The European Consensus on Development, created in 2005, outlines the mission of the values, goals, principles and commitments which the Commission and EU governments have used to guide their development policies. CARE has often used the Consensus to hold the EU accountable, reminding them of the strong commitments taken in 2005. The EU began working on a new European Consensus on Development following the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in 2015 with the aim of creating a new common vision for development policy for the EU and its Member States.

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CARE European Consensus on Development

In this report, CARE outlines key recommendations in 8 areas for future EU development cooperation: (1) gender equality (2) universal health coverage and sexual reproductive health and rights (3) women’s economic empowerment (4) climate change (5) resilience and disaster risk reduction (6) food and nutrition security (7) migration (8) inclusive governance, participatory monitoring and accountability.

On climate change, we wish the new consensus to include the following:

  • Reference to the Paris agreement and hence making an ambitious commitment to climate change, increasing work on mitigation and funding for adaptation;
  • Reference the root causes of poverty and the relationship between poverty and climate change. We must also ensure that progress in one area does not undermine progress elsewhere;
  • The need to urgently bridge the gap between what is needed to limit global warming to 1.5°, the reality we are currently heading towards, and where the EU has a large role to play;
  • Increase efforts to reduce EU emissions and to promote a low carbon development and genuinely renewable energy for all;
  • Commit the EU to massively scale-up climate action and financial support to increase the adaptive capacity of poor and vulnerable countries;
  • Address the reality of loss and damage from climate change impacts;
  • Acknowledge the gender dimension of climate change and resilience building as being a man or woman is often a decisive factor in determining the levels of risk they face from climatic shocks.