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NGO Statement: European Green Deal must strengthen partner countries’ recovery from the COVID-19 crisis

Added 11 May 2020
Today, Eurodad, along with 15 other civil society organisations, released a joint statement calling for the European Union to pursue a green recovery that supports all people, communities and the planet. 

Countries all over the world have mobilised to react to the COVID-19 pandemic. ‘But for developing countries in the global south, their experiences are compounded by the ongoing climate impacts that they’re also experiencing during this pandemic. 

As European countries start transitioning to a post-COVID-19 period, it’s imperative that a green recovery plan is equitable, transparent, inclusive and contributes to a global recovery response that supports developing countries too. 

The immediate priority is for the EU to demonstrate solidarity with partner countries in the global south, through budget support and direct transfers to national response plans and debt relief.

The EU must also be mindful of the medium and long-term challenges of these dual crises. Ongoing support for recovery in partner countries must be aligned with the long-term goals of the Paris Agreement and the European Green Deal. This support must prioritise sustainable finance solutions and be rooted in gender equality and human rights. Moreover, civil society engagement must be ensured and supply chains must be managed in a transparent way.