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Declaration of the European Parliament on development education and global active citizenship

On July 5th 2012, the European Parliament has officially adopted the written declaration on development education and active global citizenship. The declaration was adopted following the initiative of MEP's Filip Kaczmarek, Maria Badia i Cutchet, Michael Gahler, Catherine Grèze and Fiona Hall. The written declaration on development education and active global citizenship, co-tabled by the five Members of the European Parliament, gained support of of 398 MEP's. The Declaration encourages the EU Member States to strengthen their national strategies regarding development education and calls upon the European Commission and the Council of the European Union to draw up a long-term strategy in that field.

Declaration of the European Parliament of 5 July 2012 on development education and active global citizenship

The European Parliament,

-  having regard to the European Consensus on Development, which underlines that ‘the EU will pay particular attention to development education and raising awareness',

-  having regard to the conclusions of the Structured Dialogue concerning the role of civil society and local authorities in development, which calls on ‘EU Member States and the European Commission [to] strengthen their strategies for Development Education and Awareness Raising',

-  having regard to Rule 123 of its Rules of Procedure,

A.  whereas development education and awareness-raising are central to European development policies, as outlined in the European Development Education Consensus (‘The European Consensus on Development: The contribution of Development Education and Awareness Raising');

B.  whereas, despite being one of the biggest funders of development education in Europe, the European Union does not have a dedicated strategy in this field;

C.  whereas, during periods marked by austerity, crises and the rise of nationalist and populist movements, it is particularly important to support active global citizenship;

1.  Calls on the Commission and the Council to develop a long-term, cross-sectoral European strategy for development education, awareness-raising and active global citizenship;

2.  Calls on the Member States to develop or strengthen national development education strategies;

3.  Instructs its President to forward this declaration, together with the names of the signatories, to the Commission, the Council and the parliaments of the Member States.

The full text of the declaration is available on the website of the European Parliament.

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