On November 22nd2016, the European Commissionannounced threeCommunicationson a new Consensus for Development, on the building blocks for renewed Partnership with partner countries and on a sustainable European future.
In the proposal for a new "European Consensus on Development" presented by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini and Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica, the European Commission puts forward a shared vision and framework for action on development cooperation for the European Union and its Member States. As expressed byStefano Manservisi, Director-General of DEVCO (the Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development), the most innovative feature of the new EU Consensus is that it puts EU development policy in line with the UN 2030 Agenda and the new framework defined by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The new consensus in fact proposes a blueprint for aligning the Union's development policy with the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as part of the international community's agreed response to new trends and challenges posed by globalisation. It suggests an ambitious, new and collective European development policy whichwill be structured around the priorities framing the 2030 Agenda: people, planet, prosperity, peace and partnership.
Without underestimating the importance and interconnection of the FNS&SA agenda with all these five priorities (see details in the text of thecommunication), three priorities of the new consensus have direct linkages with FNS&SA vision and action:
ü“People – human development and dignity”. The EU and Members states commit to eradicate extreme poverty; ensure access for all to affordable, safe, sufficient and nutritious food; support the poorest communities in improving access for all to land, food, water and clean, affordable energy without damaging effects on the environment; strengthen resilience, particularly of vulnerable populations, in the face of environmental and economic shocks, natural and man-made disasters, conflicts, etc.
ü“Planet - protecting the environment, managing natural resources and tackling climate change”. The EU and Members states commit to integrate environment and climate, including mitigation and adaptation, throughout its development cooperation strategies and to improve the promotion of conservation and sustainable management of all natural resources.
ü“Prosperity – inclusive and sustainable growth and jobs”. The EU and member states commit to promote inclusive and sustainable growth and creating decent jobs, particularly for women and youth; to facilitate trade and investment in developing countries in support of sustainable development; work with the domestic and international private sector, including employers' and workers' organisations, promoting the corporate social responsibility “paradigm”. Particularly, under this priority, sustainable agriculture, together with sustainable fisheries and aquaculture, are mentioned as key drivers for poverty eradication and sustainable development.
All these commitments reiterated and made clearer in the New European consensus for development are fully reflected inFNS&SA policies and operationalized through FNS&SA interventions according to thestrategic prioritiesdefined by DEVCO Unit C1.