CONCORD in the news: This article on 2030 Agenda from Evert-Jan Brouwer, Jussi Kanner and Tanya Cox (CONCORD steering group members for Policy Coherence and Sustainable Development) has been published in The Guardian on 21 November 2016.
The European Union will not achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in 14 years if it does not adopt an overall strategy. Without that strategy, the incoherencies of EU policies will make that impossible, given the integrated nature of the 2030 Agenda, shows the new CONCORD report on Sustainable Development, titled “Sustainable Development – The Stakes could not be higher”.
CONCORD members gathered in Budapest on 8th and 9th November to discuss the shrinking space for civil society in Europe. This event, the first of its kind, aimed to foster information-sharing and mutual learning between our members on the solutions they are exploring. Our Hungarian members, HAND, supported the preparation of the event and highlighted the extreme situation for civil society in the country.
On November 16th, CONCORD will publish its report “Sustainable Development – The stakes could not be higher”. Do not miss this key publication analysing the EU’s implementation of the 2030 Agenda and Policy Coherence for Development and join the launch event.
Seamus Jeffreson, CONCORD Director was invited to speak on October 27th at the International Conference “Development and Democracy” in Bratislava, organised by the Pontis Foundation in the framework of the Slovak Presidency. Find here the speech and background info.
The European Union has again failed to meet its commitment to spend 0.7% of Gross National Income on Development Aid by 2015. The CONCORD Aidwatch report 2016 published today, entitled ‘This is not enough’, reveals that only five countries met their 2015 targets.
The accompanying infographics of the 2016 AidWatch Report.
CONCORD in the news: This article on a new vision for Europe from Laura Sullivan, our Vice-President, has been published in BlogActiv on 19 October 2016.
The twelfth CONCORD AidWatch report will be launched on October 26th in Brussels. Do not miss this key publication and join our launch event!
CONCORD is on the road to the second High-level meeting of the GPDEC, key moment for our sector to lead the engagement taken on development effectiveness a step further. Find our position paper and the engagement guide which will provide all the information you need to get ready for Nairobi meeting.
CONCORD Director was asked by the CONCORD member working on improving the quality of life of people with disabilities, CBM International, for his reflections on the upcoming European Consensus on Development and its impact on people with disabilities.
CONCORD has prepared new guidelines to provide advice on how to write a proposal for DEVCO funding. Recently, some major changes have appeared in the way applicants have to submit their proposals to EuropeAid. Be prepared and read this publication!
CONCORD in the news – This article is a common statement on the future of Europe drafted on the initiative of WWF, CONCORD Europe, ETUC and European Youth Forum, supported by 177 European and national Civil Society Organisations and Trade Unions.
Discover this position paper highlighting our key asks for the new “European Consensus on Development” based on our full response to the EC Consultation. This paper is an advocacy tool which will be used vis-à-vis the EU institutions and nationals institutions.
How is the quality of the relationship between Civil Society and EU Delegations? CONCORD survey will help us to find out! Please fill in the survey before 10 September.
On Thursday 30 June we organised a webinar in order to answer some of our members’ interrogations concerning the impact of Brexit for European Civil Society and for our confederation. Here are the main outcomes.
CONCORD in the news: The UK referendum result casts doubt on many of the EU’s values: pluralism, non-discrimination, tolerance, justice, solidarity and equality, and a commitment to sustainable development and poverty eradication worldwide, write Geneviève Pons and Seamus Jeffreson.
Will Estonia, Finland, France and Germany lead the way towards Sustainable Development?
Governmental representatives from around the world gather in New York this July to review progress made to deliver on Agenda 2030 in the first 10 months. Four EU Member States – Estonia, Finland, France and Germany – are among the first 22 countries to report on their national preparation for implementing the 2030 Agenda. National platforms of CONCORD have analysed the respective reports of their countries and pointed out their pros and cons.
Ahead of the EU Council on June 28th and 29th, CONCORD Europe, together with 108 other NGOs, strongly condemns the “New Migration Partnership Framework” which would undermine the right to asylum internationally and reorient Europe’s development aid towards stopping migration.
On behalf of CONCORD, we want to express our regret and sadness at the decision of the UK to leave the European Union. Article written by Johannes Trimmel, CONCORD President and Seamus Jeffreson, CONCORD Director.
CONCORD Europe took part in European Development Days 2016 last week. Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda represented us in the high level Opening Ceremony alongside heads of state and prime ministers. She highlighted the crucial role of civil society in development.
CONCORD in the news: What would be the impact of UK leaving the EU for Europe and beyond? What is the link to the Agenda 2030 and tackling the current global challenges? Please read the very timely article written by Johannes Trimmel, president of CONCORD, published last week in Devex.
CONCORD expresses our shock and deep sadness at the killing yesterday of Jo Cox MP.
Jo worked tirelessly to make the world a better place. She served with Oxfam GB including the Oxfam EU office from 2001 to 2009 (while she was head of the office, Oxfam became a member of CONCORD). Jo was committed to an internationalist and European approach to global justice.
CONCORD Europe organised its General Assembly on 13 and 14 June 2016 in Brussels. The main topic of the whole event was “CONCORD facing shrinking civic space in a Europe in crisis”. Learning and exchange was at the heart of the agenda and members have addressed key questions which Civil Society is facing today: gender, paradigm shift, civic space, inclusiveness… Members took also the time to reflect on the new strategy endorsed one year ago.