Council of the EU adopts conclusions on supporting sustainable development across the world

The Council of the EU adopted conclusions on July 8, 2019, in response to the European Commission’s 2019 Joint Synthesis Report of the European Union and its member states on 'Supporting the Sustainable Development Goals across the world'. The Council affirmed its support for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development ahead of the United Nations’ High-Level Political Forum in September 2019 to review progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 
 
The Council underlined the EU’s history of strong support for social and human development in its development cooperation efforts by giving priority to social protection, decent work, universal health coverage, and access to education. However, it took note of several areas with insufficient progress, including using integrated approaches to achieve the SDGs, tailoring support to the needs of partner countries, encouraging partner countries to integrate the SDGs into their national strategies, working better together within the EU and its member states through joint programming, and developing more robust results-reporting systems. 
 
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