It is with great interest that I took note of the findings of ONE's "The 2012 Data Report" which examines EU progress in reaching development aid funding and assesses the quality of aid provided by the EU institutions and Member States. I was particularly pleased to see that the EU institutions rank in first position on transparency and among the leaders in terms of aid efficiency and evaluation.
Rio+20: European Commissioners underline importance of sustainable and inclusive agriculture in fighting poverty
The European Commission organised a joint high-level event at the Rio Summit of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, outlining the important role that sustainable agricultural practices and development policies can play to reduce poverty, hunger and malnutrition, advance social equity and ensure environmental protection.
Today, at the Rio+20 Summit, EU Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, participated in a side event on "Sustainable Energy: how can innovative financing contribute to the global objective of connecting every person in the world to sustainable energy by 2050".
The Rio +20 United Nations (UN) Conference on Sustainable Development is a world summit providing an opportunity to coherently address the global challenges of sustainable development (social, economic, environment). It will gather a large number of Heads of State and Governments, some 50 000 other government representatives, civil society and private sector participants.
18/06 - The European Commission is increasing its humanitarian funding to the Sahel by €40 million, bringing its response to the food crisis to €337 million. This extra funding comes just weeks before the food crisis is set to peak across the region where 18 million people are in danger from hunger.
The hunger crisis in the Sahel is expected to peak in the weeks to come, threatening 18 million people across West Africa. Acting in line with its commitment to help the people of the Sahel survive this crisis and develop greater resilience to future ones, the EU Commissioners for humanitarian aid, Kristalina Georgieva, and for development, Andris Piebalgs, are organising a high-level meeting on charting the way out of the crisis and away from potential repetitions.
Today, at the EU-ACP Ministerial meeting in Vanuatu, Ministers of the EU and African, Caribbean and Pacific countries agreed on a joint declaration ahead of the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development. The EU is represented by the EU Danish Presidency, with Mr Christian Friis Bach, Danish Minister of Foreign Affairs and the European Commissioner for development, Andris Piebalgs. Commissioner Piebalgs stated: "This joint statement is a very positive signal that the EU and the ACP countries have many converging views and share the objective of a sustainable development of the planet".
Commissioner Piebalgs met the Scientific Advisory Board on EU Development Policy to discuss 'Sustainable Energy for All'
Brussels, 31 May 2012. Today, European Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs attended a thematic seminar organised with the recently established Scientific Advisory Board on EU Development Policy and invited experts. They discussed how to reach the goal of universal access to modern energy services whilst aiming to make the energy mix as economically, socially and environmentally sustainable as possible. They also addressed the issue of how to optimize the large potential of renewable energy resources in many developing countries.
« Discrimination hampers development » – Commissioner Piebalgs launches a new initiative to fight discrimination in developing countries
EU Commissioner Piebalgs today unveiled the launch of a new €20 million package to help fight against any kind of discrimination - whether based on gender or sexual orientation, religion or belief, race or ethnic origin, or disability - which affects millions of people around the world.