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World leaders push for post-2015 development framework

The commitment was enshrined in an ”outcome document” adopted at a special event at the U.N. General Assembly’s 68th session in New York.

The document, crafted with the help of the UN My People survey, aims to balance the 3 key elements of sustainable development:  providing economic transformation and opportunity to lift people out of poverty, advancing social justice and protecting the environment.

The document also recognizes the importance of country ownership of development, as well as the role of the private sector in development. It also calls for countries to meet their 0.7% aid commitments.
However, differing to the proposal made in 2000, the document includes rich and poor nations alike, as the focus is on a more flexible set of targets, which both developed and developing countries can work towards.

“This coherent approach involves working towards a single framework and set of goals — universal in nature and applicable to all countries — while taking account of differing national circumstances and respecting national policies and priorities,” notes the document.

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EU admits double-counting climate finance and development aid

In a special report by EurActiv, EU officials admit for the first time that member state donations to the developing world also count towards meeting their climate change and development commitments.

On condition of autonomy, an EU official told EurActiv that ODA can “clearly contribute to more than one objective”, so aid given for renewable energy projects can also be counted as funding for climate change.

EU member states have dual commitments to finance; as part of the Millennium Development Goals they pledged to give 0.7% of their GNI as aid- a commitment to which most fall short of, as the latest CONCORD AidWatch report shows- as well as committing to providing €7.2bn of climate finance between 210-2012.

But it now appears that the same funds have been counted towards meeting both sets of targets.

The EU’s development commissioner, Andris Piebalgs, told EurActiv that “some of these resources [raised for the Green Climate Fund] fall into the ODA definition due to their concessional character.”

“I am not in favour of artificial boundaries between financing for different policy goals,” he added. “On the contrary, the available financing from all sources should be used in a way that allows reaching the various policy objectives with the same resources and sometimes through the same programmes”

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EU Releases Memo on the MDG’s and the global development agenda post 2015

In a recently released memo, the EU has considered the success of the Millenium Development Goals, and how it can proceed once it has passed the 2015 deadline for achieving the targets.

The memo points to the successfully achieved goals, such as halving the proportion of people living in extreme poverty, and halving the number of people without access to clean water, achieved ahead of schedule. Child health has also been improved.

However, the memo criticizes the slow progress towards universal primary education, and the number of people- 850 million- who still do not have sufficient food. Also, gender equality is still an important issue, with women still facing greater health risks and discrimination. An estimated 2.5 billion people are without access to decent sanitation facilities and 780 million people still lack access to clean and safe drinking water.

The memo also looks at the process of renewing the development agenda after the expiration of the MDG’s in 2015, and detail several panel discussions and proposals for the post-2015 agenda. These include the paper by the European Commission entitled: “A Decent Life for All – Ending poverty and giving the world a sustainable future,” which suggested five pillars on which the new development framework should be based. These are:
• Basic living standards for all, under which no-one should fall
• Promoting “drivers” of inclusive and sustainable growth
• More sustainable management of natural resources
• Equality, equity and justice:.
• Tackling insecurity and state fragility, which impede poverty reduction and sustainable development.

The post-2015 framework was being discussed at a high level UN event in New York this week.

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EU and FAO help six countries achieve the Millennium Development Goal on hunger

Two years before the expiriation of the MDG’s, the EU and the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation have increased their efforts to reduce world hunger through agricultural development activities worth nearly €60 million, which will help two million people in six countries.

“So close to the deadline, when there is still so much to do, this good investment in agriculture will enable FAO to increase its efforts to eradicate hunger and do even more to help countries halve the proportion of hungry people by 2015,” said FAO’s Director-General José Graziano da Silva at a special event on the Millennium Development Goals during the UN General Assembly.

The funding will come from a new initiative by the EU, worth €1bn, which aims to help better progress towards achieving the MDG’s. The funding will target smallholder farmers and their families, and strongly encourages partnerships with UN agencies, governments and civil societies, to ensure good progress towards key goals such as improved nutrition.

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EU Commissioners welcome the establishment of the High Level Political Forum

EU Commissioners for Development, Andris Piebalgs, and Environment, Janez Potočnik, welcome the establishment of the High Level Political Forum as well as the Outcome Document agreed at the UN MDG Special Event, saying that “We are glad to see such an ambitious and coordinated outcome of the special event on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)”

“This outcome document, which sets out a road-map to 2015, will be highly beneficial as it provides a clear signal on the next steps. It includes valuable clarification on how the currently-separated tracks of the MDG review and Rio+20 follow-up (including the elaboration of the Sustainable Development Goals) should converge into a unified track.”

“We are confident that a single set of goals and targets for sustainable development is the right way forward to address both poverty eradication and sustainable development in an integrated way. We learnt from our MDG experience that empowerment and having the right institutional framework are of key importance. The High Level Political Forum, which was inaugurated yesterday, will have a key role in future follow up and review progress in the implementation of the sustainable development commitments within the context of the post 2015 agenda.”

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Piebalgs statement on stepping-up coherence between EU policies to improve
food security

Andris Piebalgs spoke on Tuesday 24 about the EU's commitment to policy coherence, and how it will help those in the developing world.

"Around 900 million people go hungry every day and under-nutrition kills more than 3 million children every year.  That’s why food security and sustainable agriculture feature very high in our new development policy, the so called “Agenda for Change”.
However, development aid alone is not sufficient to effectively fight hunger. We need to look at all the available options and Policy Coherence for Development (PCD) is one critical tool to improve global food security."

He praised the EU for its current work on policy coherence, and the progress that has been made in certain sectors, as well as the close ties between the EU and the developing world.

"The EU is a leader in PCD and the only block with legal obligations to take PCD into account when shaping policies. The EU Agricultural policy is an excellent example where critical progress has been made. The EU has come a long way in making its Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) more development friendly.

We successfully minimised trade-distorting support measures. Subsequent reforms have significantly improved market access opportunities for agricultural products from developing countries. And the EU is by far the biggest market for commodities exports from developing countries. We import more agricultural products from those countries than the US, Canada, Japan, New Zealand and Australia together.

Achieving food and nutrition security could only happen if developing countries are also committed to this agenda."

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Global calls

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In country calls

 Status  Type  Geographical Zone  Programme
 Open » 26/10/2013  Action Grants   Yemen   Neighbourhood
134675 - Maternal and Child Health, Nutrition and Family Planning Services in Major Urban Slums in Kenya
 Open » 30/10/2013  Action Grants   Kenya   Non-State Actors and Local Authorities
135045 - European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) Country-based Support Schemes (CBSS) Bangladesh
 Open » 19/11/2013  Action Grants   Bangladesh   Human Rights
134665 - IPA Cross-border Programme Croatia-Montenegro, 2007-2013 - third call for proposals
 Open » 13/12/2013  Action Grants   Montenegro   PreAccession Countries / New Member States

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