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G8 Development Ministers' Meeting

30/04/2010

Yesterday I returned from the two-day G8 Development Ministers' meeting in Halifax. The meeting was convoked in a crucial time to prepare for the upcoming G8 Muskoka Leaders' Summit, where Heads of State will discuss how to advance achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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EU Commissioner Piebalgs in Washington to relaunch the Development dialogue with the USA and to attend the World Bank Development Committee Meeting

25/04/2010

On 25th April, EU Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, will be in Washington to relaunch the EU US development dialogue and cooperation, after a 12 year break. Three areas of action have been identified: food security, climate change and the Millennium Development Goals. On the same day, Commissioner Piebalgs will attend the annual World Bank Development committee Meeting.

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First visit of Commissioner Piebalgs to Haiti: launch of the first EU-funded projects for reconstruction

23/04/2010

Andris Piebalgs, EU Commissioner for Development, will travel to Haiti on 23-24 April 2010, to launch the first projects for reconstruction that will be funded by the EU. This will be the first high-level EU visit to Haiti since the International Donors’ Conference "Towards a New Future for Haiti" held on 31 March in New York, during which the EU collectively pledged more than 1.2 billion euros for Haiti's reconstruction. Commissioner Piebalgs will sign five financing agreements for projects funded by the European Commission, which will provide €460 million to the reconstruction and development of the country. These projects will focus on rebuilding of the State, infrastructures such as schools and roads, and the social sectors. Before going to Haiti, Commissioner Piebalgs will visit the Dominic Republic where he will meet with authorities of the country to discuss the situation in Haiti. In Haiti, he will meet with Haitian President Préval and Prime Minister Bellerive, as well as with representatives of the private sector and NGOs, who are key actors for the reconstruction. The Commissioner also intends to visit two refugee camps whilst in Haiti,, and to discuss with Member States and main international donors on how best to coordinate programming of international aid.

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First visit of Commissioner Piebalgs to Haiti: launch of the first EU-funded projects for reconstruction

23/04/2010

Andris Piebalgs, EU Commissioner for Development, will travel to Haiti on 23-24 April 2010, to launch the first projects for reconstruction that will be funded by the EU. This will be the first high-level EU visit to Haiti since the International Donors’ Conference "Towards a New Future for Haiti" held on 31 March in New York, during which the EU collectively pledged more than 1.2 billion euros for Haiti's reconstruction. Commissioner Piebalgs will sign five financing agreements for projects funded by the European Commission, which will provide €460 million to the reconstruction and development of the country.

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More and better aid needed for making Millennium Development Goals a success

21/04/2010

Development policy is the ultimate human interest story. Europe's aid changes lives for good. Our policies are about people - real people, not just ideas, cooperation and money. Let me tell you just one story…, about Angela from Mozambique. She is a 34 year old single mother suffering from AIDS. When she fell sick, she went to visit the medical centre – part of her own country's health system, funded by the EU. With treatment and medicines she was able to recover and take care of her children. This is just one story amongst others,… thousands, millions of others.

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Reaction of the Commission to OECD statistics on Development aid: Commission calls Member States to get back on track

14/04/2010

The European Commission today reacted to the aid figures of OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) members1 for 2009, released by the OECD. The financial crisis has slowed aid flows. Worldwide development aid by DAC Members has increased by less than 1% in real terms by comparison with 2008. The EU donors in the DAC showed a slight decrease in their aid to developing countries. But they clearly retain the EU position as most generous global donor. The EU donors who are members of DAC account for 56% of worldwide aid.

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International Health Day - when EU money makes better lives for Nigerians

07/04/2010

On the International Health Day, we wanted you to read the stories of Memuna, a Nigerian mother whose life has changed thanks to the PRIME project which supported immunisation for children under five. See also the role of Mallam Haruna Abubakar Gwandu and Abdulnaseer Sani Argungu in building trust in the community and bring people to use the vaccination. This is just one example amongst others, but it shows that, when money meets political and cultural will, things can move. This is encouraging at a times when the Millennium Development Goals on Health are the ones the most lagging behind. The Commission will come with some proposals on 21st april to send a wake up call to Europe.

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Commissioner for Development Piebalgs met in New York representatives from NGOs and a delegation from the European Parliament to discuss on food security

06/04/2010

Last 31 st March, Commissioner for Development Piebalgs met in New York representatives from NGOs and a delegation from the European Parliament to discuss on food security. The meeting took place in the frame of the Conference 'Towards a new future for Haiti', which is considered a pilot case for developing a successful food security policy.

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