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Europarl's Monthly Photo Contest on European Year for Development Themes

14-01-2015 - 14:38
Become our "guest photographer"

The European Parliament website has launched a monthly "guest photographer" contest, which will focus on the monthly themes of the European Year for Development 2015. Each month the best photos will be showcased on Parliament's social media pages where everyone can vote for their favourite. The most liked photo overall will be awarded the public prize, next to the best photo chosen by a jury. The two winners will be invited to Parliament's plenary session in November 2015. The theme for the month of January is "Europe in the World"; the deadline for submitting photos for this theme is 31 January. The theme for February is "Education".


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

13-01-2015 - 18:07
Child labour

Meeting on 21 and 22 January, the MEPs of the Committee on Development will exchange with the Latvian Presidency's Parliamentary State Secretary, Ms Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica, on priorities in the field of Humanitarian Aid, and hear from the Chair of the OECD's Development Assistance Committee (OECD/DAC), Eric Solheim on options for future development financing. 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 are also on the agenda. Members will 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.

Change of meeting room !! The meeting will take place in room Altiero Spinelli A3E-2 !!

Register for Workshop "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) in March 2015, the European Parliament's Committees on Development and Environment jointly organise a workshop with experts. Interested parties are invited to register, by 15 January, for the workshop that will take place at the European Parliament in Brussels, Altiero Spinelli Building, Room 1E2, on 20 January from 10.00-12.30. 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.

Launch of the European Year for Development 2015

08-01-2015 - 17:25

2015 is the European Year for Development, and a high-level meeting kicked off the year in Riga where EU institutions, Member States, and civil society representatives met to formulate expectations for an important cross road for development cooperation globally. The Chair of Parliament's 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 in the morning of 9 January in Latvia, Riga.

In her speech, the Committee Chair outlined what should be achieved in 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 how to implement the SDGs, and concrete and tangible project to be launched during the year which show that the EU works to address people's concerns.

She underlined the need to address violence against women and stressed that "poverty will never be history unless we tackle climate change". She also praised NGOs for their contribution to development projects and in particular Latvian NGOs for having pushed for 2015 to become the European Year for Development.

You can watch the opening speeches via the links below.

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22-01-2015 - 09:16
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21-01-2015 - 15:10
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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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