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Brussels, 25 September 2013
EU Commissioners for Development, Andris Piebalgs, and Environment, Janez Potočnik, welcome the establishment of the High Level Political Forum as well as the Outcome Document agreed at the UN MDG Special Event
"We are glad to see such an ambitious and coordinated outcome of the special event on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), where the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, highlighted the EU's contribution to the MDGs, as well as EU's position for the next Development Framework beyond 2015.
This outcome document, which sets out a road-map to 2015, will be highly beneficial as it provides a clear signal on the next steps.
It includes valuable clarification on how the currently-separated tracks of the MDG review and Rio+20 follow-up (including the elaboration of the Sustainable Development Goals) should converge into a unified track. The objective of such a roadmap is to have an overview on the process and establish a single set of goals and targets that should apply to all countries in the world.
We are confident that a single set of goals and targets for sustainable development is the right way forward to address both poverty eradication and sustainable development in an integrated way. We learnt from our MDG experience that empowerment and having the right institutional framework are of key importance. The High Level Political Forum, which was inaugurated yesterday, will have a key role in future follow up and review progress in the implementation of the sustainable development commitments within the context of the post 2015 agenda.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is right in saying in his recent report “A life of dignity for all”, that having the MDGs has really paid off. Since 2004, the EU has contributed to the enrolment of more than 13 million boys and girls at school, to the vaccination of around 18 million children and to providing more than 70 million people with access to water around the world.
But we must equally recognise that together we can do more and we must do more. Still too many people remain trapped in abysmal poverty; too many women and babies struggle to survive childbirth; and stable access to nutritious food remains a luxury for millions. That is why we are happy to see reflected in this Outcome document the commitment of Heads and States and other participants in the event to increase efforts to achieve MDGs by 2015, paying particular attention on the countries off track.
Coming to a global agreement on the post-2015 agenda will be a huge challenge, yet we remain confident that by the 2015 UN Summit announced in the outcome document, we can have in place a formal agreement benefiting every person on the planet. The EU will, of course, continue to play a strong and constructive role in the global post-2015 process.
The next EU budget which will take us from 2014 to 2020 will maintain the current high level of EU aid. And most of it will be dedicated to the areas covered by the MDGs, combined with a focus on sustainable development. We want to see every man, woman and child, no matter where they live in the world, enjoy a decent life by 2030."