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Marta 2016 10 26 12 00

Brussels, 26/10/2016 - The European Union has again failed to meet its commitment to spend 0.7% of Gross National Income on Development Aid by 2015. The CONCORD Aidwatch report 2016 published today, entitled ‘This is not enough’, reveals that only five countries met their 2015 targets: Denmark, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Sweden and United Kingdom. This means there is a ‘debt’ of €36.9billion in 2015 between what the EU has promised to developing countries and what it has delivered.

Marta 2014 10 03 12 00

The study looks at how successful EU13 CSOs have been within the last ten years in securing grants for implementing European development cooperation projects outside the EU through four thematic programmes of the Development Cooperation Instrument (NSA-LA - Actions in partner countries, Investing in People, Migration and Asylum and Environment, and Sustainable Management of Natural Resources including Energy) and the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights. The study was conducted on the basis of available information from the public EC database and an electronic survey distributed among EU13 development CSOs.

Marta 2014 06 16 12 00

Three Lithuanian NGOs – the Lithuanian NGDO Platform, the Baltic Environment Forum and the Sustainable Development Initiatives – joined the voices of the world civil society in support for a strong climate change reflection (including a separate goal) in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) framework.

Mariana 2014 01 13 12 00

As the world struggles to overcome the economic crisis, tax-related capital flight continues to redirect much-needed financial resources away from citizens and societies in some of the poorest countries of the global south. According to a comprehensive research conducted by the Tax Justice Network, the stash of wealth hidden away offshore is probably in the range of 16 to 25 trillion euros. These financial resources escaping taxation, whether held by individuals or shell companies, serving as vehicles for transactions without active business operations, are guarded by a wall of secrecy making them invisible to tax authorities and to the countries from which they originate.

Marta 2013 12 16 12 00

On 12 December 2013, the EU Development Cooperation (DC) Council under the Presidency of Lithuania discussed issues of development cooperation policy prepared by working groups during the last semester: principles of post-2015 agenda and its financing, and the Policy Coherence for Development (PCD). Being mandatory for EU institutions and member states, the Council’s conclusions lay the foundation for the EU’s attitude towards funding the development cooperation after 2015. They prescript a solid part of responsibility to developing states themselves and emphasize a more significant role of private sector in funding development.

Mariana 2013 12 13 12 00

As governments debate aspects of sustainable development agenda to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2015, the NGDO Platform have joined over 300 civil society organisations from all parts of the world demanding for the integration of the human rights into every aspect of the new framework (i.e. post-2015 agenda). The statement was presented to the Co-Chairs of the Open Working Group at the UN.

Marta 2013 10 17 12 00

European aid to poor countries is stalling two years ahead of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals deadline, with aid cut or stagnant in 19 member states reveals the new Concord AidWatch report published on October 17, the International Day for Poverty Eradication.

Marta 2013 09 18 12 00

CONCORD presents the report "Spotlight on Policy Coherence for Development 2013". The report looks at how some EU policies negatively affect developing countries in the areas of financing for development, food security, natural resources and climate change.

Mariana 2013 09 12 12 00

As the final negotiations on the Outcome Document of the Special Event on the MDGs and post-2015 agenda of 25 September kick off the member states of the UN must seize the moment to clearly lay out a legitimate and participatory roadmap to a single process of defining a single global development and sustainability agenda post 2015.

Mariana 2013 09 09 12 00

The European Union (EU) is a key actor in financing for development. It is home to many transnational companies and has a globally significant financial sector. It is the biggest provider of Official Development Assistance (ODA), and a major exporter and importer from the global south. Concord, Eurodad and CAN Europe propose 12 specific actions as an initial test of the EU’s ambition and credibility in the upcoming global negotiations on financing for development of a new global sustainable development framework including post-2015 development goals, the post-Rio sustainability goals, and climate change financing.

Marta 2013 07 10 12 00

Sectarian killing between Sunni and Shi’a has risen dramatically and presents an urgent threat to life across much of the Middle East and into Asia, says Minority Rights Group International (MRG) in the 2013 Peoples under Threat global ranking, which lists countries where communities are most at threat of genocide or mass killing. According to authoritative indicators factored into the Peoples under Threat analysis, Pakistan, Syria, Yemen and Egypt have all risen significantly in the table, with religious minorities at particular risk.

Marta 2013 05 12 12 00

The European Report on Development (ERD) 2013 "Post 2015: Global Action for an Inclusive and Sustainable Future" seeks to contribute to the global reflection on the post-2015 development agenda by providing independent research-based analysis, stimulating debate and building common ground among key stakeholders. Based on an assessment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) experience and on an analysis of the changing international context and likely trends for the next 20-30 years, the ERD 2013 attempts to identify key potential drivers of a global partnership for development post-2015, in order to tackle poverty in the poorest countries in an inclusive and sustainable manner. Three such drivers are highlighted: development finance, trade and investment, and migration.

Marta 2013 05 12 12 00

Human rights and a focus on the multidimensional scope of poverty should be at the centre of the agenda that replaces the Millennium Development Goals - due to expire in less than two years’ time - according to a new position from CONCORD’s Beyond 2015 European Taskforce (ETF). New report from CONCORD’s Beyond 2015 ETF was presented to the European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs, and the European Commissioner for the Environment Janez Potočnik on 2 May in Brussels.

Marta 2013 05 11 12 00

According to the data of OECD, development aid fell by 4% in real terms in 2012, following a 2% fall in 2011. The continuing financial crisis and euro zone turmoil has led several governments to tighten their budgets, which has had a direct impact on development aid. There is also a noticeable shift in aid allocations away from the poorest countries and towards middle-income countries. However, on the basis of the DAC Survey on Donors’ Forward Spending Plans, a moderate recovery in aid levels is expected in 2013.

Marta 2013 05 03 12 00

International development efforts are being undermined by the rising tide of legal restrictions, funding cuts and violence faced by civil society around the world, according to a new report from CIVICUS, the global civil society alliance. The new report - The State of Civil Society 2013 - catalogues the experiences of activists and non-governmental organisations across the world. It concludes that the optimism within civil society of 2012 has evaporated.

Marta 2013 04 03 12 00

In Bali (Indonesia) on March 25 – 27, 2013 the High Level Panel (HGL), which is part of the post-2015 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) initiative of the United Nations, formed to advance the development framework, discussed on partnership and cooperation for development. Meeting concentrated on strategies for implementation and opportunities to shape a global consensus of the new development agenda.

Marta 2013 02 28 12 00

As the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) come to an end in 2015 and the Rio+20 conference launched the process for the formulation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the European Commission acknowledges that both challenges must be tackled together through a joined up approach. The two challenges of eradicating poverty and ensuring a sustainable development are interlinked and the Communication "A Decent Life for All: Ending Poverty and Giving the World a Sustainable Future", presented by the European Commission (EC), proposes a global framework to address both issues, with a view to achieve an EU common position to feed the debate at the UN and worldwide.

Marta 2013 02 26 12 00

The Irish Association of Non-Governmental Development Organisations, Dochas, presents its recommendations for the Irish EU Presidency. To name a few- Dochas urges the EU leaders to ensure the full achievement of the MDGs, deliver tangible progress on the EU’s response to global hunger and malnutrition, ensure that EU articulates a vision beyond aid.

Marta 2013 01 17 12 00

2015 might be officially called European Year on Development Co-operation. Have your say how this year should like, which stakeholders should participate, how to measure the success. You will spend no more than 5 minutes responding and your opinion counts!

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