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ARENGUKOOSTÖÖ ÜMARLAUD (AKÜ) Estonian Roundtable for Development Cooperation

Tallinn, 14 September 2012 RE: PUBLIC CONSULTATION „TOWARDS A POST-2015 DEVELOPMENT FRAMEWORK“ Dear Commissioner Piebalgs, The Estonian Roundtable for Development Cooperation (AKÜ)* is delighted that you are actively looking for ways to make European development cooperation more effective and sustainable. We are hereby sending you our response to the public consultation „Towards a post-2015 development framework“, which is based on consultations with the Estonian civil society organisations and wider public. In questions not answered below we are in full support of the positions of the BEYOND 2015 campaign. The public consultation’s questions cover a vast range of topics and it is not possible for us to give comprehensive answers to all of them. Therefore, we will highlight the issues we consider to be of highest importance regarding the debate on the post-2015 development agenda: The MDGs: benefits and limitations The primary purpose of the MDGs is to create a just and sustainable world in which every human being can realise their rights. We sincerely believe that this purpose should also guide any future development framework. Thinking of the benefits of the MDGs, we have concluded that one of the greatest benefits of the current framework is that is has enabled the international community to agree on a common focus for development work and commit resources for the same ends. The framework has supported a continuous dialogue and public debate on development issues. Furthermore, we like that the goals have been relatively concrete and measurable, which is crucial for evaluating progress. On a critical note, we would like to emphasise that the current global development cooperation system is highly Eurocentric. The responsibilities and accountability mechanisms are too often biased to favour the donors’ interests and neglect the greatest common goal of reducing poverty and improving the well-being of people in the developing countries. In addition, there policy coherence for development has not been at the centre of policy making, which means that much of the good done via development cooperation is still erased by harmful policies in other spheres (i.e. trade, agriculture, finance, security). In turn, the incoherencies have forced poorer countries into aid dependency. In particular, we are concerned that the environmental aspects of global development have not been given adequate attention. Sustainable development is too often only a nice political ________________________________________________________________________________ Suur-Karja 23, Tallinn 10148, Estonia info@terveilm.net Tel/Fax: (+372) 627 0191 1 of 3

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