EU wants to be ‘role model’ for global environment, anti-poverty talks

The Guardian | Feb 27, 2013

The European commission on Wednesday called for merging the fight against poverty and environmental protection into a single framework for the future, casting itself as the “role model” for the world.

The commission’s Decent Life for All by 2030 (pdf) communication outlines proposed negotiating positions on the successor to the UN millennium development goals (MDGs), the eight targets agreed in 2000 – with many likely to miss their 2015 target.

The communication hinges on rallying the 27 EU member states to support a post-2015 development plan that commits to helping finance poverty reduction through sustainable growth, despite deep economic and financial troubles at home.

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