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Monday, 21 August 2017
European research funding has been set aside for a huge consortium of partners who will develop new sustainability impact assessment tools for the forestry and forest-based sector, reports the lead partner, the Swedish Forestry Research Institute (Skogforsk).
Forest-based industries (FBI) provide direct employment and income for up to 3 million people in the European Union and account for close to 10% of the manufacturing industry's total production and value-added, according the European Commission’s FBI website. The EU forestry sector’s clients are mostly small and medium-sized local and national enterprises. Wealth creation through FBI is significantly above industry averages, the site adds.
This underscores the importance of making the sector efficient and environmentally sustainable. But to ensure this is the case in Europe, cutting edge research is critical. Research funding schemes, such as the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6), provide a platform and the right momentum for researchers and a bevy of different stakeholders to collaborate on major projects of value to Europe’s bottom line.
Five church leaders from Latin American, Africa and India are touring European capitals to meet officials and challenge G8 governments to increase their efforts towards the MDGs. Cardinals Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradia from Honduras and Telesphore Toppo from India, and Archbishops Berhaneyesus Souraphiel from Ethiopia, Medardo Joseph Mazombwe from Zambia and John Onaiyekan from Nigeria started a 7-day tour in Berlin on Monday with a meeting with Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder. In a follow up, a declaration was released, in partnership with European church groups, to put pressure on the world’s richest countries to take urgent action to eradicate poverty by 2015 under the MDGs framework.
The group is meeting UK Finance Minister Gordon Brown and French authorities, before a meeting with José Manuel Barroso, European Commissioner, on Monday, in Brussels. A press conference is scheduled to happen in Brussels on Monday, 30th, in the morning.
the world. The newly approved funding of EUR 660,000 is for the two-year FLOSSWorld project, Europe's first initiative to support international research and policy development on 'free/libre/open source software'.
FLOSSWorld is coordinated by the Maastricht Economic Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (MERIT) at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands. The grant will be shared by countries including Argentina, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Croatia, India, Malaysia and South Africa.
The research will focus on three areas: the impact of free and open-source software on skills development and its ability to affect economics and generate employment; regional differences in software development; and attitudes of governments and public sector organisations to using open source
Alliance 2015 second report, launched last week, provides a comparative assessment of progresses made by Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands and Czech Republic towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). It is published alongside the release of the European Commission (EC) report on MDGs. The report contains six country chapters and one chapter exclusively dedicated to the EC aid programme. 2015- Watch methodology is based on the quality of donors’ development aid and their policy processes. To assess each country’s policy processes, the report analyses their:
- Legal and financial framework
- Budget allocations
- Procedures for programming and implementation
- Monitoring and evaluation of aid impact
2015-Watch main findings go beyond ranking levels of aid and which countries are performing better. On EU legal framework, it highlights that poverty eradication is identified as a primary objective for the Union’s development co-operation in the Constitutional Treaty. It also identifies which and how the 6 countries have framed the MDGs into their development policies, how this impacts their ODA budget allocation and the criteria being used to monitor its effectiveness. See full report attached.
Alliance2015 is a partnership of six like-minded non-government organizations working in the field of development cooperation. The Alliance members are Cesvi from Italy, Concern from Ireland, Deutsche Welthungerhilfe from Germany, Hivos from the Netherlands, Ibis from Denmark and, since November 2003, People in Need from the Czech Republic.
Saturday, 28 May 2005
Some of the conclusions of the EU external relations Council held in Brussels 24 May 2005 include:
Accelerating progress towards achieving the millenium development goals
The EU considers the development of Africa a priority and will strengthen its efforts tosupport African countries to reach the Millenium Development Goals (MDG). The EU will also strengthen its cooperation with the UN and other international partners to that end.
The EU will increase its financial assistance for Sub-Saharan Africa and will provide collectively at least 50% of the agreed increase of ODA resources to the continent while fully respecting individual Member States priorities’ in development assistance. All measures taken as regards policy coherence and quality of aid will be applicable to Sub-Saharan Africa as a priority.
The EU will increase its support to the capacity building of the African Union. It will support the implementation of reforms that the Africa Peer Review Mechanism will trigger, and invites the Commission to provide concrete proposals in this respect in order to ensure optimal EU coordination.The EU, in partnership with other donors, proposes to establish a Europe-Africa partnership on infrastructure, based on the AU/NEPAD strategies, including to support the establishment of sustainable trans-African networks essential for the interconnectivity of the continent.
Focussing on trade and regional integration as instruments for development, the Council remains committed to ensure that the EPA process is firmly focuses on accelerating development including the strengthening of the supply side capacity and competitiveness,