Sommaire: 3 September 2010, Brussels - World leaders will gather in New York from 20 to 22 September to negotiate the way forward in attaining the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015, the main goal being to eradicate extreme poverty. European Commission President José Manuel Barroso, Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs and Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response Kristalina Georgieva will attend the High Level Meeting.
The EU is firmly committed to support the achievement of the MDGs globally by 2015. This is still possible, if all partners demonstrate strong political commitment, implement necessary policy changes and take concrete action. Progress has been uneven across the MDGs and across regions, as well as between and within countries. Good progress has been made on some MDGs, such as access to primary education. Others (e.g., child and maternal mortality, sanitation) remain off track and should now
be prioritised. Efforts should focus on regions and countries that lag behind the most. Countries in situations of conflict and fragility need special attention. And from the developing countries' side it is about more ownership and leadership, notably by incorporating the MDGs into national development strategies.
The EU remains convinced that the MDGs are interlinked, mutually dependent and reinforcing and therefore require a holistic, rights-based approach which takes into account local contexts. The European position is that MDGs are interdependent with human rights, gender equality, democracy, good governance, development, peace and security, as well as climate and energy.
The eight Millennium Development Goals adopted by world leaders in 2000 and set to be achieved by 2015, set quantitative benchmarks for, among other things, the reduction of poverty and hunger, child and maternal mortality and the fight against HIV/AIDS as well as other diseases. They further formulate goals for primary education, employment, gender equality and environmental sustainability.
As part of MDGs, the EU has committed to increase spending on official development assistance (ODA) to 0.7% of Gross National Income (GNI) by 2015. Since 2000, Europe has doubled its aid to developing countries. In 2009, the EU aid level was €49bn. This corresponds to 0.42% of EU GNI. While the EU remains the most generous global donor, providing more than half of development aid, it missed the collective EU intermediate target of 0,56% ODA/GNI for 2010.
On 21 April the European Commission adopted an ambitious twelve-point plan for EU action to speed up progress on the Millennium Development Goals. The document was broadly welcomed by the Foreign Ministers Council in June.
Technical briefing in the Berlaymont Press Room (date and time to be confirmed)
Press conferences and briefings in New York (date and time to be confirmed)
• EbS will accompany President Barroso, Commissioner Piebalgs and Commissioner Georgieva to New York
The Action Plan of the Commission in support of the Millennium Development Goals:
Website of President Barroso:
Website of DG Development:
Website of Commissioner Piebalgs:
Website of Commissioner Georgieva: