Director General of DG DEVCO and Chair of the Policy Forum on Development (PFD), Fernando Frutuoso de Melo, opened the forum’s meeting in October last year by talking about the importance of 2015. "It is the end of the Millennium Development Goals, and a whole set of new, universal goals will be negotiated in the United Nations. It is also the year of the international climate negotiations in Paris, where hopefully a new consensus on combatting climate change will be reached. For that reason the European Union decided to follow your suggestion and have the first ever European year dedicated to international cooperation and development."
In recent years, an increase in authoritarian regimes and the introduction of restrictive laws have resulted in a shrinking space for civil society in over a hundred countries. Engaging civil society actors at the international level and including their say in development policies can counter these worrying trends.
Please find the agenda of the 4 preparatory seminars (on Migration, Resilience, Human Rights and governance, and Reducing inequalities) to be held on 25-27 April 2017 for civil society organisations of the Southern Mediterranean.
Please find below the preparatory documents, report and main recommendations related to the Seminar on Reducing Inequalities which was held in Tunis on 25-27 April 2017, as well as the ppt presentation of BRUSSELS JULY FORUM which includes the main conclusions and recommendations of the plenary d
The Policy Forum on Development (PFD) provides a platform for members of civil society, local authorities, the private sector and European institutions to shape development policies together. The first European Regional Meeting in Ghent in January 2018 provided a chance for a discussion on what works – and what doesn’t – laying the groundwork for new partnerships in pursuit of shared objectives.