WWF's reponse to European Commission consultation on the revision of the ACP-EU Cotonou Partnership Agreement
On both sides the reflections and discussions pertaining to the future of the partnership have already started and will set the basis of future negotiations. WWF has contributed to such initial debates, by responding to the public consultation by the European Commission and the European Union External Action Service, which was launched in October 2015 and ended in December 2015.
We believe it is important for both EU and ACP countries to take stock of the progress achieved so far and in particular be supportive of key principles and approaches that have been promoted within the partnership and should be strengthened.
In particular we believe that whatever the form or institutional set up of any future partnership, Civil Society Organisations should continue to be supported as “full actors in the partnership”, as they contribute greatly to sustainable development, to address global challenges at multiple levels and play an active role in building peaceful and resilient societies. The EU should champion this.
Moreover, we believe that any future partnership between the ACP-EU should be framed in the context of the new Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and should contribute to its implementation at all levels, respecting country ownership, priorities and needs.
The new sustainable development goals address global challenges in an integrated way and provide a great opportunity for delivering long term benefits and wellbeing for people and the planet, moving away from the donor-recipient dynamic as they are universally applicable.
For further information:
EU Development Policy and Funding Officer
WWF European Policy Office