DEVE meeting 3 November: Syria, Ebola, post2015 goals
On Monday, 3 November (15:00-18:30 CET) the Committee on Development will discuss an initiative report on the longer-term lessons from the Ebola epidemic. Members will also discuss the EU negotiating position for the future global framework for sustainable development goals and vote on an opinion in view of the UN climate change conference taking place in Lima in December. The plight of Syrian refugees and EU humanitarian relief will be on the agenda at the start of the meeting.
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.
The EU’s contribution to supporting development is vital and parliamentary support and scrutiny is an important element. Our committee participates in deciding the budget for EU aid spending, we keep a close watch on the European Commission, External Action Service and all those using EU aid funds, and we push for better coordination between donor countries and agencies. We participate in making the laws that frame EU development aid. We also meet with officials, stakeholders and experts from around the world to discuss solutions and hear what's really needed on the ground. I invite you to regularly check the news and announcements, consult meeting documents or even watch our committee meetings live as they happen.