Integrating environment in EC development cooperation

Sustainable management of natural resources and adaptation to climate change, as well as energy saving and promotion of renewable energy, are fundamental to ensure sustainable urban and rural development and progress in poverty eradication, in particular the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). External assistance should tackle these issues in a more rigorous and systematic way. The Council invited the Commission to set up an appropriate framework, consisting of the Commission and Member States, to prepare and monitor the implementation of the EU approach to environment integration. During 2009, a work programme listing deliverables and responsibilities should be prepared. It should also allow sharing experiences and good practices with a view to helping inform the development of EU positions for relevant international fora when and where appropriate. Throughout this process, consultations with civil society actors should be ensured. The Council invited the Commission to prepare an ambitious EU wide environment integration strategy, to be presented to the Council by late 2011. Source: EU Council,