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Thursday, 5 July 2012 - Strasbourg
Development education and active global citizenship

Declaration of the European Parliament of 5 July 2012 on development education and active global citizenship

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to the European Consensus on Development, which underlines that ‘the EU will pay particular attention to development education and raising awareness’,

–  having regard to the conclusions of the Structured Dialogue concerning the role of civil society and local authorities in development, which calls on ‘EU Member States and the European Commission [to] strengthen their strategies for Development Education and Awareness Raising’,

–  having regard to Rule 123 of its Rules of Procedure,

A.  whereas development education and awareness-raising are central to European development policies, as outlined in the European Development Education Consensus (‘The European Consensus on Development: The contribution of Development Education and Awareness Raising’);

B.  whereas, despite being one of the biggest funders of development education in Europe, the European Union does not have a dedicated strategy in this field;

C.  whereas, during periods marked by austerity, crises and the rise of nationalist and populist movements, it is particularly important to support active global citizenship;

1.  Calls on the Commission and the Council to develop a long-term, cross-sectoral European strategy for development education, awareness-raising and active global citizenship;

2.  Calls on the Member States to develop or strengthen national development education strategies;

3.  Instructs its President to forward this declaration, together with the names of the signatories(1), to the Commission, the Council and the parliaments of the Member States.

(1) The list of signatories is published in Annex 1 to the Minutes of 5 July 2012 (P7_PV(2012)07-05(ANN1)).

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