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Event: Putting the Sustainable Development Goals at the heart of Development Cooperation – the new European Consensus on Development

July 17 from 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Putting the Sustainable Development Goals at the heart of Development Cooperation:

The new European Consensus on Development

In June 2017, the European Union Institutions and Member States adopted a new European Consensus on Development, a framework for EU development policy fully aligned to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This side event will discuss its implementation as a contribution to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals globally, and the specific ways in which it will reinforce the EU’s cooperation with partner countries, the United Nations system, International Financial Institutions, civil society and the private sector.

 The side event will be opened by Neven Mimica, European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, and moderated by Dr Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute, Columbia University.

The discussion will feature distinguished speakers , including Alexander De Croo, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation of Belgium; Yinager Dessie, Minister, National Planning Commission of Ethiopia (tbc); Linda McAvan, Member of European Parliament and Chair of the Committee on Development; and Mahmoud Mohieldin, World Bank Senior Vice President for the 2030 Agenda.

The European Consensus on Development provides a common approach and plan of action that will henceforth frame all development cooperation activities by the EU Institutions and Member States. Being the first trading partners for developing countries and providing more than half of global Official Development Assistance, the EU and its Member States are key actors for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda worldwide.

Through this new development policy framework, the EU  and its Member States respond to the 2030 Agenda, taking full account of global trends and challenges, and underlining their  commitment to the achievement of the SDGs. Strengthened and more effective partnerships with countries at different stages of development and with a broader range of stakeholders are at the heart of this new approach, placing emphasis on cross-cutting elements that can have a transformative impact across all SDGs, such as youth; gender equality; good governance; mobility and migration; sustainable energy and climate change; and innovative investments.

This side event will thus contribute to this year’s HLPF, which will focus on “Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world”, by allowing for a frank exchange of views on the main challenges and opportunities for the international community in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, and on the role that the European Union can play in addressing them.

To attend the event, please RSVP to (no later than 12 July if you need a special pass to access the UN).

Refreshments will be offered


July 17
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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