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About the Speech:

The UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs represent an ambitious new blueprint to respond to global trends and challenges that have emerged since the adoption of the Millennium Declaration in 2000. In his address to the IIEA, Commissioner Mimica discussed the need to revise the European Consensus on Development to account for this changed environment. In particular, Commissioner Mimica addressed the dual commitments of placing women and children at the heart of development and leaving no-one behind.

This event is part of the 2016 Development Matters series, which the IIEA is co-hosting with Irish Aid.



About the Speaker:

Neven Mimica was appointed European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development in 2014. Between 2013 and 2014, he served as European Commissioner for Consumer Policy. From 2011 to 2013, he was the Deputy Prime Minister of Croatia responsible for Internal, Foreign and European policy. Between 2001 and 2003, he served as Minister for European Integration. In 2000, he became the Deputy Minister for Economic Affairs and acted as Chief Negotiator for the Stabilisation and Association Agreement with the EU. From 1987 to 1997, he was in diplomatic service of the SFR Yugoslavia and Croatia, where he held posts of Minister-Counsellor at the Embassy of Croatia in Cairo (1993-1996) and Plenipotentiary at the Embassy of Croatia in Ankara (1996-1997).