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Europe and the Sustainable Development Goals

OWG and ECLast week the UN Open Working Group on the Sustainable Development Goals (OWG) adopted their final report to standing ovations after 13 formal sessions and a final marathon meeting. From a European perspective, the outcome is considered a satisfactory result overall, with many of the priorities identified by EU Member States being included one-way or another. But there is still much work ahead. Read more ›

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EU Development Cooperation: Welcome to the blending era

MappaPezzoBlending1On the eve of the European Development ministers meeting in Florence as part of the Italian EU Presidency, Afronline.org publishes a dossier on a new EU development cooperation narrative that focuses on bringing the private sector to the centre of its development strategies. This silent revolution can be summarized in one word: blending. It is a silent revolution, yet irreversible, that started about seven years ago. We are on the eve of the subprime mortgage crisis and it feels as the EU had intuited the upcoming economic crisis and its consequences on Member States and their citizens, such as the risk of affecting one of its greatest achievements: development cooperation. Read more ›

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TTIP contradicts post-2015 development goals, experts say

ttipThe planned US-EU trade deal, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), has come up against intense criticism from both sides of the Atlantic. Now development officials have joined the choir, and are warning that the agreement will undermine the UN’s post-2015 development agenda.  As if the quickly approaching deadline for the UN’s post-2015 development goals were not enough, experts have warned that the planned Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the EU and the US threatens to contradict global development targets. Read more ›

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UN working group Issue Zero Draft with 17 SDGs

Sustainable-Development-Goals-to-Replace-Millennium-Development-GoalsThe Co-Chairs of the Open Working Group (OWG) on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have issued the “zero draft” of goals and targets. Titled ‘Introduction and Proposed Goals and Targets on Sustainable Development for the Post2015 Development Agenda,’ the zero draft proposes 17 SDGs to be attained by 2030, as well as associated targets. OWG Co-Chairs Macharia Kamau, Permanent Representative of Kenya, and Csaba Kőrösi, Permanent Representative of Hungary, note in their 2 June letter to all UN Member States that the zero draft includes a proposed focus area to “reduce inequality within and among countries,” which brings the number of proposed goals to 17. Read more ›

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