Informal meeting of Minister for Development: Highlights (arrivals, roundtable and group photo)
Lieu: Dublin, Ireland - Dublin Castle
End production: 12/02/2013 First transmission: 12/02/2013
The Irish Presidency hosted an Informal Meeting of EU Development Ministers on February 11 and 12 in Dublin Castle.
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.
Ireland’s contribution to international development is central to its foreign policy, with a strong focus on the fight against poverty and hunger and the promotion of peace, justice and respect for human rights. These are also the values on which the Union was built and they underpin the EU’s role as a global actor.
The EU and its Member States provide more than half of total global development assistance. The Union constantly strives to ensure that our financial assistance is as effective as possible in transforming the lives of poor people in developing countries.
EU Development Ministers will also meet at the Development segment of the Foreign Affairs Council in May 2013.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Joe Costello, Irish Minister for Trade and Development and President-in-office of the Council, shaking hands to EU Ministers in charge of Development
||Janez Potocnik, Member of the EC in charge of Environment, shaking hands to Joe Costello
||Roundtable with Janez Potocnik, Joe Costello and EU Ministers for Development
||Group photo with Janez Potocnik, Joe Costello and EU Ministers for Development
||SOUNDBITE (in English) Joe Costello (on the program of the informal meeting of Development Ministers) saying that: We will discuss what we are going to do over the next 15 years regarding global development and eradication of poverty. We are also going to look at the area of resilience and marginalized communities. We will look at the crisis in Mali, which is an immediate crisis and finally we will deal with the whole area of financing of the MFF and how it will impact the EU development budget.