EU €1 billion MDG initiative

European Commission Water and sanitation, maternal health, hunger and child mortality: those Millennium Development Goals that are most off-tracks will be allocated an additional €1bn by the European Commission, said EU Commissioner Piebalgs today during a round table on Nutrition at the UN General Assembly. The European Commission is finalising the identification of the projects presented by African, Caribbean and Pacific countries themselves.

“This additional EU support will help to make a decisive move in the fight against poverty. Projects have been identified in partnership with African, Caribbean and Pacific countries and are fully results-oriented” said EU Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, adding: “Since 2000, EU support contributed to educate more than 9 millions children, to provide health care to 10 millions women and to give access to water and sanitation to millions of household. However, we should spare no efforts to boost the achievements of the Millennium Development Goals by 2015”.

With the MDG Initiative which was announced in New York in September 2010, the EU will support African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries in reaching the Millennium Development Goals. It focuses on countries that have shown good performance in implementing aid on the one hand but also targets the most off tracks MDG on the other.

Important steps in the implementation of the initiative have been made. The European Commission has agreed with all national authorities in partner countries on how to best program this extra funding, with clear and measurable indicators to demonstrate the additional benefits of additional money. The Commission is now in the final steps of the validation process in order to launch some of those specific projects as soon as next year.

Background on MDGs and EU as a donor

The MDG initiative mobilises money from one of the EU’s main instruments of development aid, the 10th European Development Fund (EDF). It was designed to make additional funding available for the 79 African, Caribbean and Pacific Countries who would present their proposals. The total amount available within the EDF for the financing period of 2007-2013 is €22,4bn.

The UN Millennium Goals Report 2011 confirms that the world has made significant progress on some of the goals. By 2015, global poverty is currently expected to fall below 15%, which is well below the target of 23%. Increased funding and intensive control efforts have led to a reduction of 20% of global deaths from malaria; HIV infections have been declining steadily and the availability of retroviral drugs for HIV/AIDS has increased massively in recent years. Important steps have been made globally towards providing universal primary education.

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