The largest annual conference on European environment policy, ‘Green Week’ (4-7 June), is approaching; it will offer opportunities for debate and exchanges of experience on the topic of air quality/pollution with representatives from the European Commission, NGOS, universities and scientific bodies. “Air quality - taking care of the air we breathe” is available to help journalists cover this topic. It highlights two of the sectors that play a key part in contamination – transport and agriculture – and illustrate the risks, as well as some solutions to reduce polluting emissions.
From Tuesday 29 November to 1 December, approximately 2 000 delegates will meet at the Fourth High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness (HLF4), taking place in Busan, South Korea, to assess and discuss the global progress in improving the quality of aid.
Aid effectiveness is about ensuring maximum impact of development aid to improve lives, cut poverty and help achieve the Millennium Development Goals. At Busan, development leaders will review the global progress in delivering effective aid. The Forum aims at further refining the key indicators to measure aid effectiveness, formulated in the Paris Declaration and the Accra Agenda for Action:
• Ownership – Developing countries set their own strategies for poverty reduction
• Alignment – donors base their support on the strength of partner countries’ national development strategies, institutions and procedures
• Harmonisation – donors aim to harmonise their donations to ensure collective effectiveness and to be less burdensome on partner countries, particularly fragile states with weak administrative procedures
• Managing for results – both donors and partner countries manage resources and improve decision-making to achieve optimum results
• Mutual accountability – donors and partner countries pledge to hold each other accountable for development results
To further enhance efforts globally and within countries to make aid more effective in reducing poverty, the Forum seeks at agreeing on a Busan Outcome Document to set a framework for the forthcoming period.
Five videos of approximately five minutes each, including B-Roll material of approximately 15-20 minutes each have been produced. These videos illustrate how the principles of aid effectiveness work in practice on the ground. The videos show projects in five different countries.
El Salvador (runtime: 6’00’’)
El Salvador, with barely six million inhabitants, has one of the highest murder rates in the world. Today the Salvadorian government, with the support of the European Union, has increased measures to reverse this trend by initiating a ‘Solidarity Communities’ programme, which focuses on equity, better social inclusion and poverty reduction.
Videos on the other countries: