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EU Presidency Statement - Interactive dialogue with President Lagos of Chile on the fight against poverty and hunger

Summary: July 20, 2004: Interactive dialogue with President Lagos of Chile on the fight against poverty and hunger. Statement read by Mr. Koen Davidse, Minister plenipotentiary, on behalf of the European Union (New York)

The EU welcomes this opportunity to discuss with you the issues of financing for development, and we welcome your commitment, Mr. President, to combating poverty and achieving social equity.

At the 2005 major event, with the participation of heads of state and government, we will reinvigorate our efforts to implement the Millennium Declaration, achieve the MDGs and fulfill the promise of our Monterrey partnership commitments. Already, it is clear that we face a very significant challenge in achieving the MDGs in sub Saharan Africa.

The integral implementation of the Monterrey Consensus will be crucial if we are to make the necessary progress. We expect that developing countries fulfill their part of the Monterrey commitments by achieving an enabling environment with good governance and optimal domestic resource mobilization.

The EU itself has a strong commitment to its own responsibilities under the Monterrey Consensus. Immediately before Monterrey, the EU Council adopted the “Barcelona commitments.” The European Commission reports annually and publicly on their implemention. We invite others to undertake similar reporting, while recognising the significance of the Monterrey Consensus for achieving the MDGs.

In addition, in order to achieve the MDGs, the EU looks forward to reviewing proposals for innovative financing with great interest, and will judge them on their merits, their practical feasibility, additionality, predictability and sustainability of financing they may provide. The EU welcomes the opportunity to study them thanks to the studies sponsored by Brazil, France, Chile, Spain, as well as other initiatives by EU member states, and the UN study requested in the Monterrey Consensus. These will help clarify the issues and map the opportunities. Our first priority, however, remain increased ODA and other steps agreed at Monterrey.

In closing, the enormous challenge of achieving the MDGs calls for a strong partnership between all development partners, on the basis of the Millennium Declaration, the Monterrey Consensus, the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation and the outcomes of the other major UN summits and conferences. And once again, we welcome your focus on these issues, Mr. President.

  • Ref: PRES04-215EN
  • EU source: EU Presidency
  • UN forum: Second Committee (Economic and Financial Affairs, Environment)
  • Date: 20/7/2004

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