The Irish Presidency together with the EU High Representative on Foreign Affairs and Security Policy will host an Informal Meeting of EU Development Ministers on February 11 and 12 in Dublin Castle. The Informal meeting provides an opportunity for substantive discussion on major development and humanitarian issues by EU Development Ministers.
The meeting comes at a critical time in the international development agenda in advance of the 2013 UN Special Event on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and as work begins to shape the framework for international development after 2015, the target date for the MDGs.
Ireland’s contribution to international development is central to its foreign policy, with a strong focus on the fight against poverty and hunger and the promotion of peace, justice and respect for human rights. These are also the values on which the Union was built and they underpin the EU’s role as a global actor.
The EU and its Member States provide more than half of total global development assistance. While this support saves lives, empowers people and communities in developing countries and helps build the institutions of democratic societies, the Union constantly strives to ensure that our financial assistance is as effective as possible in transforming the lives of poor people in developing countries.
EU Development Ministers will also meet at the Development segment of the Foreign Affairs Council in May 2013.
12.02.2013, 10:22 GMT
20130212 Development Informal - Tour de Table (L to R) Commissioners A.Piebalgs (Development) K.Georgieva (International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid & Crisis Response) & J.Potočnik (Environment)
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20130212 Development Informal - Tour De Table, Ministers Lúis Pereira, Dirk Niebel and Heidi Hautala
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20130212 Development Informal - Tour De Table, Minister Costello and Commissioner Potočnik