European Consensus on Development

European Consensus on Development

The European Consensus on Development is a shared vision and framework for action for development cooperation for the European Union (EU) and its Member States. It is a blueprint which aligns the Union's development policy with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

This new, ambitious collective European development policy addresses in an integrated manner the main focus points of the 2030 Agenda: people, planet, prosperity, peace, and partnership. The new Consensus contributes to the objectives and principles of EU external action as laid down in the Lisbon Treaty, and supports the Global Strategy on the EU's Foreign and Security Policy presented in June 2016 by the High Representative. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be a cross-cutting dimension for the implementation of the EU's Global Strategy.

Poverty eradication remains the primary objective of development policy under the new Consensus.

At the same time, it integrates the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development. It also underlines the links between development and other policies, including peace and security, humanitarian aid, migration, the environment and climate change.

The new Consensus reaffirms our commitment to a rules-based global order, with multilateralism and the United Nations at its core. Given the strong link with climate action, through the new Consensus we are also giving a timely political signal to reaffirm our strong commitment to implement the Paris Agreement.

The Consensus highlights important cross-cutting elements such as: youth; gender equality; mobility and migration; sustainable energy and climate change; investment and trade; good governance, democracy, the rule of law and human rights; innovative engagement with more advanced developing countries; and mobilising and using domestic resources.  Given the interlinkages between the SDGs, the Commission will pay particular attention to actions that meet multiple goals in a coherent way.

The Consensus takes a comprehensive approach to implementation, drawing on the framework agreed through the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, combining aid with other resources, with sound policies and a strengthened approach to Policy Coherence for Development. It includes a more coordinated EU and Member States approach to development, promoting joint programming and joint actions. It puts emphasis on better-tailored partnerships with a broader range of stakeholders and partner countries.


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