Today the Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, closed the 7th global meeting of the Policy Forum on Development (PFD) in Brussels.
The meeting assessed the progress made towards the 2030 Agenda in the light of the EU Joint Synthesis Report. Participants looked specifically at future ways of working, including under the new Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI) and using innovative financing that aims to increase private sector engagement. Part of the meeting was dedicated to a stocktaking of progress made on environmental commitments, given the leadership of the EU in this area.
The Policy Forum on Development is a multi-stakeholder platform that brings together more than 100 representatives from networks of civil society organisations, associations of local authorities, professional and business associations as well as European Union institutions and Member States.
Commissioner Mimica underlined the important role that all these actors play in the achievement of sustainable development for all: “These discussions are vital. Because this is where we see our Partnership in action. Where we come together as civil society, local authority associations, private sector representatives, and European institutions. Where we communicate and work together with the same goal in mind – a peaceful and prosperous planet for all people”.
He also assured the members of the PFD that the concerns of “local authorities and civil society will be heard loud and clear. In this direction, we will make sure that local authorities get the right amount of support under Europe’s future long-term budget.”
In this direction, the Commissioner outlined how civil society consultation will be vital throughout the programming and implementation phase of the next long-term budget for EU external action. The EU work with regional partners will continue in different directions, included the fight to end all forms of violence against women and girls, support to human rights and gender equality worldwide and upholding strong commitments in the area of environment.
Launched in 2013, the Policy Forum on Development (PFD) is a dialogue platform that brings together civil society, local authorities, EU Member States and institutions to discuss and strengthen EU development policy. Co-chaired by the Director-General for International Cooperation and Development, Stefano Manservisi, it is an example of how the EU supports and engages in multi-stakeholder partnerships to meet its development aims.
Since the inception of the PFD, the international community has agreed to the 2030 Agenda and the EU has issued a new European Consensus on 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.