CONCORD broadly welcomes the new European Commission Communication on Global Partnership for the post-2015 development agenda published today.

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The communication will provide the basis for the EU position at the Third Financing for Development Conference in Addis Ababa in July and the Post-2015 UN Summit in New York in September 2015. Its indication that the EU will do all that it takes to reach the international agreements needed to set the international community on the right path to respond to the fundamental challenges facing the world today is particularly noteworthy

No mention of a financial transaction tax

For Jean Saldanha, chair of CONCORD Financing for Development Task Force/Cidse: “We are concerned that the proposals to use public money ‘innovatively” to leverage private investment is not balanced by adequate proposals on safeguards to prevent such innovations from doing more harm than good. Civil society has long campaigned for the Financial Transactions Tax as an innovative mechanism to raise finance for development. Unfortunately such innovation does not appear at all. Yet 11 EU member states are currently discussing the adoption of this tax by the end of the year.”

Recommitting to aid targets

For Amy Dodd, Chair of AidWatch/UKAN: “The EC’s recommitment to the 0.7% target and binding timetable for Member States is very welcomed and fundamental to successful negotiations in Addis Ababa this July – hopefully all Member States will meet that level of ambition. It is however unhelpful to link this commitment – one that has been outstanding for over 30 years – to commitment from others. Delivering 0.7% of GNI to support sustainable development for some of the world’s poorest people is the right thing to do and a positive step that could help encourage others to do more. The inclusion of key aid and development effectiveness principles including ownership, focus on results, inclusive partnership, transparency and mutual accountability is also a positive step however stronger emphasis could have been placed on the importance of these effectiveness principles and criteria for all development finance and interventions.”

Sally Nicholson, WWF European Policy Office and co-chair of the CONCORD-Beyond 2015 European Task Force: “We welcome the emphasis placed by the EU on integration of the three dimensions of sustainable development as well as the importance of policy coherence for development. However, despite the title of the Communication, the European Commission entirely fails to set out exactly what the functions of the global partnership would be and how it would operate. The Communication is essentially an elaboration of the various means of implementation that will be needed and while it is helpful to know which elements the EC considers important, this document has not taken the debate forward. Furthermore, we see no acknowledgement of the EU’s responsibility for its overall impact on developing countries of its own policies, where economic growth and unsustainable production and consumption are putting untenable pressure on the natural environment, the climate and the planet’s resources.”

The Communication on a “Global Partnership for Poverty Eradication and Sustainable Development after 2015” has been jointly prepared by the High Representative and Vice President, Federica Mogherini, Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, and Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella.
Read the Communication here: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-15-4141_en.htm

More detailed analysis of the Communication will be published soon.