EU must be a global leader on development, PES ministers reaffirm
Europe must live up to its potential as a driving force for a more just, equal and stable world. This was the conclusion as PES ministers for development met by videoconference today with European Commissioner for International Partnerships, Jutta Urpilainen.
The progressive development Ministers exchanged views on linking debt relief and investments to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), promoting gender equality in all external action, and the post-Cotonou agreement.
On behalf of the Party of European Socialists, PES Deputy Secretary General Giacomo Filibeck welcomed the progressive development ministers. He said:
“The world continues to face many challenges. Climate change, the COVID-19 pandemic, poverty, inequality – and in particular gender equality – must all be addressed. These are collective tests which humanity much overcome together, and we socialists and democrats are determined to ensure that the EU is a constructive partner in this fight.
“The PES believes Europe can, and must, live up to its potential as a force for sustainability, human rights and stability across the world. We strongly welcome the efforts of Commissioner Urpilainen, who is leading the process at the EU level to make this a reality.”
The meeting backed supporting the world’s poorest countries with investment and debt relief, so every nation can achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and effectively tackle - and recovery from - the COVID-19 crisis. Ministers also supported efforts by the Commission to ensure development policy is a vehicle to empower women worldwide and to address systemic gender inequalities. And the meeting also reaffirmed the need to continue building a strong partnership between Europe and Africa.
The meeting was attended by:
- Meryame Kitir, Minister for Development Cooperation, Belgium
- Tomáš Petříček, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Czech Republic
- Ville Skinnari, Minister of Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade, Finland
- Franz Fayot, Minister of Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs and Minister of the Economy, Luxembourg
- Evarist Bartolo, Minister for Foreign and European Affairs, Malta
- Angeles Moreno Bau, Secretary of State for International Cooperation, to the EU Ministers of Development, Spain
- Jutta Urpilainen, European Commissioner for International Partnerships, European Commission
- Giacomo Filibeck, Deputy Secretary General, PES