The chair of the European Parliament’s Committee on Development, Linda McAvan, has warned nongovernmental organizations that they have “a lot of work to do over the summer” to ensure solid outcomes at the third International Conference on Financing for Development next month in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Instead, the target deadline for the target was pushed back to 2030 — within the time frame of the post-2015 agenda.
“The Italians, I can imagine, won’t be lectured by the U.K. about supporting the 0.7 percent target when they see the failure to solve problems around migration,” she told Devex. While Europe is trying to agree on a response to these migration issues, refugee camps have started developing in Italy and neighboring France.
“They have to be pushed,” McAvan stressed.
The development community therefore needs to “make some noise” and convey to the ministers that they will be made accountable for whatever they say and agree on in Addis — and that includes the migration issue.
McAvan agreed on the pressing need for development organizations to share research and impact findings with policymakers, especially ahead of the U.N. meetings in New York and Paris later this year.