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Online, 28 May 2015. In order to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the EU member countries agreed in 2005 to reach a share of 0.7% Official Development Assistance (ODA) of the respective Gross National Income (GNI) by 2015. Member States which joined the EU after 2002 decided to aim for 0.33% ODA/GNI. Further stressing ODA as an important and catalytic element in the overall financing available for developing countries most in need, the European Council publishes annually a report on the EU and Member States’ commitments and delivery on ODA. The 5th report of this kind was recently submitted.

Online, 8 May 2015. In the last months several agencies made announcements concerning their future work in development. IDB, EU, MCC and Germany, all members of the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development, increase their budget, adjust their goals and targets for the next implementation cycle. The adjustments of strategy coincides with the countries’ work and support in the SDG development process and the growing foreign aid flows from non-traditional donor countries.

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Berlin, 27 Mar 2015. “We can meet the zero-hunger challenge by 2030”, said Gerd Müller, Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Germany at a very successful outreach conference in Berlin which discussed the special initiative “One World – No Hunger”. The special initiative was created by BMZ to help implement the German Charter for the Future, One world Our Responsibility. The conference invited 300 participants and their constituencies to engage in designing the rural future. 2015 is a crucial year, underlined BMZ State Secretary Friedrich Kitschelt with the G7 summit in Germany, the conference on finance for development in Addis Ababa, the adoption of the sustainable development goals and their targets in New York and the new climate regime in Paris. BMZ has doubled the ministerial budget for rural development to 1.4 billion Euro, but without the political will of developing countries governments to eradicate hunger, the international community will fail to meet the ambitious target in 2030.

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Davos, 9 Feb 2015. The 45th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos had many synergies with the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development. In setting the priorities for improving the global economy, world governmental and business leaders repeatedly mentioned topics such as climate change, inequality, gender parity, development goals and sustainable development investments. Following the discussions, several publications and initiatives were launched including a Global Challenge Initiative on Food Security and Agriculture.

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