The European Commission has launched an open public consultation on the future of EU development policy to inform a future revision of the European Consensus on Development.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by the United Nations (UN) in September 2015, represents an ambitious new blueprint to tackle the global trends and challenges that have emerged since the adoption of the Millennium Declaration in 2000. The core of the 2030 Agenda is the set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and associated targets, which replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) from 2016, and run to 2030. Along with the other international summits and conferences over last year (in Sendai, Addis Ababa, and Paris) and recently at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul the international community has an ambitious new frame for all countries to work together on shared challenges. These fundamental changes in the global framework for sustainable development need to be reflected in EU development policy.
The Commission would like to gather views from a wide range of stakeholders on how EU development policy might respond to the 2030 Agenda, to other important related international commitments and key global trends, to help inform the development of a revised European Consensus on Development. An open, internet-based public consultation will run until 21 August 2016. All citizens and organisations are welcome to contribute to this consultation.
The revised Consensus should highlight the links with other areas of EU external action (including foreign and security policy, human rights, trade, research and innovation cooperation, crisis response and humanitarian aid), and the external aspects of relevant EU policies such as environmental policy, as well as the opportunities for enhancing consistency between them.
This initiative's main policy objective will be to put forward proposals to adapt and update the EU's development policy to reflect and respond to the 2030 Agenda, including by highlighting the necessary links with other policies. It will help to ensure coherence and consistency of actions at EU level and in our actions with partner countries, including through better coordination with Member States' policy responses to the new Agenda. Enhanced policy coherence for development will be a core element of the implementation process.
If you wish to participate in the public consultation process, you can do so by filling out this survey.
More information on the public consultation initiative can be found here.
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