Where: Brussels, Belgium
Topic: Justice and citizens rights
Organiser: European Commission
The European Commission is expected to adopt on 17 July a policy document to develop a common EU approach to financing poverty eradication and sustainable development after 2015, once the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) reach their target date. Greatly inspired by the work of the High Level Panel for the Post MDGs' report, the Communication reflects on how a global approach could be structured, what resources are available and could be mobilised, which processes can lead there and what principles should guide this process. The Communication emphasises financing for developing countries, but the proposed approach can be considered universally applicable to all countries in the world, since resources can come from both public and private sources, at domestic and international level. This means that financing sources for all the global players are identified in the Communication, considering the internal resources of all the countries involved. The financing sources identified are, therefore, multiple but interlinked, because so are the challenges ahead.
In the next two years, international partners should prioritise decisive action to accelerate progress towards the Millennium Development Goals. The Communication 'A Decent life for all: Ending poverty and giving the world a sustainable future', endorsed last month by the Council, focused on the "what" of the global agenda after 2015. Today's Communication complements 'A Decent life' in a very useful way by focusing on the "how", on the means and resources to finance the post 2015 framework. The EU and its Member States need to step up their efforts to meet current commitments, including increased and more effective financing to support developing countries, as outlined in the “Agenda for Change” (the Commission’s blueprint on development policy which refocuses our aid to help those sectors and countries which need it most).
What: Statement at Midday Briefing by Spokesperson for Development, Alexandre Polack.
When: Wednesday 16/07/2013
Where: Berlaymont Press Room, in Brussels
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