Over 780 million people do not have access to safe drinking and more than 2.5 billion people are still without adequate sanitation, according to UN estimations.
On 22 March UN world water day is celebrated. This year, the date is dedicated to 'water cooperation'.
On Wednesday 20 March the UK Chancellor announced as part of his budget speech that the UK will meet its commitment to spend 0.7% of gross national income this year on aid, CONCORD informs. This means that the UK will become the 6th donor to reach the target, and the only country from the G8 group to do so.
Development Committee MEPs backed the second revision of the EU's Cotonou partnership agreement with African, Caribbean and Pacific states in a vote on Tuesday 19 March (adopted unanimously with 24 votes), but voiced strong reservations about its lack of binding human rights clauses, making recommendations for the third revision taking place in 2015.
The previous European Parliament Development committee which took places between 18 and 19 February expressed its regret for the cut of 11% of the European Development Fund (EDF), compared to the commission’s earlier proposals, after the deal for the overall EU budget for 2014-2020 was struck on 8th of February.
An additional support of €33 million will be provided to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) by the EU, according to a decision taken on Tuesday 19 March.
A new policy, which aims to improve the nutrition of mothers and children in order to reduce mortality and diseases, was launched Wednesday March 13.
The new policy is set out in the Communication “Enhancing Maternal and Child Nutrition in external assistance: an EU policy framework”, and aims to reduce the number of children under five years of age who are stunted (with a low height for their age and impaired mental development) by at least 10% (7 million) by 2025.
If it is to avoid a further loss of global influence, the EU must use its existing foreign policy tools much more efficiently and it must devise a new security strategy, said MEPs during the last PE committee on development cooperation and external relations, hold on 21 February in Brussels.
The two challenges of eradicating poverty and ensuring a sustainable development are interlinked in the communication "A Decent Life for All: Ending Poverty and Giving the World a Sustainable Future", presented Wednesday 27 February by the European Commission. This is the common position of the EU on the follow up to Rio+20 and to the UN Millennium Development Goals.
The European Union put together a common strategy for the development needs in Mali during a coordination meeting of EU development ministers, attended also by Tieman Hubert Coulibaly, the Malian Minister of Foreign Affairs.