The EU is the world’s largest aid donor and a major political actor with a strong influence over global policies. The EU recognises civil society as an essential actor in policy making and implementation, specifically in the development sector. Therefore, it is committed to maintaining an inclusive political dialogue with civil society organisations (CSO) at both the regional and the national level.
European non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working on development, climate, the environment, and social justice welcomed the external dimension of the European Green Deal in 2019 as it could be used as a tool to align the EU’s global development, climate and biodiversity policies, and the programming of the Neighbourhood, Development, and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI) can truly shape coherent EU support and funding for human development, governance, gender justice, climate, and biodiversity.
In this new statement, NGOs outline recommendations to the EU.