The EU and its Member States remain the largest provider of Official Development Assistance in the world. In 2016 collective EU development assistance increased for the fourth consecutive year – reaching EUR 75.5 billion. This is our highest ever level, and an increase of 11%, representing close to 60% of total global ODA efforts.
--EU Commissioner Mimica
EU Statement – United Nations Second Informal Thematic Session on Addressing Drivers of Migration: Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication
The EU and its MS recognize the positive contribution of migrants for inclusive growth and sustainable development and at the same time its complex challenges for host societies; our common objective is therefore to maximize the positive effects of migration on development, minimize its negative consequences and ultimately make migration a choice and not a necessity.
--Ambassador Vale de Almeida
18 May 2017, Brussels – Today at the UN headquarters in New York, the European Union triggered the entry into force of the global treaty aimed at reducing exposure to mercury. The ratification of the Minamata Convention on Mercury, confirms Europe’s leading role to protect citizens’ health and the environment around the world.
We need a strong European Union like never before. It is what our citizens deserve and what the wider world expects. The European project which has brought unprecedented peace, prosperity and democracy is being questioned. Yet these are also times of extraordinary opportunity. Global Growth, mobility, and technological progress – alongside our deepening partnerships- enable us to thrive, and allow ever more people to escape poverty and live longer and freer lives.