MDGs

Climate change 18-09-2017

Figueres calls for EU action plan on ‘imported deforestation’

Former UN climate Chief Christiana Figueres, one of the architects of the Paris Agreement, has called on the European Union to step up regulatory action against deforestation in the global south by tackling emissions of imported agricultural goods, like beef, soy and palm oil.

Development Policy 15-09-2017

UN calls for global economic makeover to replace neoliberalism

The world must ditch austerity and economic neoliberalism and undertake a global "New Deal" to rebalance the global economy and achieve prosperity for all, the UN trade and development agency UNCTAD said in a report on Thursday (14 September).

Agrifood 13-09-2017

Third of Earth’s soil is acutely degraded due to agriculture

A third of the planet’s land is severely degraded and fertile soil is being lost at the rate of 24 billion tonnes a year, according to a new United Nations-backed study that calls for a shift away from destructively intensive agriculture. EURACTIV's media partner, The Guardian, reports.

Development Policy 11-09-2017

Diverting EU aid to stop migration: The EU Trust Fund for Africa

Migrants have become the focus of the EU's aid strategy. As priority is given to stemming migrant flows in the short-term, long-term development goals are forgone, tarnishing the EU's image as a global development actor, writes Fanny Voitzwinkler.

Development Policy 13-07-2017

NGOs denounce cuts, tweaks to 2018 EU budget for development aid

EU member countries decided yesterday (12 July) to cut the proposed EU budget for 2018 by €1.2 billion. The European Parliament deplored this “mechanical” cut, while NGO’s denounced the decrease of development aid and its re-directing to combat immigration.

Development Policy 12-06-2017

After Brexit, Europe must take the lead on development aid

The loss of the United Kingdom, one of Europe’s biggest aid donors, will force the EU to strengthen its development action. In France, the election of Emmanuel Macron could give development policy a much-needed boost, Rémy Rioux said in an interview with EURACTIV France.

Development Policy 09-06-2017

Commission is wrong to promote private sector in EU aid policy

The European Commission has engaged in a dangerously mistaken defence of the role of public private partnerships (PPPs) in EU development policy, warns Jan Willem Goudriaan.

Development Policy 06-06-2017

Report warns against public-private aid ‘blending’ over transparency failures

A key plank of future aid funding to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has come under fire in a report which warns against all ‘blending’ partnerships until a raft of alleged failures are fixed.

Development Policy 02-06-2017

European Parliament validates Consensus on Development

EU lawmakers yesterday (1 June) waved through the new Consensus on Development. But many criticisms, including on migration controls that feature in the text, have gone unanswered. EURACTIV France reports.

Development Policy 30-05-2017

Change of mentalities needed to end child marriage

Child marriage often cuts short a girl’s education and increases the possibility of death in childbirth or injuries. West and Central Africa have some of the world’s highest rates of child marriage – three in four girls in Niger, and more than half in Mali, are married by the time they turn 18 – according to UNICEF.

Development Policy 19-05-2017

‘New Consensus’ on Development adopted – and immediately condemned

The ‘New Consensus on Development’ was adopted by EU foreign affairs ministers today (19 May) – and immediately condemned by NGOs working in the field.

Freedom of thought 16-05-2017

ACP states push back at New Consensus on Development over ‘democracy’ deficit

Voices from the African, Caribbean and Pacific nation states pushed back on Monday (15 May) at the focus on ‘democracy’ in the European New Consensus on Development, in a debate which opens old wounds between donor countries, and developing nations.

Development Policy 27-04-2017

MPs accuse UK government of having ‘no clear’ SDG implementation plan

The UK government has failed to set out a clear plan to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) or encourage businesses to do likewise, according to new research from a cross-party watchdog. EURACTIV's partner edie.net reports.

Africa 12-04-2017

Merkel’s ‘man in Africa’ downbeat on prospects for Africa-EU summit

Gunther Nooke, Angela Merkel’s representative to Africa, offered a gloomy prognosis of November's Africa-EU summit in Abidjan on Tuesday (11 April), saying trade between the continents was “almost irrelevant” and that the African Union required major “institutional reform".

Development Policy 03-04-2017

UN Food Organisation deputy chief: ‘Famine is back’

EXCLUSIVE / At the launch of the Global Report on Food Crises 2017, Daniel Gustafson, the Deputy Director General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation, warned that 108 million people are in “food crisis” around the world.

Development Policy 22-03-2017

Brexit ‘may mean huge loss for EU as global donor’, Parliament report warns

EXCLUSIVE/ Britain’s departure from the EU will challenge the bloc’s role as the world leading aid donor, and could see EU aid shrink by up to 3%, according to an authoritative new study by the European Parliament.

Development Policy 01-03-2017

Auditors find flaws in EU donor aid to sub-Saharan Africa

Attempts by the EU to help sub-Saharan African nations increase their rate of tax collection are flawed by a string of weaknesses in implementation, an in-depth study by auditors found yesterday (28 February).

Europe leads sustainable development agenda

Sustainability should be integrated as a leitmotif and goal of every policy formulated and implemented, writes Stuart Reigeluth.

Development Policy 23-02-2017

Lake Chad crisis: ‘If Nigeria fails, Africa fails’

As delegates arrive for the Oslo emergency summit on Northern Nigeria and the Lake Chad region today (23 February), why should people in the EU care about people who live in such a far-off place, writes Jamie Drummond.

Africa 22-02-2017

Attacks on UK aid budget are ‘fake news’, says Miliband

The President of the International Rescue Committee, David Miliband, has condemned British media attacks on the UK’s aid budget as “fake news”.

Development Policy 21-02-2017

Stylianides condemns ‘man-made’ famine in South Sudan, promises €82m

The EU on Tuesday (21 February) condemned as “man-made” the newly-declared famine in South Sudan, whilst pledging an initial €82 in emergency aid to the country.

Development Policy 16-02-2017

EU overtakes UK on medical research for developing world

Bill Gates, the US businessman turned philanthropist, is in Brussels on Thursday (16 February) to unveil a new report into medical research and development for the developing world that shows the EU has overtaken the UK in terms of funding.

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Taking Action: One year on from COP21 and the launch of the SDGs
Economy & Jobs 13-02-2017

Taking Action: One year on from COP21 and the launch of the SDGs

Cooperation to achieve key sustainability goals were at the heart of debates at a Brussels conference on 6 December 2016 hosted by CSR Europe in cooperation with Huawei.

Development Policy 09-02-2017

EU gives ‘virtually bankrupt’ Gambia €225m aid as new government takes over

The European Union announced aid worth €225m  on Thursday (9 February) for The Gambia's new government as President Adama Barrow said his nation was "virtually bankrupt" due to economic mismanagement by the former regime.