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AC - Vorschlag für einen neuen Europäischen Konsens über die Entwicklungspolitik

Opinion Number: CDR 6940/2016
Commission: CIVEX
Status: Adopted
Date: 08/02/2017
The CoR decided to adopt an opinion on the new European Consensus on Development in order to feed a territorial perspective into the review process of this overarching strategic policy document laying out the way ahead in development cooperation for the European Union (EU) and its Member States for the years to come and aligning the Union's development policy with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
See pages 79-81 of the follow-up report drafted by the European Commission:

- welcomes the universal nature of sustainable development goals which apply to all countries inviting them to work in partnership towards eradicating poverty and achieving sustainable development;

- considers that the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development should be seen as a multi-level and multi-stakeholder agenda that lays obligations upon all public authorities at the various levels (local, regional, national and international), together with other social actors beyond governments;

- points out that many of the 2030 Agenda's objectives and goals directly impinge upon areas of work and competences that belong to subnational authorities. If they are to be met, therefore, the full involvement of the regions and local authorities in transposing the SDGs and in framing the policies to achieve them needs to be promoted;

- draws attention to the active role that decentralised cooperation can have in the new Agenda by fostering exchange of experiences between sub-state actors in their particular areas of competences;

- emphasises the role that decentralised cooperation can play in transferring know-how and skills between these actors; and argues that the new Consensus on Development should acknowledge and foster the potential of this type of cooperation.
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