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320 words - September 25, 2013 | © DiploNews, all rights reserved.
The EU is determined to help ensure a decent life for all by 2030 and beyond. Is it a pious hope? One could think the economic and financial crisis has logically reduced the European Union (EU)'s contribution to reducing global poverty and helping least developed – and not only – countries. It has not. One could believe the criticism of which the EU is often the target from the very ones it has been aiding for decades has been justified. It has not.
Actually, neither the crisis which has put millions of Europeans in very difficult professional and personal situations nor the ungrateful criticism have questioned the EU's commitment to building a better world. Over the last decade, thanks to EU funding, a report published by the European Commission on the occasion of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA)'s meeting on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) highlighted, "almost 14 million pupils could go to primary school, more than 46 million people were helped with cash or other in-kind benefits to ensure their food security, and over 7.5 million births were attended by skilled health workers, saving the lives of mothers and babies."
The EU – the European people – has improved the lives of millions of people around the world; mainly getting criticism and ignorance in return; and most of the people still have no idea of its poorly-mediatized, second to none contribution to the world. From 2004 to 2012, the EU has been the most generous donor in the world, and this fact doesn't include the additional and significant national contributions made by the Member-states themselves.
"We will continue to make every effort to ensure that the MDGs are met by 2015, notably through the implementation of the EUR 1 billion MDG initiative which already benefits almost 50 partner countries," explained EU Commissioner Andris Piebalgs.
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