Brussels, 03 June 2010
Commissioner Piebalgs visits Denmark to discuss development policy
Andris Piebalgs, the European Commissioner for Development, will be in Copenhagen on 3 and 4 June to meet with Soren Pind, Danish Minister for Development, and to attend the Conference on "EU development cooperation in the light of the Lisbon Treaty", organised by the Danish Council of Development cooperation. He will also meet with representatives from Danish companies and NGOs active in the renewable energy sector in Africa. High on the agenda will be the preparation of the United Nations Summit in September, which will assess progress towards international poverty-reduction targets, the Millennium Development Goals.
EU Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs said: “Denmark is one of the most committed Member States to Development aid. I'm confident it will remain a sound ally of the Commission to find ways to make our aid more efficient and ensure EU lives up its promises to the poorest countries. Danish role is also crucial in the preparation for the UN Summit on Millennium Development Goals where the EU has to speak with one voice."
The Conference on "EU development cooperation in the light of the Lisbon Treaty" is organised by the Council for International Development Cooperation, an advisory body for the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (department of development policies). The Council is mandated to follow the work of the UN Steering Committee which is preparing the United Nations High Level Plenary Meeting (UNHLPM) on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The Steering Committee is co-facilitated by Denmark and Senegal.
The Millennium Development goals
Back in 2000, world leaders identified eight dimensions of poverty which constitute a basic level of wellbeing for all, to be achieved by 2015 - the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Some progress can be noted, including towards the headline goal of reducing poverty – but it is very uneven, both by country and by MDG.
The UN High Level meeting is expected to highlight real progress in achieving some MDGs. Based on success stories and positive experiences it should communicate positive messages and concrete lessons learnt which can be duplicated and/or translated into action for the next five years.
The UNHLPM should focus on identified gaps to achieve MDGs by 2015, and on the measures required to fill the gaps.
Commissioner Piebalgs' website showcases development in action: http://ec.europa.eu/commission_2010-2014/piebalgs/index_en.htm