Members of the Democratic party organize a conference on July 28th to discuss the future of the relations between Africa and Italy. Minister Paolo Gentiloni, Vice-Minister Mario Giro, and the Director of the AICS attend the conference.
On July 27, 2016, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAECI) organizes a presentation of the new Italian development cooperation system. The event gathers the Directorate General for Development Cooperation (DGCS), the new Italian development agency AICS, the new development bank CDP, and officials of the MAECI, thus bringing together all main institutions of Italy's new development cooperation system. Attendees include Minister Paolo Gentiloni, Deputy Foreign Minister Mario Giro, DGCS Director Giampaolo Cantini, AICS director Laura Frigenti, as well as Bernardo Bini Smaghi, director of Business Devvelopment of the CDP.
German government presented Germany's first report on the implementation of the global Sustainable Development Goals to the United Nations High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in New York.
Italy's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAECI), development agency (AICS) and new development bank (CDP) signed a convention on July 15th, 2016 to set the modalities and procedures of the CDP's activities in the field of development cooperation. This convention allows the CDP to collaborate with European and international institutions as well as with the private sector to provide funds for development cooperation. This agreement marks the beginning of the role of the CDP as Italy's first development bank.
The new innovation centre by the World Food Programme aims to come up with digital solutions to find new ways to fight hunger. The centre will receive funding from Germany's federal government and from the Bavarian regional government. Germany's Development Ministry has been active in this sphere too, having launched thirteen green innovation centres in Africa and Asia.
Save the Children presents the results and recommendations of its Global Report: 'Unequal portions. Ending malnutrition for every past child' in an event convening Italian officials as well as representative of civil society and international organizations active in the nutrition sector (FAO, IFAD, WFP). Among others, the Director of the new Italian Agency for Development Cooperation, Laura Frigenti, attended the meeting. The report urges all countries to invest in nutrition issues, both as a factor and as a sign of development. Nutrition will likely be on the G7 agenda under Italy's presidency in 2017.
On July 7th and 8th, the Government of France and the WHO jointly organize a conference to discuss the relevance and implications of the Paris Agreement for health issues. The event is entitled 'Building Healthier Societies through implementation of the Paris Agreement' and is meant to contribute to the creation of a 'Global Platform for Health and Climate'. Speakers include government officials, e.g. French Secretary of State for development André Vallini, and experts on both climate and health related issues.
On July 7th, 2016, the government appointed Laurence Tubiana for her second mandate as president of the French Development Agency AFD's board. She will preside over the administration board as the agency implements the frameworks provided for by the sustainable development goals and the 2015 Paris Climate Conference.
On July 4th-5th, French local authorities involved in development cooperation gather at the 7th edition of the 'Forum for the International Action of local authorities' in Paris. Debate this year revolve around the impact of international tensions on development cooperation projects carried out by local authorities. Participants include representatives of civil society, of local authorities, as well as Minister Ayrault.
On June 27th, 2016, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development (MAECI) announced a pledge of €130 million to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria for the 2017-2019 replenishment period. The government announced this 30% increase (compared to 2014-2016) at a high-level meeting attended among others by the Under Secretary of State Benedetto Della Vedova, the Minister of Health Beatrice Lorenzin, the Director-General of the World Health Organization Margaret Chan, and Bill Gates, Co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
On June 27th 2016, 9 French development NGOs sent a letter to André Vallini, Secretary of State for International Development, urging him to step up emergency funding to countries affected by 'El Nino' in 2015-2016 and to prepare for a particularly strong counter phenomenon 'La Nina'. Climate phenomenon 'El Nino' was particularly strong in 2016 and induced droughts and and floods around the world that pose threat to food security and nutrition. The group of NGOs included Action Contre la Faim, CARE France, Coordination SUD, Handicap International, Oyfam France, Première Urgence Internationale, Secours Islamique France, Solidarités International and SOS Villages d'Enfants.
French President Francois Hollande announced a €1.08 billion contribution to the Global Fund to fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria for 2017-2019, maintaining its high 2014-2016 funding level. The Elysée released the communiqué on June 26th 2016, on the occasion of the French 'Solidays' - the 2nd largest music festival in France, organized by the NGO 'Solidarité Sida'
The General Assembly of Coordination SUD, France's largest NGO umbrella organization, takes place on June 13th 2016. It gathers the 160 member NGOs of the platform.
On June 18, 2016, Minister Ayrault takes part in the 'Day for the cooperation network and international action' organized by the MAEDI, which gathers all actors in carrying out France's external action. The implementation of COP21 agrement and of the Agenda 2030 are two focus themes of the day.
The report presents an analysis of EU donors' alignment with the 6 priorities and examines two themes in greater depth - enhanced nutrition and inclusive agrifood chains and systems.
Organised by the European Commission, the European Development Days (EDD) bring the development community together each year to share ideas and experiences in ways that inspire new partnerships and innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.
As part of the Agenda 2030, a high-level United Nations meeting to discuss how to put an end to the AIDS epidemic by 2030 took place in New York from 8 to 10 June 2016. Germany was represented by Development Minister Mueller. Germany's contribution in the health sector currently amounts to about 800 million euros a year (from BMZ funds). Germany supports the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. In addition to that, the BMZ is also providing a total of 2.7 million euros up to 2018 for UNAIDS, the UN organisation responsible for coordinating efforts to end AIDS.
Generation Nutrition' - a coalition of six large NGOs: Action contre la Faim, Action Santé Mondiale, AMREF, CARE France, Coalition Eau and ONE - asks the French Government to step up its funding to the nutrition sector and to allocate €500 million to it by 2020. It also asks the government to ensure that funds are provided for programs planned in the nutrition roadmap, and to improve transparency and clarity of French cooperation in the sector.
The Commission would like to gather views from a wide range of stakeholders on how EU development policy might respond to the 2030 Agenda of the United Nations, to other important related international commitments and key global trends to help inform the development of a revised European Consensus on Development.
On May 25 2016, the government confirmed the appointment of Remy Rioux as Director-General of the French development agency AFD. In 2015, he directed the financial component of the COP21 negotiations, and worked in parallel on the proposal of a merger between the AFD and the Deposits and Consignment's Fund (CDC). His 3-year mandate will be focused on managing the €4 billion increase in ODA announced by F. Hollande by 2020 as well as on implementing the rapprochement between the CDC and the AFD.