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Federal Minister Müller and the EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, with young people who are involved in the action/2015 campaign.

15.01.2015 |

Today the new EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, paid a visit to Federal Minister Müller.

During the meeting the two men talked about EU plans for tackling the current refugee crises and about priorities in 2015, the European Year for Development.

"The European Year for Development that the EU has announced for the current year must be used as an opportunity to improve the coordination of European development policy," Minister Müller said. "A joint effort to address the current refugee crises and tackle the root causes of displacement is an absolute must. We need all parts of the EU and also all the Member States to join forces in a united effort."

Müller and Mimica last met in the margins of the December meeting of the Council of EU Development Ministers in Brussels, where Minister Müller’s call for the EU to step up its efforts in the face of the current refugee crises was widely endorsed by his fellow ministers.

After their meeting today, Federal Minister Müller and Commissioner Mimica will meet young people who are involved in the action/2015 campaign. action/2015 is a global coalition of more than one thousand civil society organisations working in the fields of development cooperation and the environment. action/2015 will be presented worldwide on 15 January.

In Germany the organisation ONE is in charge of the launch. Other organisations involved in the campaigning include Save the Children, Oxfam, Greenpeace, World Vision and Deine Stimme gegen Armut.

The timeframe for the United Nations Millennium Development Goals expires this year; the MDGs are to be replaced by new sustainability goals for the period up to 2030. All the young people present at this meeting were born in 2000, in other words they were born in the same year that the Millennium Development Goals were launched. In another 15 years – the target year for the new sustainability goals – they will hopefully be living in a world without extreme poverty. These young people come from all over Germany and are interested in development policy and environmental issues. Some of them have already spent several months in developing countries, some have family members living in developing countries or they are regular participants in inter-cultural school projects.

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