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The EU is still optimistic about achieving the MDGs by 2015

Published 11th August 2010 - 6 comments - 4097 views -

The European Union Ministers of Foreign Affairs still believe that it is possible to achieve the Millennium Development Goals by 2015, according to a document released in June in the foreword of the United Nations High Level Meeting.

The document which includes the Council conclusions on the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) for the United Nations High-Level Plenary meeting in New York and beyond, states that the achievement of the MDGs is still possible, “if all partners in the international community demonstrate strong political commitment, implement necessary policy changes, and take concrete action.”

The next step to take, according to the document, is to prioritize the most off-track MDGs, especially in the regions of Sub-Saharan Africa and the Least Developed Countries.

During their meeting in June, the 27 Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the EU member states put together a list of concrete actions and policies to be taken. First, they made the point that the developing countries have primary responsibility towards achieving the MDGs, and that it should be done by incorporating those goals into national development strategies. Then, the EU Council of Foreign Ministers, among other issues, called the international community to place a specific focus on women in its development efforts in order to enhance their participation and empowerment.

For its side, the EU and its Member States commit themselves, in this document, to “pay special attention to countries most off-track, including those in situations of conflict and fragility”. Which are the countries most off-track? The European Commission will tell.

Beyond 2015, the EU representatives want to mandate the United Nations Secretary General to “launch a reflection process in order to build a broad-based, bottom-up, country-owned, and country-specific development agenda beyond 2015.

The complete document can be found at

Will we manage to solve most of the issues of the world’s poor in the next 4-5 years, after struggling with an economic crisis, unemployment, uncertainty, and social unrest at home? Should the optimistic rhetoric stop now or continue for a few more years? What do you think?


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  • Iwona Frydryszak on 11th August 2010:

    It will need a little bit time to anwser your questions as first we need to read this documents, as well as A twelve-point EU action plan in support of the Millennium Development Goals, which on the begging they refer to… so many documents are written about MDG…

  • Carmen Paun on 11th August 2010:

    Yes, we can wait and see, but maybe a miracle would make happen in 5 years what has been not even half done in 10 years.

  • Helena Goldon on 12th August 2010:

    Love the idea they want to enhance women’s participation and empowerment.Carmen, have you seen this:

    Very powerful facts there:
    “A woman or girl will reinvest 90% of her income into her family. A man will reinvest 30-40%” or “for every development dollar spent, girls receive less than two cents”.

  • Hussam Hussein on 12th August 2010:

    To answer your question: I prefer a position such the one of the EU that still believes that yes it is still possible to achieve the MDGs and invest in this way, instead of someone else position that would say: ok, it is not possible to make it. So let’s not even try to go in that direction.

  • Iwona Frydryszak on 12th August 2010:

    I think it is not so easy - we will achive, we will not achive that message isn’t really to us. I think it’s all about politiciants and EU is aware that we can reach MDGs only with ful comitment of goverments -both in North and South. I see the aim in publishing such a documents in encouraging CSOs and goverments for lobbing each others.

  • Giedre Steikunaite on 12th August 2010:

    “The European Union Ministers of Foreign Affairs still believe that it is possible to achieve the Millennium Development Goals by 2015.” Well what else can they say? If they really believe it or not, that’s a question to their conscience. What they say officially is another thing. What I really don’t like is people who are responsible for actually making the situation better say things like “if…blah blah blah..if..then..”. Well do it, then, no ifs please! 

    Sorry I may sound a bit rude.. But how come they got to a point in which they’re forced to say “the MDGs are still achievable, if..” - they had to get things right in the first place, ten years ago!

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