus of this year’s European Development Days.
Many of the two-minute video submissions asserted that education, employment and health were key to ending poverty, while others called for increased solidarity and inclusiveness. Some entries included passionate calls to action, while others made use of creative images and music.
Andre from Brazil thinks that the key is to ‘teach people how to live in society’, and provide them with the knowledge to develop better economic practices, while Nina from Croatia believes in generosity, saying that the rich are not the ones who have a lot, but the ones who give a lot. ‘Small acts are significant’, she asserts. Anastasija from Latvia also stresses that access to free medicine, education and employment will help to eradicate poverty, while Evelina from Russia calls on us to open our eyes to those in need and insists on the notion of sharing.
Klaus Rudischhauser, Deputy Director General from the European Commission’s Directorate General for Development Cooperation – EuropeAid calls it a collective victory: “We are delighted with the number of participants, the number of nationalities represented and the variety of creative submissions on show. Although only four winners were chosen through the online public vote, everyone who has taken part in this contest can consider themselves to be a winner and I urge them to continue the fight against poverty and to continue to have their say and make their voices heard. It is their generation’s future at stake, after all.”
Anastasija, Daugavpils, Latvia
They will attend the European Development Days on 26-27 November, held at the ‘Tour & Taxis’ venue in Brussels, where they will join world leaders, donors, key stakeholders and decision-makers in the field of development.
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Organised by the European Commission, European Development Days is Europe’s premier forum on international affairs and development cooperation. Over the years, European Development Days has been one of the fastest-growing international forums and has become a landmark event in the development calendar. Launched in 2006, its scope and scale has increased each year, as links with new networks are made, relationships with new partners are forged and new platforms are created.