27/02/2013 at 12:30
Where: Berlaymont Press Room, Brussels, Belgium
Topic: Employment and social rights | Regions and local development | Environment, consumers and health
Organiser: European Commission
The European Commission will present on 27 February its position on the post 2015 development agenda. The Communication will bring together a review of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which come to an end in 2015 and actions based on the outcomes of the Rio+20 conference, including the sustainable development goals. The MDGs have been a powerful tool to mobilise the world around the fight against poverty. Today, tackling poverty remains a top priority as well as other global challenges such as climate change, resource scarcity, environmental degradation and social inequalities. The two challenges of eradicating poverty and ensuring a sustainable development are interlinked and the next global framework should address both issues. There is clearly a need to go further and bring together a comprehensive framework required to fight against poverty, promoting sustainable development and social equality, whilst ensuring global progress stays within planetary boundaries. The "Decent Life for All" Communication will offer a joint and comprehensive vision for how to end extreme poverty and give the world a sustainable future, in response to the above global challenges.
In September 2013, a UN special event will take stock of the efforts made towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), discuss ways to accelerate progress until 2015 and start exchanges on what could follow after the MDG target year of 2015. The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon asked the UN High Level Panel on the post-2015 development agenda to which European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs is a member, to prepare a special report, to be presented by the end of May. A number of commitments made at the Rio+20 Conference in June 2012 also need to be implemented within the EU. In addition, a report on Sustainable Development Goals is due to be presented to the UN General Assembly by September 2014. The "Decent Life for All" Communication would present an initial common approach to all these issues, with a view to achieve an EU common position to feed the debate at the UN and worldwide.
What: Joint press conference around 12.30 by European Commissioner for Environment, Janez Potočnik, and European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs. Technical briefing off-the-record at 11.15
IP and MEMO will be available on the day.