Security, fight against terrorism and migrations have partly overshadowed the challenges and targets of Development and SDGs in Europe. The 2018 EU budget has been approved with one main sacrifice: the sector of Development Aid (reduced of 8% compared to 2017 targets). What does that mean concretely for development priorities and the implementation of the goals? Will the UN led dialogue on SDGs not be relayed by strong and consistent EU Development strategies? In addition, and despite successes and increasing needs in the areas such as climate and peace keeping operations, the US and EU advocate for cuts to U.N. Budget for the period 2018-2019. The SDGs have only set the target. We lack many implementation strategies towards sustainable development, reduction of inequalities and for the planet. We need less tragedies related to poverty, conflicts and disasters.
SDGs in their international dimension, should be recognized as the reference document and referred to systematically in future international strategies. Barriers need to be removed to unlock future potentials in agricultural, infrastructure, fair trade and urban systems.
The used excuse that we have progressed towards a “more equal relationship” between rich and poor countries is not valid when it hides inequalities in sectors such as health, stability, education, poverty and life expectancy. More funding is needed for impactful projects. “Money doesn’t talk, it screams!”.