The Post-2015 Agenda and the EU:
Faltering in the Global Development Partnership?
The Finnish Institute of International Affairs
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era of the Millennium Development Goals and the Millennium Declaration expires
in September 2015. As the largest donor of international development aid and
trader with the developing countries, the EU has a key interest in the future
outcome. It has also made binding commitments to support developing countries’
own efforts to fulfil the present goals, as well as to act as a global partner.
the ongoing consultation process, the UN is pushing ahead with an enabling,
universal development paradigm with an enhanced development partnership that
goes well beyond traditional development assistance.
the EU and the UN share common ground on human rights, governance and security
issues, their preliminary proposals differ significantly on the question of a global
partnership. The European Commission has tabled a proposal for the Union that
is still based on a very conventional donor-recipient approach, which the UN
seeks to reject.
European Commission proposal is problematic because it fails to present a
comprehensive analysis of the current Millennium Development Goal on a global
partnership, especially regarding trade and debt issues. Instead, it focuses on developing countries’
EU still has time to correct this as the process unfolds. Should it fail to do so,
it is highly unlikely that other donors will take up the UN proposal and push
it through in the inter-governmental negotiations.