MEPs support sustainable development goals through plan on poverty
The European Parliament today voted in favour of a well-rounded development strategy which addresses the many root causes of poverty.
“Prosperity and well-being go hand in hand with a clean and healthy natural world. MEPs have have shown today that they understand this”, said Sally Nicholson, Head of Development Policy and Finance at WWF European Policy Office.
“From the environment to equality, every aspect of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda plays a role in ending poverty. We hope that this sustainable thinking will now be applied to other EU policy areas.”
The Parliament’s report on the European Consensus for Development also refers to the EU’s commitment to mobilise resources for climate action in developing countries. A healthy environment and a stable climate can help eradicate poverty in many ways:
- The sustainable management of oceans contributes to food security and secures coastal livelihoods.
- On the other hand, the depletion of natural resources and environmental degradation impacts on agricultural productivity and undermines economic opportunities
- Climate change is already impacting water distribution and availability, biodiversity and ecosystems, and thus people’s livelihoods, and well-being.
“The EU needs to look at the full supply chain and see how production and consumption can be made better and more sustainable. Through development cooperation, one way to do this is by scaling up support for sustainable consumption programmes such as Switch Asia, Switch Africa and Switch Med.”
The EU Foreign Affairs Council is expected to adopt conclusions on the revision of the Development Consensus in May 2017.
Head of Development Policy and Finance, WWF European Policy Office
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