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UN Deputy Secretary General Eliasson exchanges with MEPs - Monday 2 February

28-01-2015 - 11:15
Jan Eliasson

The Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET) and DEVE will hold a joint exchange of views with UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson on Monday 2 February, between 17.30 and 18.30 CET.

Among other tasks, the UNDSG supports the Secretary-General in profiling the UN's role in the economic and social spheres, including its efforts in development policy and development assistance.

Prior to his appointment as Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson also served as a member of the UN Secretary-General's Advocacy Group of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The exchange of views is likely to cover EU-UN cooperation,and Mr Eliasson's current priorities. The meeting will take place in Brussels in the József Antall  building room JAN 2Q2 and will be live webstreamed.

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Launch of the European Year for Development 2015

28-01-2015 - 11:52
Man shows field of the Naro project western Uganda

2015 is the European Year for Development (EYD) and a high-level meeting kicked off the year in Riga on 9 January where EU institutions, Member States, and civil society representatives met to formulate expectations for a year which is going to be an important crossroads for development cooperation globally.

The Chair of the Committee on Development, Linda McAvan, along with the President of the European Commission, the Latvian Prime Minister and the EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, were among the first to address the auditorium in Latvia's National Library during the EYD launch.

Riga, Addis, New York: Global development agenda at a crossroads

The idea to make 2015 the European Year for Development, the first ever European Year to be devoted to external action, was based not least on the fact that it is the target year for the Millennium Development Goals agreed on by world leaders in 2000 and that it will be the year when new comprehensive Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), merging the Rio+20 environmental agenda with the development objectives, are to be agreed. The idea for the European Year was originally championed from within civil society, including the Latvian development NGO platform, and quickly taken up by DEVE Members and the President of Parliament, as well as the Development Commissioner and the Economic and Social Committee.

On 23 October 2012, Parliament's plenary overwhelming endorsed the idea. The ensuing Commission proposal was subsequently subject to the co-decision procedure, during which Parliament coined the motto of the Year: "Our world, our dignity, our future". It underlines that development cooperation centres on human dignity and that development is a universal endeavour in which the notion of "us" and "them" should be overcome to shape a common future. The Decision on the Year was adopted in April 2014.

"Development policy works for real people with real names and real faces"

In her opening speech, DEVE Committee Chair McAvan outlined what should be achieved during the course of the Year. She mentioned broader appreciation of the successes of development aid, broad public ownership of the future post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), concrete targets and strategies for the EU on how to implement the SDGs and concrete and tangible projects to be launched during the Year which show that the EU works to address people's concerns.

The DEVE Chair underlined the need to address violence against women and, pointing to the December climate summit in Paris, stressed that "poverty will never be history unless we tackle climate change".

She emphasised that it was important to drive home the message that development policy works: "If we look at results of the Millennium Development Goals, we see two billion people now with access to clean water, over three million children's lives saved from malaria, millions of people lifted out of poverty - real people with real names and real faces".

#EYD2015 will be an interinstitutional communications priority

Parliament has made EYD 2015 one of its communication priorities, in particular for web communications and activities of the European Parliament Information Offices in Member States and also in terms of communicating about Parliament's contributions to the post-2015 agenda. Parliament's annual Open Doors Day in May will focus on development cooperation as well.

The DEVE Committee, which has set up an EYD coordination group, will organise, among other things, special high-level hearings. It plans to participate in the world exhibition EXPO Milan 2015 (under the theme of "Feeding the planet, energy for life") and contribute to preparing the summit on development finance in Addis Abba in July and the UN special summit on SDGs in New York in September. It will also contribute to the European Development Days in Brussels in June. Towards the end of 2015, DEVE intends to hold an interparliamentary committee meeting to look at the implementation of the new SDGs.

In addition, DEVE Members will be going the extra mile to involve national MPs and raise awareness of colleagues in other EP committees.

Committee meeting 21/22 January: Latvian Presidency, DAC Chair, conflict minerals, TTIP, child labour

13-01-2015 - 18:07
Child labour

The first DEVE Committee hearing in 2015, the European Year for Development, Members exchanged with the Chair of the OCED Development Assistance Committee and the incoming Latvian Presidency.

OECD/DAC Chair Eric Solheim focussed on future options for development financing and discussions on modernizing the definition of assistance.

EU legislation on conflict minerals and the potential impact of the controversial Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) on developing countries, as well as child labour were also on the agenda.

Members vote on the discharge Opinion for the execution of the 2013 EU Budget and the European Development Funds, the work of the ACP-EU Join Parliamentary Assembly and the EU's Annual Human Rights Report.

Watch the recording below.

Workshop on Disaster Risk Reduction: "Towards a post-Hyogo Framework for Action"

13-01-2015 - 18:02
Natural and man-made disasters

In preparation of the 3rd UN Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, to take place in Sendai (Japan) 14-18 March 2015, Parliament's Committees on Development and Environment jointly organised a workshop with experts. The Sendai conference is expected to agree on a post 2015 international framework for action to reduce risks and improve resilience to the increasing number and scale of natural and man-made disasters. This new framework will replace the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015 adopted by 168 UN Member States as the blueprint for reducing global disaster risk.

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Latvian Presidency priorities discussed by EP committees

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The priorities of Latvia’s EU Council Presidency will be outlined to the various parliamentary committees by Latvian ministers in a series of meetings to be held during the last two weeks of January. (Read more)

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Chair of the Committee on Development

Welcome to the website of the Committee on Development (DEVE). I have had the honour of being Chair of the committee since July 2014.

Nearly a billion people around the world live in extreme poverty. Many more face hunger and disease or have no access to healthcare or education. Yet global development efforts, under the framework of the Millennium Development Goals, have led to measurable progress, and we have seen millions being lifted out of poverty in recent years. At the same time however, we are also see growing inequalities and need to find ways to make economic growth more beneficial for a greater number of people.

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