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Thursday, 13 December 2018
CIDSE press communiqué on outcome of UN World Summit, 16 September 2005
The World Summit fell far short of expectations but we cannot simply write it off.
'Judging from its outcome, it is merely a reiteration of old promises. But alongside the agreed bottom line, individual member states have lined up in a kind of beauty contest to set out their own initiatives and commitments to international co-operation,' observed Paul Chitnis, President of CIDSE. 'The 350,000 citizens who have participated in the CIDSE postcard campaign and the millions involved in the Global Call to Action against Poverty will hold their governments accountable to these commitments. They will challenge them to finally translate all their long made promises into action.

The first test will be the Annual Meetings of the International Financial Institutions next week when the modalities of the July G8 Summit's decision to cancel the debts of 18 highly indebted countries will be hammered out. While debt relief was strongly endorsed by the World Summit, many governments of rich countries are in fact attempting to undermine the decision on debt cancellation. 'Rich countries cannot afford to go back on this decision', Chitnis said. 'It will not only put their leadership in question but will come at a high cost for those to whom every dollar spent in paying off their countries' debts is a dollar less to spend on food, education and fighting diseases.'
Viewing the challenge at a larger level, he observed, 'Multilateralism was gravely compromised in the final preparatory phase of the Summit when some countries held the success of the summit hostage to their own interests. It is urgently necessary for world leaders to address this breakdown and prove their commitment to a global partnership for development and renewal.'
'The Millennium Development Goals, which were developed to tackle the most urgent crises including the lack of food security, inequitable distribution of resources and debt, demand global action. A strong United Nations is crucial in this endeavor,' he ended.
The 10th session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly will take place in Edinburgh ( United Kingdom) from 19 to 24 November 2005.
The JPA will deal with major issues related to the ACP-EU partnership and will adopt the following reports:
- The role of National Parliaments in implementing the Cotonou Partnership Agreement. Mr Mauro Zani and Mr Abubakar Bawa Bwari ( Nigeria), the Co-Rapporteurs, are putting forward concrete suggestions to increase the control of parliaments in ACP countries in the planning and use of development aid money;
- Agricultural and mining commodities. This report, drafted by Mr Louis-Claude Nyassa ( Cameroon) and Mr Nirj Deva, raised the question of how ACP countries could better benefit from their resources, in particular in the context of the negotiation of the Economic Partnership Agreements and the WTO negotiations, one month before the Hong Kong Summit;
- Finally, Mr Barry Faure ( Seychelles) and Ms Fiona Hall will present a report on the causes and consequences of natural disasters, a topic more acute than ever. They insist on a policy of early warning and prevention, including the reduction of CO2 emissions. They also express themselves in favour of a facility for natural catastrophies.
Beyond the reports, the JPA will discuss urgency topics such as the situation in West Africa and the registration, the evaluation and the authorisation of chemical substances (REACH).
The JPA will also hear and debate with the Presidency of the ACP-EU Joint Council, namely Minister Hilary Benn (U.K.) and Olivier Andrianarison (Madagascar), as well as with Commissioner Louis Michel.
The European Commission has today set out the details of its proposal for a new programme to fund research and development from 2007 to 2013. The Specific Programmes proposed by the Commission put into effect the broad outline proposed by the Commission in April 2005, known as the Seventh Framework Programme, composed of 4 main elements: Co-operation, Ideas, People and Capacities. These will be discussed with the European Parliament, before being decided by the Council.
The four major Specific Programmes proposed today are:
- Co-operation: The Cooperation programme is designed to gain leadership in key scientific and technological areas by supporting cooperation between universities, industry, research centres and public authorities across the European Union as well as the rest of the world.
- Ideas: The Ideas programme will establish a European Research Council, a pan-European mechanism to support the truly creative scientists, engineers and scholars.
- People: The People programme looks to strengthen the human resources available to science and research across Europe, both qualitatively and quantitatively.
- Capacities: The Capacities specific programme will enhance research and innovation capacity throughout Europe. This includes elements such as new research infrastructure, support for small and medium-sized companies, developing ‘regions of knowledge’...
Wednesday, 21 September 2005
The Council adopted by qualified majority a decision approving the conclusion of an agreement concerning the provisional application of the protocol setting out the fishing opportunities and financial contribution provided for in the agreement between the EU and the Comoros on fishing off the Comoros for the years 2005 to 2010.
The French, Spanish and Portuguese delegations abstained. The new protocol was initialled in November 2004 in order to ensure uninterrupted fishing
activities by Community vessels in the Comorian fishing zone. It will be applicable retroactively from 1 January 2005.
The fishing opportunities set out in the protocol are allocated for tuna seiners (40 vessels from
Spain, France and Italy) and surface longliners (17 vessels from Spain and Portugal).
The EU will pay a financial contribution of EUR 2 340 000 for the whole six years period. The agreement will cover an annual catch of 6000 tonnes of tuna in Comorian waters.
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How can the EU and its Member States do more to combat poverty and social exclusion? The Women's Rights Committee gave its view on how to deal with this problem as it affects women in particular, when it adopted an own-initiative report by Anna Záborská (EPP-ED, SK) on Thursday.
MEPs emphasise that "poverty has various manifestations" and that "new forms of poverty and marginalisation exist". Poverty is not only about lack of income, it can also be related to ill-health, limited or non-existent access to education, unsafe environments and social discrimination and exclusion. A job is not in itself enough protection against extreme poverty. MEPs call on Member States to take targeted action to ensure that disadvantaged women have access to housing, public health and education. They also draw attention to serious consequences of poverty, stressing that extreme poverty situations are "conducive to trafficking in women, to prostitution and to violence".
The committee argues that "extreme poverty is more prevalent among women", saying that in seventeen of the Member States the risk of extreme poverty amongst women greatly exceeds the risk of extreme poverty amongst men. The majority of single-parent families, who run a greater risk of falling into poverty, are headed by a woman. A study of six EU Member States showed that female-headed households earn between 9% and 26% less than their male counterparts, the biggest disparity being in the UK (26%), followed by Sweden (14%), France (12%), the Netherlands (11%), Germany (10%) and Italy (9%). Moreover, the wage gap between men and women in Europe is still on average between 16% and 33%. More working women (30%) than men (6.6%) have a part-time job - a choice often forced upon women by a lack of affordable childcare facilities. In view of all this, MEPs call on the Member States to take practical steps to address pay differentials and promote working conditions that will enable both women and men to participate fully in the labour market.

The report is on the agenda for the plenary session of 12-13 October and thus gives the full Parliament a timely opportunity to discuss ways of tackling poverty a few days before World Day to Overcome Extreme Poverty (17 October).
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