EU Commissioner Piebalgs commends an "ambitious and inspiring" final report of the UN High Level Panel on the post-2015 development agenda
Following last night's publication of the final report of the UN High Level Panel on the post-2015 development agenda – in which he had the honour to serve – Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs said:
Statement by European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs following the European development ministers Council
I warmly welcome the council conclusions on EU Official Development Assistance (ODA) recalling the need to deliver on our commitments to collectively spend 0.7% of GNI to official development assistance by 2015, thus making a decisive step towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals by 2015.
50th anniversary of the African Union: Joint Statement by President Barroso and Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs
50 years ago on this day, representatives from 32 African countries came together in Addis Ababa to form the Organisation of the African Unity. Their aim was to promote unity and solidarity among African States and to accelerate the process of integration in the continent to enable it to play its rightful role in global affairs.
The European Commission has confirmed its commitment to making education more equal and of a higher quality in the Development agenda beyond 2015 through continued financial support, during a High level event in Brussels on 23 May. Development Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs, announced that at least 20% of the 2014-2020 aid budget is foreseen for human development and social inclusion, education being a main component of it.
The European Commission is presenting its views on how migration and mobility can contribute to inclusive and economic social development and how to strengthen global cooperation in this area. The Commission Communication “Maximising the Development Impact of Migration” will provide the basis for a common position of the EU and its Member States at the High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development, organised by the United Nations General Assembly on 3-4 October 2013.
The EU will provide some €37 million to strengthen the fight against piracy in several Eastern and Southern African countries through support for the Programme to promote Regional Maritime Security (MASE). In the past decade, the level of maritime insecurity in the region’s waters has become the highest in the world, undermining development and affecting the wellbeing of millions of people.
Entitled “Together for a New Mali”, this high-level event is organised jointly by the European Union and France in close collaboration with Mali. The event aims to give a big boost to the development priorities of the Sahel country which has been hit by drought, hunger and conflict.
Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, today announced that the European Union will further support the justice system and police force in Somalia with €44 million. The pledge was made during the Somalia conference in London, which aims to provide support for the Government of Somalia as they rebuild their country after two decades of conflict.