EU sets out its sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment pri­or­i­ties

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The Euro­pean Com­mis­sion yes­ter­day set out its strate­gic ap­proach for achiev­ing sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment in Europe and around the world.

A first Com­mu­ni­ca­tion on the next steps for a sus­tain­able Euro­pean fu­ture ex­plains how the Com­mis­sion’s 10 po­lit­i­cal pri­or­i­ties con­trib­ute to im­ple­ment­ing the UN 2030 Agenda for Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment and how the EU will meet the Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals (SDGs) in the fu­ture.

A sec­ond Com­mu­ni­ca­tion on a new Euro­pean Con­sen­sus on De­vel­op­ment pro­poses a shared vi­sion and frame­work for de­vel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion for the EU and its Mem­ber States, aligned with the 2030 Agenda.

A third Com­mu­ni­ca­tion on a re­newed part­ner­ship with African, Caribbean and Pa­cific (ACP) coun­tries pro­poses build­ing blocks for a new, sus­tain­able phase in EU-ACP re­la­tions af­ter the Cotonou Part­ner­ship Agree­ment ex­pires in 2020.

The EU will keep lead­ing an ex­ter­nal ac­tion that sup­ports peace, democ­racy and good gov­er­nance, that re­in­forces re­silience at all lev­els and pro­motes shared and sus­tain­able pros­per­ity for all.

Com­mis­sioner for In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion and De­vel­op­ment, Neven Mim­ica added: “The pro­posal for a new Euro­pean Con­sen­sus on De­vel­op­ment is the EU’s re­sponse to an in­creas­ingly in­ter­con­nected and chal­leng­ing world. I aim for a gen­uine con­sen­sus, un­der the shared own­er­ship of EU In­sti­tu­tions and all Mem­ber States that will help us spear­head global ac­tion to im­ple­ment the Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals.

“To­gether with our pro­pos­als for our fu­ture part­ner­ship with the African, Caribbean and Pa­cific coun­tries, it un­equiv­o­cally con­firms the EU’s readi­ness to en­gage with our part­ners across the world to build a bet­ter com­mon fu­ture”.

Sus­tain­abil­ity is a Euro­pean brand. The EU has a strong start­ing po­si­tion and track record, with a high level of eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, so­cial co­he­sion, demo­cratic so­ci­eties and a com­mit­ment to sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment which is firmly an­chored in the Euro­pean Treaties.

Yet, to pre­serve the fu­ture, the right pol­icy choices have to be made to­day.

The main el­e­ments of the Com­mis­sion’s new, strate­gic ap­proach, pre­sented yes­ter­day are:

Next steps for a sus­tain­able Euro­pean fu­ture

• The EU’s an­swer to the 2030 Agenda will in­clude two work streams: the first is to main­stream the Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals in the Euro­pean pol­icy frame­work and cur­rent Com­mis­sion pri­or­i­ties; the sec­ond is to launch re­flec­tion on fur­ther de­vel­op­ing our longer term vi­sion and the fo­cus of sec­toral poli­cies af­ter 2020.

• The Com­mis­sion will use all the in­stru­ments at its dis­posal, in­clud­ing its bet­ter reg­u­la­tion tools to en­sure that ex­ist­ing and new poli­cies take into ac­count the three pil­lars of sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment: so­cial, en­vi­ron­men­tal and eco­nomic.

• To create a dy­namic space bring­ing to­gether the dif­fer­ent stake­hold­ers of the public and the pri­vate sphere, the Com­mis­sion will launch a multi-stake­holder Plat­form with a role in the fol­lowup and ex­change of best prac­tices on SDG im­ple­men­ta­tion across sec­tors.

• The Com­mis­sion will pro­vide reg­u­lar re­port­ing of the EU’s progress to­wards the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the 2030 Agenda as of 2017, and will launch re­flec­tion work on de­vel­op­ing fur­ther a longer term vi­sion with a post2020 per­spec­tive.

A new Euro­pean Con­sen­sus on de­vel­op­ment

• The pro­posal for a new Euro­pean Con­sen­sus on De­vel­op­ment re­flects a par­a­digm-shift in de­vel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion un­der the 2030 Agenda, re­spond­ing to the more com­plex and in­ter­con­nected chal­lenges the world faces to­day.

• The pro­posal puts for­ward shared vi­sion and frame­work for ac­tion for all EU In­sti­tu­tions and all Mem­ber States, with par­tic­u­lar em­pha­sis on cross-cut­ting driv­ers of de­vel­op­ment, such as gen­der equal­ity, youth, sus­tain­able en­ergy and cli­mate ac­tion, in­vest­ment, mi­gra­tion and mo­bil­ity.

• The aim is to in­crease the cred­i­bil­ity, ef­fec­tive­ness and im­pact of EU de­vel­op­ment pol­icy, based on shared anal­y­sis, com­mon strate­gies, joint pro­gram­ming, joint ac­tion and im­proved re­port­ing.

• The new Con­sen­sus should frame all de­vel­op­ment pol­icy ac­tiv­i­ties of the EU and its Mem­ber States. An ex­am­ple of this ap­proach is the pro­posed Euro­pean Ex­ter­nal In­vest­ment Plan which will use Of­fi­cial De­vel­op­ment As­sis­tance to lever­age fund­ing from other sources to gen­er­ate sus­tain­able growth for the ben­e­fit of the poor­est.

To­wards a re­newed part­ner­ship with African, Caribbean and Pa­cific coun­tries af­ter 2020

• A new part­ner­ship should help build peace­ful, sta­ble, well­go­v­erned, pros­per­ous and re­silient states and so­ci­eties at our borders and be­yond and de­liver on our ob­jec­tive of a mul­ti­lat­eral rules-based or­der ad­dress­ing global chal­lenges.

• The aim is to agree with the ACP part­ner coun­tries on an um­brella agree­ment which would go to­gether with re­gional tai­lored part­ner­ships for Africa, the Caribbean and the Pa­cific, which ad­dress the spe­cific re­gional op­por­tu­ni­ties and chal­lenges faced.

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