Informal meeting of Minister for Development, Dublin: extracts from the press conference by the Irish Presidency and the European Commission
Lieu: Dublin, Ireland - Dublin Castle
End production: 12/02/2013 First transmission: 12/02/2013
On 12 February, Joe Costello, Irish Minister for Trade and Development and President-in-office of the Council, Andris Piebalgs, Member of the EC in charge of Development and Kristalina Georgieva, Member of the EC in charge of International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response held the press conference of the Informal meeting of Minister for Development, in Dublin.
The participants agreed in putting together the efforts to put in place a program to eradicate extreme poverty in the world.
The speakers also prepared the conference on Mali.
The meeting came at a critical time in the international development agenda in advance of the 2013 UN Special Event on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and as work begins to shape the framework for international development after 2015, the target date for the MDGs.
EU Development Ministers will also meet at the Development segment of the Foreign Affairs Council in May 2013.
The Irish Presidency hosted an Informal Meeting of EU Development Ministers on February 11 and 12 in Dublin Castle.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||General view of the meeting
||SOUNDBITE (in English) Joe Costello, Irish Minister for Trade and Development and President-in-office of the Council Ireland: So three Commissioners which is unprecedented in any area. And they all agreed that we will look at putting together a program to actually eradicated extreme poverty in the world and that we will work together environment, humanitarian, development, bringing all together in a single stream.
||SOUNDBITE (in English) Andris Piebalgs, Member of the EC in charge of Development: Second issue on the conference on Mali. We have pledge so far only 50 million euro to African led peace force; we never made precise pledge for development activities. I mentioned from the Commission side, it is 250 million that we are able to pledge. Member countries didn't pledge what they will give for humanitarian action or development actions. And the bigger communities haven't done yet. So, we need to well prepare the conference.
||SOUNDBITE (in English) Kristalina Georgieva, Member of the EC in charge of International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response: We have discussed the necessity conference on Mali to also see the impact of the Malian crisis on the neighbouring countries that are also poor and fragile. Some people have moved across borders and also with their live stock. That puts enormous pressure on the fragile economy of the region and therefore, we can not deal with Mali in isolation of the broader Sahel region.
||Cutaway of the speakers
||General view of the meeting (3 shots)