The European Commission has adopted on the 27th of February, a Communication on the post 2015 agenda called ”A decent life for all by 2030″ – Ending poverty and giving the world a sustainable future”.
You can find a link to the full document here. The communication is very much based on the result of the online EC consultation organised last year.
The text paintes a very general vision of the EC on the post-2015 agenda without going into concrete proposals. It states that the new framework must be universal, with limited goals for all countries, national targets respecting different contexts and measurable indicators. Special consideration should be given to the needs of fragile states.
It identifies the following main challenges geopolitical shifts with emerging economies, unemployment (with emphasis on youth unemployment and the low women’s participation in the labour market), violent conflict, unsustainable use of natural resources, environmental challenges, and population growth and increase in median age.
In the communication the progress made on the MDGs is evaluated, it is pointed out that “women continue to be the subject of discrimination and confront severe health risks, in particular to maternal health and their sexual and reproductive health and rights”, and that “7 Million people living with HIV/AIDS do not have access to treatment” and that “only 20% of the world population has access to adequate social protection”. It also
Priority elements for the new framework according to the European Commission should be:
1) basic living standards (including “basic health outcomes” with qualitative goals) with updated existing MDGs integrating social protection
2) drivers for inclusive and sustainable growth including the provision of essential human development services
3) sustainable management of natural resources
4) equality, equity and justice with a specific focus on the role women
5) peace and security mentioning insecurity and violence beyond the situation of fragile states
This communication will be followed by Council conclusions that will outline the position of the EU in negotiations on the next global framework.