The Council of the European Union has published its conclusions on the “The Overarching Post 2015 Agenda” following a general affairs meeting on June 25th – below is an extract, click here to read the full document.
“Towards an overarching post-2015 framework
15. The Council underlines that the Millennium Declaration and the Rio +20 outcome remain central reference documents when considering a post-2015 framework. The Council stresses that the eradication of poverty in all its dimensions and the promotion of sustainable development are intrinsically linked, mutually reinforcing and should be integrated into a single overarching post 2015 framework as proposed by the Commission in its recent Communication. The Council underlines the need to fully integrate all relevant international processes, in particular the work on the Review of the MDGs and the work of the Open Working Group for the elaboration of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into one coherent process.
16. The Council emphasises that the framework should recognise that poverty eradication and sustainable development are mutually reinforcing and interlinked and therefore should:
a) Work towards sustainable development to eradicate poverty in all its dimensions, including ending extreme poverty in a single generation, and to ensure sustainable prosperity and well-being of all people within planetary boundaries.
b) Integrate the three interrelated dimensions of sustainable development, (economic, social and environmental) in a balanced way to ensure:
– basic living standards, including food and nutrition security, health, education, water and sanitation, sustainable energy, decent work and social protection floors for all;
– the promotion of the drivers of green economy in the context of sustainable development, including structural economic transformation;
– the sustainable use, management and protection of natural resources and theecosystem services they provide.
c) Be global in aspiration and coverage and universally applicable, while being based on national ownership and taking into account different national contexts, capacities and levels of development and respecting national policies and priorities.”