Development questions have been top of the European Union agenda for most of 2015 – and the focus is set to become even stronger. As a leading development actor and a major market for emerging nations, the EU has an important role to play in helping to forge a new global partnership for development. The EU will also be pivotal in the implementation of the much-awaited post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be adopted by the United Nations in its session from September 25-27. But what could the EU be doing better? Can Europe play a stronger role in forging a new global partnership for development? Given the long list of SDGs, which of the goals, including gender equality, should the EU focus on? What are the key results of the Conference on Financing for Development held in Addis Ababa and will there be enough money to finance the SDGs? What should be the key elements of a new EU development policy?
This policy insight draws on the recommendations included in the policy paper on a “New Development Policy for Europe: Doing more, doing better” published by the Development Policy Forum, set up by Friends of Europe and leading development partners. The paper includes contributions from several key development actors on their vision and views of European development policy, its successes and shortcomings and their recommendations for a new European strategy for dealing with some of the key development issues of the 21st Century. These commentaries have also been published on the website of Friends of Europe.
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12.30 – 14.00 Policy Insight
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