The EU should remain committed to international aid targets.

As the G8 recently agreed, we must continue to work with the poorest countries to help lift people out of poverty by keeping our aid promises and being accountable to the public.
We must accelerate efforts to deliver results for millions of the world’s poorest people.
In 2010, the European Council committed to the EU’s formal undertaking to collectively commit 0.7% of GNI to official development assistance by 2015 and to return to the issue on an annual basis.
Since 2010, this is the first time that the European Council has annexed the council conclusions without reiterating the commitment in the main body of the council conclusions.
“The global financial context is increasingly challenging, but European member states can and should meet their 0.7% aid target by 2015.”
It is important that the European Council returns to this issue in 2014 and that European member states take forward national action plans to deliver their aid promises.
For Ben Jackson, Chief Executive at Bond, the UK Development NGO platform:
“Last week’s European Council was an important opportunity for European leaders to re-commit to reaching the 0.7% target on aid. This is the first time since 2010 that ministers have failed to renew the commitment in the main council conclusions. This is disappointing. As the 2015 deadline approaches, it is essential that EU leaders do not fail to keep their aid promises to the world’s poorest people.”