EU to take leading role in global fight against poverty and strive for sustainable development
As the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) come to an end in 2015 and the Rio+20 conference launched the process for the formulation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the European Commission acknowledges that both challenges must be tackled together through a joined up approach.
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 Communication "A Decent Life for All: Ending Poverty and Giving the World a Sustainable Future", presented today by the European Commission, proposes a global framework to address both issues, with a view to achieve an EU common position to feed the debate at the UN and worldwide.
European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, said: "Eradicating extreme poverty across the globe in a single generation is within reach. It is not a question of resources, but rather of having the political will and the right framework. The next two years will be critical for the international community to prove the ambition is there. The EU is determined to play a decisive role and today’s proposal is a first step in this direction."
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