New EU approach to tackling poverty and environmental problems would pool funding and improve policy coordination.
It is often the poorest countries in the world that are hit hardest by environmental problems – and likely to suffer most from the effects of climate change.
The roots of these problems often intertwine, so alleviating one will often impact the other. For example, preserving forests and biodiversity not only helps combat climate change, but can secure food supply, which is key to eradicating poverty.
A proposal from the European Commission outlines a new EU approach to eradicating poverty and stimulating sustainable development that considers both problems together.
It is the right time to prepare a strategy for both challenges – the target date for the Millennium Development Goals (which included the goal of poverty eradication) is 2015, while international discussions continue on the follow-up to the 2012 UN conference on sustainable development.
The new approach is based on the following features:
The proposals will now be discussed by MEPs and national ministers. The approach would apply from 2016.