Future of Millennium Development Goals on agenda
By Lénaïc Vaudin d’Imécourt | Friday 12 October 2012
The future of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the EU’s support for sustainable change in transition societies and the bloc’s approach to resilience are the three major themes on the agenda of the 27 development ministers for their meeting, on 15 October.
How to take the MDG process forward post-2015 will be one of the main questions ministers will discuss in Luxembourg, with an emphasis on what issues that are not currently covered by the goals should be included. Governance, equity, social protection or even corruption and human rights were not part of the eight goals set out by the United Nations in 2000. “Since 2000, the world has changed,” a senior EU official explained. “It is time to start discussing how to include [new priorities] in future goals,” he noted.
The Council will also discuss how best to provide support for sustainable change to countries undergoing major political, social and economic reforms. How to target the EU’s assistance to transition countries and how to make it more comprehensive will be at the centre of the debate, an EU source told journalists, on 12 October.
On resilience, Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva and Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs will present their joint communication ‘The EU’s approach to resilience: Learning from the food security crisis’ to the 27 ministers, who will then hold discussions on how to improve the effectiveness of the EU’s support to reducing vulnerability in food insecure and disaster prone countries.
The Council is also expected to adopt conclusions, without discussion, on “the roots of democracy and sustainable development” as well as on social protection in EU development cooperation, in response to the Commission communications.