European Commission reinforcing its commitment to sustainable development

European Commission reinforcing its commitment to sustainable development

30/03/2017

Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica is at the United Nations Office in Geneva today, where he will hold an Executive Briefing on the European Union's approach to implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The SGDs, as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, were agreed by the international community in 2015, as a universal and comprehensive Framework for action. Commissioner Mimica said: "The European Union, alongside our partners, was a driving force for high ambition for the 2030 Agenda. As a result we have a universal, global framework for achieving sustainable development, and ending poverty once and for all. But we cannot stop here. Our main challenge now is to ensure that we maintain the momentum. And that we turn the rhetoric into results."

Commissioner Mimica presented to the UN Membership the proposals made by the European Commission in November 2016, which incorporate the 2030 Agenda and the SGDs in its policies. Commissioner Mimica also presented the "External Investment Plan", which will help to catalyse private sector investment in partner countries, to contribute to sustainable economic growth and financing for development."

(For more information: Carlos Martín Ruiz de Gordejuela – Tel.: + 32 229 65322; Christina Wunder – Tel.: + 32 229 92256)