CONCORD reacts to the EU Commission’s new proposal that seeks to shape the EU’s global poverty strategy after 2015.

(Brussels, 27 February 2013) The EU Commission has proposed a change to the EU’s global poverty efforts after 2015, by integrating environmental sustainability and poverty eradication efforts into a single agenda. This comes with the announcement today of the Communication “A decent life for all: Ending poverty and giving the world a sustainable future.”


For CONCORD, the European confederation of Relief and Development NGOs, representing over 1,800 NGOs to the European institutions, the EU is making a positive step to link environmental and anti-poverty efforts together.
For CONCORD Director, Olivier Consolo:
“The EU is right to recognize that development and environmental sustainability are two sides of the same coin. Unfortunately few new proposals are made for how we’ll actually achieve sustainable development that benefits everyone and especially the extremely poor.
The Commission also wants an agenda whose goals apply globally, not just to developing countries, which is welcome. However more clarity is needed on what changes the EU and richer countries would have to make themselves to fulfill this agenda. What is clear is that business as usual is not an option if we do want to achieve sustainable development for all now and in the future.“
CONCORD believes the Communication is extremely light on accountability mechanisms to ensure leaders and countries fulfil their commitments. The poverty and sustainability challenges set out in the Communication need to be met with real commitment to the changes needed if the EU wants to be taken seriously by the international community.
Notes to editors
  1. In September 2013, a UN special event will take stock of the efforts made towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), discuss ways to accelerate progress until 2015 and start exchanges on what could follow after the MDG target year of 2015. The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon asked the UN High Level Panel on the post-2015 development agenda to which European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs is a member, to prepare a special report, to be presented by the end of May. A number of commitments made at the Rio+20 Conference in June 2012 also need to be implemented within the EU.
  2. For further analysis, contact the CONCORD-Beyond 2015 European Task Force, a working structure of CONCORD and the European regional hub of the Beyond 2015 campaign, Gerard Vives
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