"A decent life for all by 2030" - Ending poverty and giving the world a sustainable future:
Extracts from the joint press conference by Janez POTOČNIK and Andris PIEBALGS
Première transmission: 27/02/2013
Commission , Berlaymont press room, Brussels
Fin de production: 27/02/2013
The European Commission is presenting today its position on the post 2015 development agenda. The Communication will bring together a review of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which come to an end in 2015 and actions based on the outcomes of the Rio+20 conference, including the sustainable development goals. The MDGs have been a powerful tool to mobilise the world around the fight against poverty. Today, tackling poverty remains a top priority as well as other global challenges such as climate change, resource scarcity, environmental degradation and social inequalities. The two challenges of eradicating poverty and ensuring a sustainable development are interlinked and the next global framework should address both issues. There is clearly a need to go further and bring together a comprehensive framework required to fight against poverty, promoting sustainable development and social equality, whilst ensuring global progress stays within planetary boundaries. The "Decent Life for All" Communication will offer a joint and comprehensive vision for how to end extreme poverty and give the world a sustainable future, in response to the above global challenges.
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||SOUNDBITE by Janez Potočnik, Member of the EC in charge of Environment (In English) saying that: We intend to work together with our international partners to develop one single universally applicable framework for this post 2015. The overall objective of this post 2015 framework should be to ensure decent life for all by 2030, ending poverty in all its dimension, giving the world a sustainable future. This framework includes a limited set of goals; the Commission suggests global goals should represent commitments by all the countries but together also with tailored goals or/and targets on the national level.
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||SOUNDBITE by Janez Potočnik (In English) saying that: So the framework should be universal and this is the major novelty in aspiration coverage and should be based on a partnership between all countries and the prime responsibility for achieving those objectives should lie at a national level although international support should continue to complement national actions when needed.
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||SOUNDBITE by Andris Piebalgs, Member of the EC in charge of Development (In English) saying that: It's also important to remind the EU and its member states promised long time ago 0.7% of GNI for development purposes by 2015 and this is really the absolute minimum that is needed. Today the EU stands at 0.42% which is a little more than a half. I believe that the EU has the needs to deliver on its promises.
||SOUNDBITE by Andris Piebalgs (In English) saying that: It is widely recognized today that eradicating extreme poverty across the globe in a single generation is within reach. It is not only a question of whether all resources to achieve these goals are available but rather whether we have the political will to do so and the right international framework to guide us.
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||SOUNDBITE by Andris Piebalgs (In English) saying that: Sustainable management of national resources must be a key element in ensuring that developing countries reach their potential. Just to give an example: Within a decade 50 out of 54 African countries are expected to be classified as a resource reach under IMF criteria. It is essential that these resources are exploited not only sustainably but also on the basis of open and transparent governance.
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