Today the Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, opens the 6th global meeting of the Policy Forum on Development (PFD), which brings together more than 70 representatives from networks of civil society organisations (CSOs), associations of local authorities (LAs), private sector as well as European Union (EU) and Member States representatives.
Commissioner Mimica says "The Policy Forum on Development is a unique opportunity to exchange knowledge, experience and resources between the European Union, its Member States, civil society organisations, local authorities and the private sector. Without such dialogue, none of the Sustainable Development Goals can be in reach. In the EU, we are committed to strengthen these partnerships to deliver concrete results for the most vulnerable people across the world."
During this year’s meeting, the dialogue focuses on deepening and strengthening the strategic partnerships of all present in various pressing development policy challenges and issues. These include the EU Aid for Trade strategy, the Post-Cotonou Partnership Agreement and the future EU long term budget.
A session dedicated to migration builds on the contribution of EU development cooperation to migration management and responses to forced displacement. This is an opportunity to exchange best practices with a view to ensuring the socioeconomic integration of migrants at a local level. The key note address of Louise Arbour, UN Special Representative for International Migration on the Global Compact on Migration, is to enrich discussions.
Discussions are also dedicated to the recently launched European External Investment Plan (EIP) and the role of private finance in development cooperation to leverage additional resources and increase the impact of EU aid to reach the Sustainable Development Goals. Reinforcing the role of the private sector in sustainable job creation and supporting young and women entrepreneurs is a priority.
The question of how social, economic and human rights standards can be guaranteed is to be emphasised as the EU continues to underline its strong commitment to gender equality, the empowerment of women and the elimination of all forms of violence against women and girls.
The Policy Forum on Development (PFD)
Launched in 2013, the Policy Forum on Development (PFD) is a unique dialogue platform that promotes a better understanding of development policy issues among its members. Chaired by the Director-General for International Cooperation and Development, Stefano Manservisi, it is an example of partnership between stakeholders committed to global development.
Members of the PFD are networks and associations with a global and regional mandate representing millions of people. The results of these debates are widely disseminated.
More information: https://europa.eu/capacity4dev/policy-forum-development