High Representative Federica Mogherini today chairs a meeting of EU development ministers, who will also welcome Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations, Amina Mohammed, and are expected to approve the European Consensus on Development.
“The European Union is, stays and will continue to stay, the first partner for the United Nations, the first humanitarian donor, the first provider of development aid and a strong supporter of the Sustainable Development Goals Agenda, the Agenda 2030, and in general terms – in more broader terms – of the UN system and the multilateral agenda that is sometimes put into question in these recent months,” Mogherini told the media ahead of the meeting.
She explained that investing in development, investing in sustainable development, investing in the fight against climate change, in human rights, is an essential part of the EU’s security and foreign policy.
“We see this as an investment in our own security and prosperity – and this is what we share, I believe, with the entire UN system. This is why the European Union is and will continue to be a reliable, strong, committed partner for the entire international community on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, on the implementation of the Climate Change and the Paris Agreement, and also on the peacekeeping and a conflict prevention agenda of the UN.”
The European Consensus on Development is a new way of looking at development that adjusts to the changes in the international agenda in recent years.“So, we move from a traditional approach of donor-recipient to a partnership approach in which we do things with our partners to cover all different set of fields. It is still mainly about poverty eradication and reduction but it is also covering many other fields that affect directly the living conditions of the people on the ground,” the High Representative said.