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Estonia Considers Better Coordination of International Aid Money To Be Important

13.12.2013

At today’s meeting of development cooperation ministers of the European Union member states, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet stressed that, in addition to good human rights-based governance and adherence to gender equality, questions of finance will take primacy in planning international development cooperation in the upcoming years.

“The UN is at the centre of attention but the situation is also affected by the OECD, which connects the world’s most important donors. The concept of development aid is outdated and needs renewal. Hopefully a new agreement will be reached by the end of 2014,” said Paet.

The European Union development ministers also discussed the new “Agenda for Change” development cooperation policy. Foreign Minister Urmas Paet asserted that development aid will become more productive as a result of joint planning and closer coordination between donor countries. He added that it is necessary to more forcefully advance the principles of human rights and good governance. “For us, it is important to share our experience with reform through development cooperation in those places where it provides added value,” he added.
When speaking about the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the European Union development ministers expressed hope that the conflict situation in the eastern part of the country will soon come to an end.

Meanwhile, the development ministers also recognised that, regardless of improvement in the political climate, international support continues to be extremely necessary for positive developments and implementation of the February peace agreement in the DR Congo as well as the broader Great Lakes region.   

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