Commission presents proposal to address global poverty and sustainable development

LOGO CE_Vertical_EN_quadriToday the European Commission adopted a Communication to contribute to the EU position in international negotiations on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as the follow-up to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The SDGs are intended to reinforce the international community’s commitment to eradicating poverty and supporting sustainable development, challenges that affect the lives of current and future generations. The Commission Communication describes key principles and proposes priority areas and potential targets for the years following 2015, as a step towards establishing a limited number of Sustainable Development Goals.

European Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik said: “A new framework is needed to rally the international community to tackle the intertwined challenges of eliminating poverty, improving well-being while ensuring that progress is sustainable within planetary boundaries. The UN post-2015 agenda should be universal, and provide a comprehensive response for all.”

European Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs, added: “It is now recognized that, for the first time, the world has the technology and resources to eradicate extreme poverty in our lifetime. There is no excuse for us failing to do so and avoiding it must be our stated commitment. This can only be done through growth and development which is sustainable. We need to find solutions which truly balance economic, social and environmental objectives. And we need to bring together governments, but also civil society, private sector and citizens to set up a global framework that will ensure a decent life for all.”

The Sustainable Development Goals will contribute to a new international framework to succeed the Millennium Development Goals. The framework will be universal and apply to all, on the basis of a partnership between all countries, as well as with civil society and the private sector. All countries should contribute their fair share towards reaching the global goals, and should be held to account by their citizens and the international community. The framework will be based on the three dimensions of sustainable development: social, environmental and economic. Thus, it will also have tangible benefits for EU citizens: further promoting and encouraging the drivers of inclusive and sustainable growth, better social conditions and a healthier and cleaner environment.


Proposed priority areas

The Commission proposal calls for tackling issues of global concern such as poverty, inequality, health, food security, education, gender equality, water and sanitation, sustainable energy, decent work, inclusive and sustainable growth, sustainable consumption and production, biodiversity, land degradation and sea and oceans.

The post-2015 framework should also ensure a rights-based approach and address justice, equality and equity, good governance, democracy and the rule of law and address peaceful societies and freedom from violence.


Next Steps
The Communication will now be discussed by Council of Ministers and the European Parliament. The outcome will guide the EU’s position in the negotiations at UN level and contribute to the preparation of the UN Secretary General’s report on the post-2015 framework, due later in the year. The conclusions of the Open Working Group are expected to be published next month.


Today’s Communication builds on earlier EU positions set out in Council Conclusions of June 2013 on “the Overarching post-2015 Agenda”, and a previous Communication “A Decent Life for All: Ending poverty and giving the world a sustainable future”. It also builds on relevant international discussions on sustainable development and poverty eradication in particular the UN Open Working Group on SDGs, as well as public consultations.

The UN General Assembly Special Event on the Millennium Development Goals in September 2013 had already agreed the main parameters of the post-2015 development agenda, building on progress with the MDGs, and on the outcome of the Rio+20 Conference, which agreed to develop Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Today’s Communication is a step towards developing a more detailed EU position in the negotiations to establish the SDGs.

At a UN summit in 2000, eight Millennium Development Goals were agreed, to be achieved by 2015. Known as the MDGs, they cover areas such as poverty eradication, gender equality, child mortality, HIV, environmental sustainability and development. Progress towards the goal has been remarkable but, and as the 2015 deadline approaches, significant challenges remain in many countries. The SDGs will be at the heart of a framework which aims to resolve outstanding problems by addressing poverty eradication and sustainable development together.


Link to the Communication


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3 comments on “Commission presents proposal to address global poverty and sustainable development
  1. the communities of Pakistan looking forward and waiting for the consideration of international society developers to give a batter future to their next generational, what ever they lack the wish to give their children, a nice tomorrow is awaiting for the children of Adam & Eve, if they could share resources to provide a basic live-hood among one another. the people are providing funds for sustainable development are really blessed, practically full filling the low of God.

  2. Sika Shibru says:

    Thank you for your support of peoples under poverty line. How I we can get support from your donor agencies to solve our development yoke? I hope we will get bright direction from your agency for support and directions to find support for our marginalized Konso Community.

    Thank you for immediate responses!
    Sika Shibru,
    Program Manager of Konso Development Association/KDA

  3. Morris Lokosang says:

    It’s really true that future generation are depending on our way of using and managing of the present resources, technologies the world is today enjoying but, my opinion is all about the consideration of the different races who are call to be the inhabitant of what so known as the earth or putting into account the distances of human areas, so we need to consider our differences in making of proposals in order to address issues of common interest.
    However, dealing with topics which need global attention can some how raise alarm of favouring once own problem than to tackle general yoke of the population way it’s known from our believe that we always look into obstacles in a narrow gates than broader window which will give us clear picture of the problem ” that you can feel the pain until you yourself have been hate” this is a common say in our society which mean no one can realise what his fellow brother at lease he him self have experience the agony.
    Therefore, what the European Commission is trying to address is fine, however did they consider the societies class of the present world? If no until went shall we always look to our problem in a such way, without realising the danger of its out comes because if the world have now become global village which are sharing happiness and sorrow together why not polices which can also bring sustainable development goals?
    In conclusion, my view is that we suppose to developed our way of thinking which can lead to universal benefit not selfish interest, like in Europe people think of there welfare only regardless of the other continent with some consideration for global issues which they think of common interest only, so can we path new views that can generalise all of us who claim to be call people of the today universe.

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