The European Union Delegation to Liberia has announced that the EU Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs will take part in the second UN High Level Meeting on the post-Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) agenda beyond 2015, which is ongoing in the Liberian Capital, Monrovia.
His participation in the meeting followed his appointment last year as member of the UN High Level Panel, which is co-chaired by David Cameron, UK Prime Minister, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, President of Liberia, and Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, President of Indonesia.
In a press release, Commissioner Piebalgs is quoted as saying that: "The Millennium Development Goals have been instrumental in mobilizing the international community towards key targets to fight poverty." He added that: "As the 2015 deadline is fast approaching, we need to propose a new vision for the world to address key challenges ahead such as poverty, inequality or sustainable development.
The EU will remain at the forefront of this process and I hope to see post-2015 agenda more comprehensive and inclusive. This has to be an agenda that focuses on providing decent life for all people by 2030, irrespective of where they live." The EU Development Commissioner also emphasized that [the]: "Fight against poverty and ensuring a sustainable future for the world remain guiding principles for me and I believe we can end extreme poverty within one generation. I trust that this new framework will pave the way to empowering people so that they can lift themselves out of poverty once and for all."
The High Level Panel was set up by UN Secretary General to advice on the nature of the post-2015 development framework - the successor to the MDGs - taking into consideration new global challenges and reflecting on the experience gained in implementing the MDGs so far.
The Monrovia meeting is also being attended by the 26-member advisory panel that includes representatives from the UN organizations, governments, private sector and civil society. The meeting is focusing on the lessons learnt from the implementation of the current set of MDGs and would further elaborate on the principles and main elements of a post-2015 agenda. This will bring the panel one step closer to finalizing the report, which is to be submitted to UN's Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon by the end of May 2013.
The MDGs, globally agreed in 2000, set out a series of time-bound targets to reduce extreme poverty. After several stock takes throughout recent years, the United Nations will carry out a further in-depth review of progress towards the MDGs in 2013 and will start to look towards a development framework post-2015.
The European Commission is working to develop its contribution to this international process. The EU is the world's largest aid donor, providing more than half of all development aid. The Commission contributes a high share of total aid through programs promoting the MDGs.
To give further guidance on how to respond to the universal challenges on poverty eradication and sustainable development beyond 2015, the Commission is also currently preparing a new communication, for publication in early 2013.