Press release 258/2013
11 December 2013
Minister for International Development Pekka Haavisto will participate in the meeting of EU ministers for development cooperation, to take place in Brussels on 12 December. The main topics of the meeting are the post-2015 agenda for sustainable development and poverty eradication and their financing, the implementation of the EU’s renewed development policy (the Agenda for Change), and policy coherence for development. Minister Haavisto will highlight the humanitarian situation in Sudan under the agenda item ‘Any other business’.
The existing UN Millennium Development Goals expire in 2015. The ministers for development cooperation will discuss the time both before and after the year 2015: urgent measures to achieve the existing Millennium Development Goals as well as preparation of the post-2015 development goals and their financing. Finland considers that the EU should commit to the development of a single, integrated framework for the financing of sustainable development that encompasses both the completion of the Millennium Development Goals and the new post-2015 development goals. The EU should support the work of the UN Sustainable Development Financing Committee in this process.
The agenda of the ministerial meeting also includes the ongoing planning of the EU’s development cooperation for the years 2014–2020. This work is guided by the renewed development policy, the Agenda for Change, adopted in spring 2012. It emphasizes a human rights based approach to development, the effectiveness of development assistance and support for inclusive green economy of growth. Finland also considers important the commitment to concentrate cooperation on the least developed countries and on up to three sectors in each country.
The ministers will also discuss EU’s report on policy coherence for development. The report reviews the activities of the EU and its Member States with regard to the development impact on partner countries, particularly in terms of trade, agriculture, security and migration. Finland has taken initiative in promoting policy coherence for development by advocating for more systematic handling of policy coherence for development in Foreign Affairs Council (DEV) meetings.
In addition, the ministers will discuss the humanitarian situation in Syria, Burma/Myanmar, as well as the Great Lakes region of Africa.
Additional information: Milma Kettunen, Press Attaché to the Minister for International Development, tel. +358 295 350 921; Counsellor Sini Paukkunen, Unit for General Development Policy and Planning, tel. +358 295 351 855