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A common EU position on the MDGs must focus on human rights

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Thursday, 18 February 2010

A common EU position on the MDGs must focus on human rights

In a letter to the Spanish EU presidency, Amnesty International challenges the EU to adopt a common position ahead of the UN General Assembly in September, ensuring that human rights are at the core of any decision relating to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). As EU development ministers meet in Segovia, Spain on 17-18 February, Amnesty International hopes to see specific action when it comes to the establishment of an EU evaluation process where concrete strategies for actions in the MDG framework are ensured. The EU must also work to strengthen both national and international MDG efforts to meet and exceed the targets by ensuring consistency with international human rights standards. Despite the fact that significant steps have been made by the EU to develop tools for mainstreaming human rights into poverty reduction strategies, obvious gaps still exist between the recognition of the importance of human rights for development and the practical application of human rights in all MDG efforts. The lack of progress on MDG 5 to improve maternal mortality is an obvious example in which efforts to address the human rights violations associated with lack of access to maternal health care, including child marriage, FGM and lack of empowerment for women and girls, have been limited.

Source: Amnesty International