Crop Biotech Update

EU MEPs to Improve Commitment to Millennium Development Goals

March 27, 2009

Members of the Parliament of the European Union renewed their commitment to the Millennium Development Goals, which aim to halve extreme poverty by 2015. Deliberations made by the European Parliament resulted in a resolution to increase and standardize their financial contributions. With the estimated 1.4 billion living in poverty, there is significant lack of access to basic health care and primary education that results to death and perpetuation of the poverty cycle. Member countries were then urged to improve the quantity and quality of aid for the poor countries. A strategy of contracts proposed by the Commission was also supported which would allow a firmer financial commitment and greater predictability from the donor country, in return for more sustainable results on the MDG projects of the recipient country.

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