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Debates
Tuesday, 10 May 2016 - Strasbourg Revised edition

14. Follow-up and state of play of the Agenda 2030 and Sustainable Development Goals (debate)
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  Nirj Deva (ECR ). Madam President, I would like to congratulate Vice-President Timmermans on an excellent speech, where he asked us to be comprehensive in dealing with sustainable development and ending poverty. A comprehensive approach to this up to 2030 requires us to recognise that global poverty has still got a billion people in need, but we also have a huge humanitarian crisis in the Middle East and we need to understand that in its totality if we are going to make any progress.

The 17 sustainable development goals are a great – and very important – comprehensive, sustainable and enjoined effort. But it requires money – it requires USD 2.5 trillion. My report, which was passed in Parliament last month, points out how to raise these sort of funds – by leverage, which we have done, and the Commission has committed itself to that – and we can actually involve the private sector, in public—private partnership, to act comprehensively, reduce poverty and also sustainably help the EU in that problem.

But I am already told that the UN is now six months behind creating the 230 indicators that we need. We must not allow the United Nations to use its bureaucracy to slow down this process. The global humanitarian crisis which I mentioned a few minutes ago also requires that the new Secretary—General of the United Nations, who we are going to look towards to implement our programme, has some humanitarian experience. It should not really be just someone who can run government, but someone who has got hands—on experience of development and humanitarian work. In that regard, I think Parliament should also have a further role in scrutinising the work of the UN and in the sustainable development goals up to 2030 in the programme that we have devised because it is our European taxpayers’ money that will be used.

 
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