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Friday, 10 June 2011

Development cooperation: EU and US join forces on global health

On Monday, 13 June, European Commissioner Andris Piebalgs and USAID Administrator Dr Rajiv Shah will meet in London as part of the EU-US Development Dialogue which has been resumed last year. The EU and the US, the world's two largest aid donors will intensify their cooperation on global health, climate change, food security and aid effectiveness. Responsible for a total of 90 percent of official development assistance in the area of health, they are expected to agree on setting up a task force of health experts to explore options of future joint work within the framework of the EU's policy on Global Health and the US Global Health Initiative. Ahead of the meeting, Commissioner Piebalgs said: "The EU and the US represent 80% of global aid. Our cooperation on strategic areas can make a real difference. The EU-US Development Dialogue is an excellent forum for debate and cooperation in development aid and we need to use it to its full potential. Our work on health is particularly pertinent. Maternal and infant health are still among the most off-track Millennium Development Goals, which reflects the weakness of many health systems and their need for support ". At their meeting, Commissioner Piebalgs and USAID Administrator Shah will also discuss the EU-US work plan on aid effectiveness and how it can contribute at the outcome of the 4th High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan which will take in November 2011. EU-US will focus on transparency, accountability and the division of labour which are preconditions for a stronger impact and legitimacy of development aid. They two parties will further review the progress made in the enhanced cooperation on food security and climate change, which envisages joint work in a number of pilot partner countries. Finally, EU and US partners will have an exchange of views on how to advance their dialogue and cooperation on security and development issues.

Source: European Commission