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Council supports sustainable development, but more needed to ensure EU R&I delivers benefits for citizens

Civil society has published a reaction to the Council of the European Union’s Partial General Approach on the Regulation for Horizon Europe, the next EU Research Framework Programme. We are encouraged to note that the Council has improved the proposal in several key areas, including by linking the definition and indicators for societal impact and the Read More …

Follow the Funding: Nutrition for Growth Progress Report

The World Health Assembly’s 2012 endorsement of global targets to improve maternal and child nutrition by 2020 was a determined effort, echoed by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The 2013 combined pledge for nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive programs, which surpassed USD 24 billion, helped to secure support for the long-neglected imperative to improve child nutrition. Now, Read More …

Civil society calls on the European Commission to pledge €580 million for the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB & Malaria

GHA, alongside AIDSfonds and Global Fund Advocates Network, have asked the European Commission to pledge €580m to replenish the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria before the EU elections of May 2019. One of the best performing global initiatives, since 2002, the Global Fund has already saved 27 million lives. The EU played Read More …

Ensuring Sustainable Societal Impact of EU-Funded Biomedical Research & Innovation

Global Health Advocates very much welcomes the “Matching Health Needs and Pharmaceutical Research” conference organized by the Austrian Presidency today. With Horizon Europe on the negotiating table, the EU should shift towards a needs-driven R&I agenda that focuses on societal impact to deliver better health and wellbeing for citizens. Ensuring the accessibility and affordability of Read More …

Leaving development cooperation behind: is the EU turning its back on Agenda 2030?

Brussels – 14 June 2018 While many are rejoicing at the prospects of increased resources for external action in the face of Brexit, this is by no means justified. The proposal for a Neighborhood, Development, International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI) does not constitute an EU pledge to support partner countries’ efforts to “leave no one behind”. Read More …

Industrial competitiveness as ‘societal challenge’? Ensuring accountability and societal impact in Horizon Europe

CSO reaction to the Commission’s FP9 proposal Full reaction here Brussels, 7 June The European Commission proposal for a regulation establishing the Union’s ninth research and innovation (R&I) framework programme Horizon Europe, suggests to include “industrial competitiveness” in the objectives and name of the future 2nd pillar “global challenges”. This would be a serious mistake. Read More …