Extracts from the joint press conference by Janez Potočnik and Andris Piebalgs on "A decent life for all by 2030" - Ending poverty and giving the world a sustainable future
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 27/02/2013 First transmission: 27/02/2013
On 27 February 2013, Andris Piebalgs, Member of the EC in charge of Development, and Janez Potočnik, Member of the EC in charge of Environment, gave a joint press conference entitled "A Decent Life for All: Ending Poverty and Giving the World a Sustainable Future", in which the EC proposes a global framework to address the challenges of eradicating poverty and ensuring a sustainable development, with a view to achieve an EU common position to feed the debate at the UN and worldwide.
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||Joint arrival of Andris Piebalgs, Member of the EC in charge of Development, and Janez Potočnik, Membre de la CE en charge de l'Environnement
||Soundbite by Janez Potočnik (in ENGLISH): 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 its entire dimension, giving the world a sustainable future. This framework includes a limited set of goals; the Commission suggests global goals should respresents commitments by all the countries but together also with tailored goals or/and targets on the national level.
||Cutaway of the audience
||Soundbite by Janez Potočnik (in ENGLISH): 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 (in ENGLISH): 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): 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 weather, all resources to achieve these goals are available but rather weather 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): 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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