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Commissioner Piebalgs highlights development at the UN General Assembly

Commissioner for Development Piebalgs will highlight the leading role of the EU in development at the 67th session of the General Assembly of the United Nations (UNGA) which opened in New York on 18 September.

Together with other members of the European institutions, including Commission President José Manuel Barroso, Andris Piebalgs will travel to New York to represent the EU in discussions on peace and security, sustainable development, human rights and strengthening the role of the United Nations.

Commissioner for Development Piebalgs will participate notably in the Sustainable Energy for All high-level meeting and will present his ideas on addressing food security challenges to the G8 Global Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition. He will participate in a meeting on natural resources and transparency, and at the Scaling-Up Nutrition meeting he will reiterate the EU's commitment to reach at least seven million malnourished children with its development programmes by 2025.

Post-Millennium Development Goals: Three pillars for "Decent Life for Everybody"

On 25 September, Commissioner Piebalgs participated, upon invitation of the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, in a High-Level Panel on the future of global development. During this first High Level Panel meeting on the post-Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) agenda beyond 2015, Commissioner Andris Piebalgs stated: " It is true that the MDGs have been hugely successful; but the job is only half done. And the world faces additional and greater challenges, than we were aware of in 2000. We know it can be done. The only question is whether, collectively, we are willing to do it. Thus, the new framework must apply to, and be relevant to, every citizen on the planet; rich or poor. It should promise, by 2030, a Decent Life For Everyone. Every single global citizen. To achieve this, I suggest we need to work around three pillars: First, updated and modernised MDGs, providing decent living standards for all; second, focussing on the drivers for prosperity, creating jobs and guaranteeing justice and equity; and third, each country must therefore have its own obligations towards its citizens in terms of the good stewardship of its own precious natural resources".

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