Development - Jean-Yves Le Drian’s participation in the National Council on Development and International Solidarity (Paris, 16 November 2018)

Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, will convene key stakeholders in the area of development and international solidarity on November 16.

During this meeting, parliamentarians, representatives of local and regional authorities, non-governmental organizations, unions, employers, economic stakeholders, universities and research centers and high-level foreign officials will present their recommendations on the draft legislation on guidelines and programming for the partnership policy on development and international solidarity, announced by President Macron on August 27, which will be presented to Parliament by Jean-Yves Le Drian in the first quarter of 2019.

France wants to set a new goal for development policy, within the framework of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), by confirming its commitment to increasing official development assistance to 0.55% of gross national income in 2022 and by updating its approach in order to increase the involvement of all actors concerned, especially civil society, youth, businesses and the diaspora.

In 2019, this commitment will notably be reflected by a €1 billion increase in AFD (French Development Agency) project aid commitments.