To mark the European Year of Development 2015, the CONCORD Secretariat in Brussels has introduced four measures aimed at operating more sustainably.
â€¢ Carbon offsetting for air travel
â€¢ Recycling and improved sorting of waste
â€¢ Reducing meat consumption in our catering policy
â€¢ Making our building more sustainable by working with other organisations in Mundo-J
CONCORD Gender WG: Preliminary Recommendations for the new EU Gender Action Plan 2016 â€“ 2020
The current Gender Action Plan (GAP) was designed for the period from 2010 â€“ 2015 with the aim to reinforce EU coordination regarding gender equality policies in development cooperation with partner countries in the interest of having more of an impact on the ground. In the run up to the preparation of the new GAP 2016-2020 the reviews have highlighted the need for building on what it has achieved, as well as taking into account the challenges it encountered. A new GAP is thus needed in order to strengthen the current European approach towards gender in external action in the coming years. CONCORD Gender Working Group is actively following the process and recently published "Preliminary Recommendations for the new EU Gender Action Plan 2016 â€“ 2020".
Catholic leadersâ€™ statement on conflict minerals - February 2015 update
Companies are selling products containing natural resources that fuel violence and suffering. The EU has a unique opportunity to help put an end to this with the proposed draft European regulation on conflict minerals. Catholic leaders from all over the world are calling on European Parliamentarians and European governments to rise up to this challenge. The joint statement, first released in October 2014, has continued to gain support among European and other bishops. 125 Church leaders from 37 countries on 5 continents have signed it.
LADDER - Local Authorities as Drivers for Development Education and Raising awareness
The first Steering Committee meeting of the partners of the project "LADDER - Local Authorities as Drivers for Development Education and Raising awarenessâ€, led by ALDA, took place in Modena, Italy. Funded by EuropeAid, LADDER is a huge 3-year project aiming at raising awareness and strengthening the capacity of associations of local authorities and CSOs to act in a sustainable way as drivers for development, fostering their role of multipliers within their countries, communities and networks, to develop a multi-level active engagement in global challenges.
CONCORD ITALY Final event of the Italian EU Presidency semester
CONCORD Europe congratulates CONCORD Italy for the great success of the Italian Presidency in the development cooperation field. The interesting event was held in Rome Thursday 19 February and involved authorities of the Italian Parliament, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and especially the representatives of the Italian NGO Development Cooperation confederation, headed by CONCORD Italy. The topics that were covered during the semester have been migration, policy coherence and the financing framework for SGDs. The event also officially opened the European year form Development EYD2015 in Italy.