Some 90% of urban growth over the next 30 years will happen in developing countries. If we squander the chance to set them on the path to sustainability now, it may be lost for ever, write Eva Dic and Maria-Theres Haase.
We know that empowering women and girls makes our societies safer, healthier, greener and more prosperous. So what are we waiting for, ask the organisers of this year’s European Week of Action for Girls (EWAG).
While the contest to select the next UN Secretary-General may not be on a par with the slugging match for the White House, it is beginning to heat up - with some decidedly undiplomatic tactics evident in the campaign to replace Ban Ki-moon, writes Dick Roche.
Promoting women’s and girls’ human rights is a fundamental aspect of the European Union and should be better reflected in our overseas aid policy through major investment in improving access to family planning, writes Heidi Hautala.
No country alone can solve the development challenges of a continent made up of 54 countries. Conflicts spill over boundaries. Disease is not stopped by border control. And climate change doesn’t carry a passport, write Jan Vanheukelom and Bruce Byiers.
“Zombie facts.” We’ve all heard them. Many have unwittingly used them: fictional data points cited, recited, and recycled so often that, like zombies in a science fiction movie, it seems they simply refuse to die, writes Caren Grown.
Traditionally a sector dominated by men, modern construction has something to offer for people of any age and gender. Diversifying the sector would help cut unemployment and boost the European economy, argues Patrick Liébus.
During extensive travels to the EU’s partner countries, the crucial role of women and girls in a society’s social and economic development has stood out time and time again, writes European Commissioner Neven Mimica.
When asked why he had picked a gender parity cabinet the Canadian Prime Minister replied, “because its 2015”, a simple riposte to a journalist’s question of why there should be more women in politics. Melanie Sully asks if parliaments or governments can be a mirror reflection of society.
By sending out strong signals against nationalism, reaching out to religious minorities, the poor and the marginalised, and keeping its climate and development promises, Europe can become the leader in international cooperation, writes Dirk Messner.
The European Commission had a ‘Strategy for Equality between Women and Men’ for the years 2010-2015, and a ‘roadmap’ for 2006-10. Yet the executive has no plan to turn these good deeds into concrete initiatives any time soon, writes Montserrat Mir.
If we are to achieve the ambitious aims of the 2030 Agenda, then we need to be making the kind of scientific breakthroughs the winning scientists of the Nobel Prize made in the 1970s, writes Francoise Grossetête.
Diplomacy and development are the foundations of the EU’s influence in the world. But they can only be effective if we truly understand the cultural and political landscapes of the countries we are trying to influence, writes Hans Gustaf Wessberg.
The UN’s new 2030 Development Agenda is more comprehensive than the Millennium Development Goals that it replaces, and fundamental change is needed to equip the UN for the challenges it will face, write Max-Otto Baumann and Silke Weinlich.
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