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Why do we need development policy?

Today, our lives are much more inter­con­nect­ed with those of people living on other con­ti­nents than ever before. We have many ad­van­tages be­cause of that. How­ever, it also means that we have greater re­spon­si­bil­i­ty than pre­vious generations, because the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­ni­ty is facing challenges for which it needs to find global solutions. Radical changes need to be made – at global level and as soon as possible. Germany is taking on its re­spon­si­bil­i­ty for that. more


The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

On 25 September 2015, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted at the UN summit in New York. It takes the form of a pact on the world's future and is intended to help enable all people in the world to live a life of dignity. The 17 development goals in the Agenda link the principle of sustainability with economic, ecological and social development. For the first time ever, poverty reduction and sustainability have been united in a single agenda. more


The Millennium Development Goals

In September 2000, representatives from 189 countries, most of them heads of state or government, gathered in New York for what was then the largest summit in the history of the United Nations. At the end of the summit, they adopted what has become known as the Millennium Declaration. In the Millennium Declaration, the international community set out how it intends to tackle the key challenges at the dawn of the 21st century. Eight international development goals were subsequently derived from the Millennium Declaration, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which were to be achieved by 2015. more


The Monterrey Consensus

At the 2002 UN Conference on Financing for Development in Monterrey, Mexico, the international community discussed how to make available the funding needed to achieve the MDGs. For the first time, developing and industrialised countries together looked into all the possible funding sources for development cooperation. more


The Johannesburg Plan of Implementation

Ten years after the Rio Conference, the international community reaffirmed its commitment to sustainability at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg in 2002. Developing and industrialised countries agreed "to advance and strengthen the interdependent and mutually reinforcing pillars of sustainable development – economic development, social development and environmental protection – at the local, national, regional and global levels". more


The Aid Effectiveness Agenda

The adoption of the Millennium Declaration and the Millennium Development Goals derived from it set in motion a discussion on fundamental improvements to aid effectiveness. Four high-level forums on aid effectiveness have taken place in the period since 2003: in Rome in 2003, in Paris in 2005, in Accra in 2008 and in Busan in 2011. At these meetings, industrialised and developing countries together sought to find ways to make cooperation efficient and to achieve the greatest possible impacts – even in times of crisis. more


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