European Consensus on Development

European Consensus on Development

The European Consensus on Development is a policy statement that commits the EU to eradicating poverty and building a fairer and more stable world.

Made jointly by the European Commission, Parliament and Council, the 2005 European Consensus on Development identifies shared values, goals, principles and commitments which the Commission and EU governments will implement in their development policies.

Since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by the international community at the UN Summit in September 2015, the EU is now working towards a new European Consensus on Development as a new common vision for development policy for the EU and its Member States.

The Commission proposes aligning the development policy of the Union and its Member States with the 2030 Agenda, as it is part of the international community's agreed response to new global trends and challenges of globalisation. It suggests an ambitious, new, collective European development policy, addressing in an integrated manner the main orientations in the 2030 Agenda: people, planet, prosperity, peace, and partnership.

The Commission proposes that the Consensus contributes to the objectives and values of EU external action, as agreed in Lisbon Treaty. It supports the Global Strategy on the EU's Foreign and Security Policy (EUGS) presented by HRVP Mogherini.