A whole world to explore The European Year for Development website is your gateway to the vibrant and multifaceted world of EU development cooperation. Meet our partners from all over Europe, read stories from all over the world and find out how you can get involved!
- solidarity and it works - every human deserves to live in dignity. Not so long ago Latvia received support itself, now we are one of the fastest growing economies.
- mutual benefit - natural disasters, air pollution and water scarcity, radicalisation, diseases – are just a few issues that know no borders and can only be solved with a global response.
- the result of your actions. By looking at how ethically and by whom the clothes and food you buy is produced and actively participating in civil society and political processes you can have a great effect on development.
People everywhere share the same basic needs. In developing countries, however, even essentials are often lacking. About 1.2 billion people worldwide still live in extreme poverty. Environmental destruction and conflicts do not stop at borders. Crises in distant countries affect everyone’s future. 2015 can be a chance for change towards a fairer, more inclusive and peaceful world. All of us carry this joint responsibility. Countries and organisations we work with are partners in this effort, not recipients of aid. Thus, we use the term development cooperation rather than development aid.
“Not only we provide the biggest financial resources, we are a partner that stands strong in support for democracy and good governance, rule of law, human rights and civil society and peace and security around the world:” as written by Mr.Edgars Rinkevics, the Latvian minister for Foreign Affairs and Mr. Neven Mimica, the EU commissioner for international cooperation and development. Read the full article here: https://www.devex.com/news/learning-from-the-past-for-a-sustainable-future-85397
Together, the European Commission and the EU member states are the world’s largest donor of development assistance. Joint programming and division of labour aim to increase the effectiveness of development cooperation. For Austria, the EU is an important partner: In Uganda, for instance, the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) implements € 30 million on behalf of the EU. Through this programme, 650,000 people are gaining access to clean drinking water. Moldova and Serbia are other countries where projects are financed with funds from the EU and Austria and implemented by ADA.
- Buy clothes that use sustainably sourced fabrics! Read more here: http://www.ethicalconsumer.org/buyersguides.aspx
- Look at the ethical aspects of the goods you buy, labels on your food ( are the workers paid their fair share?); cosmetics (are they not tested on animals and do not harm nature?), etc. Find out more here - http://www.sustainabletable.org/944/these-labels-are-so-confusing
- Sort your waste and use water responsibly!
- Be active in your local community and engage in global processes – they are closer than you think! Find out more about LAPAS: http://lapas.lv/
We can all contribute to making the world a little fairer: paying attention to the origin of consumer goods and sustainable conditions of production is a first step. Globalisation also has positive effects. Diverse education and exchange programmes, for example, build bridges between people in Austria, Europe, and beyond. They represent a sustainable contribution to building trust, promoting peace and democracy, and respecting human rights.
Sustainable Green Growth, Decent Jobs and Businesses
The green economy has particular relevance for developing countries, as many are vulnerable to external shocks such as climate change, natural disasters or food and fuel crises. Sustainable green growth should at the same time alleviate poverty, protect the natural environment and ensure decent work with labour rights and standards, social protection and social dialogue all upheld.
Today, there are over 200 million people unemployed worldwide. Only about a quarter of the working-age population in developing countries is engaged in productive and decent employment; nearly 900 million workers are living in households with incomes below the poverty line. Businesses are job creators and lead innovation and change, they are key to ensuring decent work and forging responsible and sustainable development. At the end of the day, development is about making investment and economic activity work for everyone, while protecting our planet.