The Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica participates today in this year's United Nations High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (link is external) to reaffirm Europe's global leadership in fighting poverty and supporting sustainable development.
Commissioner Mimica will present to the international community the EU's new joint approach to development cooperation, the European Consensus on Development, a major step for implementing the universal 2030 Agenda.
To this end, the European Union is committed to reinforcing cooperation with partner countries, the United Nations system, International Financial Institutions, civil society and the private sector.
Commissioner Mimica commented: "The European Union and its Member States are determined to play a leading role in implementing the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals and eradicating poverty worldwide. Our new Consensus on Development lays down how we will do that within our development policy, building on everything we have achieved during 60 years of development cooperation and promoting new, innovative and more effective types of partnerships. As the world's biggest donor of development assistance, we also want to be the best, and to bring about real change in people's lives."
The High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development is the central UN platform to monitor progress towards the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals.