Council Conclusions: “EU’s renewed partnership with Least Developed Countries”, 20 May 2022

The Foreign Affairs Council in Development configuration held on 20 May 2022 approved Council Conclusions on “EU’s renewed partnership with Least Developed Countries (LDCs)”.

The Council Conclusions confirm EU’s commitment to support Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in view of the challenges these countries are facing in terms of achieving Agenda 2030. The Council invites the Commission, the EEAS and the Member States to respond to the specific needs of LDCs through the effective implementation of partnerships. Particular attention is given to addressing the root causes of conflict including inequalities, the lack of democratic and good governance and rule of law, climate change and the fight for natural resources. In addition, the Conclusions underline the EU’s commitment to the promotion of the goal of universal health coverage as well as the goal of equitable education for all.

Currently there are 46 LDCs in the world, from which 33 in Africa. In 2020 the 27 EU member states provided 15,4 billion Euro worth of ODA amounting to 0,12% of their GNI. The EU has committed to increasing this percentage to 0,20% by 2030.

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