Tuesday, 21 February 2017

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 Millennium Development Goals: with world leaders meeting in two weeks, how committed is Europe?

Ten years on from the original adoption of the MDGs at the 2000 Millennium Summit, and despite remarkable progress in some countries, collectively the world is falling short in their achievement. The consequence of these shortfalls, further aggravated by the combined effects of the global food, climate, energy and economic crises, is that improvements in the lives of the poorest are happening at an unacceptably slow pace and in some countries, hard fought gains are being eroded.

If the MDGs are to be achieved by 2015, not only must the level of financial investment be increased but innovative, sustained and broadly supported programmes and policies aimed at overall development and economic and social transformation must be rapidly scaled up and replicated.  There is clearly an urgency to address challenges, acknowledge failures and come together to overcome the obstacles to their achievement. This will require the embrace of pioneering ideas and political will on the part of governments, their development partners and representatives of civil society.

The meeting of world leaders at the United Nations on 20 September presents a crucial opportunity for the international community to agree on an action plan of what needs to be done to meet the MDGs by 2015. Given the huge contribution of the European Union and its member states to development cooperation, the European Union will have a significant bearing on the outcome of the MDG summit.

This brainstorming intends to answer the questions: Where do we stand in the light of the latest UN reports? Does the financial crisis have an impact on the EU’s contribution and ultimately what needs to be done by the EU and the international community to meet their commitments?


-Rudi Delarue Director, ILO Office for the European Union and the Benelux Countries;

-Françoise Moreau, Director ad interim DEV.A EU Development Policy: Horizontal Issues DG Development and Relations with African, Caribbean and Pacific States European Commission.

-Marcus Leroy, Minister Counsellor, Special Coordinator for the MDGs, Foreign Affairs Belgium - DG Development

-Natalia Alonso, Head of Plan EU Liaison Office.

The panel members will give short 7-10 minute introductions followed by a debate moderated by Janos Tisovszky, Deputy Director, UNRIC.

7 September 2010, 18.00-19.30

Where?  UNRIC meeting room, 8th floor, Residence Palace, Rue de la Loi/Wetstraat, 155.  Entrance block C2 (behind the Security Container)

Language of presentations: English.  

Registration:   invite2@unric.org   

For more information:

Alexandra Froger froger@unric.org  Tel. +32 (0)2 788.84.61

Jean-Luc Onckelinx Onckelinx@unric.org  Tel. +32 (0) 476 215 485


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