Minerals are vital for many cutting edge technologies but often they leave a legacy of conflict and slavery. Responsible sourcing and human rights must be placed at the heart of modern business ethics, write Nele Meyer and Lucy Graham.
Last week, Donald Trump announced his decision to withdraw his country from the Paris Agreement. This follows previous announcements on reducing US support to development. These decisions are deeply worrying – but must not distract us from the immense task ahead, writes Neven Mimica.
The UN's 2030 Agenda is absent from the White Paper on the Future of Europe. The Commission should lead by example and mainstream sustainable development across all EU programmes, policies and financial instruments, writes Luca Jahier.
European development policy must prioritise democracy, inclusiveness and sustainability. To do this the bloc has to change the way it interacts with stakeholders and support local initiatives, which are the building blocks of societies, writes Wouter Boesman.
Europe is still the most powerful international player in global health. But in an increasingly multipolar world, where differences between the developing and developed health worlds are dissolving, the way we look at global health is outdated, writes Johanna Ralston.
The goal of Germany’s Marshall Plan for Africa is sustainable development on the continent within the scope of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Plan should take development to the next level, write Alexandra Rudolph and Sarah Holzapfel.
The EU's New Consensus on Development is meant to plot a roadmap to meeting the UN's Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. Instead, the draft proposal appears to prioritise migration control and military operations, writes Johannes Trimmel.
Despite what Syria has become, most Syrian refugees speak longingly about returning to Syria and yearn for the types of job – doctors, engineers and teachers – that will be needed to rebuild their country, writes Christine Latif.
Whatever happens in the Brexit negotiations, both sides should actively seek a constructive role for the UK in EU external action. A failure to do so would lead to huge losses for development cooperation.
Today, as we celebrate World Water Day, I would like to highlight the issue of so-called ‘blue growth’. Our oceans can offer enormous opportunities to millions of people, but only if their ecosystems are preserved, writes Linnéa Engström.
As a common framework between industrialised, emerging and developing countries, the 2030 Agenda and the sustainable development goals (SDGs) offer an opportunity to revitalise the aid effectiveness agenda, write Sarah Holzapfel and Alexandra Rudolph.
With national discourse becoming increasingly insular, few politicians are brave enough to make the case for multilateralism on the domestic stage. But the need for multilateral action and effective support of development and growth outside Europe has never been greater, argues Werner Hoyer.
Trade in agriculture and agricultural products is back in the political spotlight as the WTO's 2013 Trade Facilitation Agreement, the first multilateral trade agreement of this century, enters into force,, writes Jonathan Peel.
Legally-binding rules for transnational corporations on human rights are extremely important, as voluntary measures are not enough, and it’s an opportunity for the EU to take a leading role, explains Anne Van Schaik.
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.