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Staffan Nilsson's Comment (former EESC President 2010-2013) - page 5

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ACP and the A, B, C of good governance

7 Jul 2011

By: Staffan Nilsson

H.E. Mr Usman Baraya and Mr Staffan Nillsson
Over the past few days, I had the opportunity to meet a number of leaders and economic and social players from Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries gathered together for the 26th meeting of ACP-EU economic and social interest groups. Under the Cotonou Agreement, the EESC is tasked with organising regular consultation with representatives of ACP economic and social players in order to strengthen ACP-EU relations. I believe that wherever and whenever possible, we can promote gradual political change. We need to support the African countries – provided this support is accompanied by economic, social and political reforms. We have to act in solidarity, and make a shift from aid to smarter development policies which include the involvement of civil society in the reform processes Read More...
José Manuel Barroso presented a framework and a good basis for discussions on the EU budget review in October last year, ahead of the proposals for the upcoming financial framework beyond 2013 to be launched by the European Commission next week. Undoubtedly this is a crucial moment for the future of Europe and, to my surprise, one which went by almost unnoticed. Couldn’t this have been the time to build momentum around a public debate, without taboos, on the EU’s major objectives and the future budget serving them? Read More...

How to feed nine billion people?

27 May 2011

By: Staffan Nilsson

On 23 May we tried to find answers to the above question. The title of the international conference: Food for everyone – towards a global deal, which we organised together with the European Commission, reflects our vision for global food security. Global players and politicians have, on so many occasions, discussed ways of banishing hunger and poverty, yet still one in six people on the planet struggles to find enough food to live on. What new inputs into global discussions emerged from the EESC conference? I would say focus and a reminder to the EU and international players that we need to stick to the commitment agreed in 2000 under the Millennium Development Goals to halve poverty and hunger by 2015. There are only about 1 300 days left! Read More...

Food for everyone – towards a global deal

13 May 2011

By: Staffan Nilsson

"Nine billion people will inhabit the Earth by 2050. Each person will need water and food. Population increase, the demand for agricultural products from emerging economies and environmental changes, all intensified by food price volatility, energy demand and urbanisation are just a few of the challenges of global food security. These challenges are complex and the solutions must be equally varied and tailored. Exposed to food price volatility and extreme fluctuations in agricultural commodities, too many people in developing countries struggle to feed themselves and their families. "... Read More...

Europe’s snail syndrome

10 May 2011

By: Staffan Nilsson

"To my great sadness, the recent discussions on re-instating border control in Europe have been taking place without the slightest consideration on the part of certain politicians for the basic human rights of those affected, which makes me really wonder: where are we headed with our democratic, human rights-based values in Europe? It may be that our societies are close to burnout and that we are experiencing some kind of democratic fatigue. If our European societies are going through a phase of disenchantment mainly as a result of the economic crisis, could this explain the extremist tendencies that betray a lack of respect for the disadvantaged?" Read More...

Learning from a practical dreamer - Brazil

28 Apr 2011

By: Staffan Nilsson

President Nilsson talking to Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff at the end of the CDES plenary session which EESC delegation attended
Thanks to EU-Brazil Civil Society Round Table, which ended just yesterday in Brasilia, I have acquired a deeper insight into this vibrant nation. Brazil is a country to which we Europeans could start paying more attention and from which we have much to learn. As an emerging economic power and given the proven impact of civil society input into the country’s social inclusion policies, I feel Brazil deserves more credit for its increased involvement in the global political agenda. We had the opportunity to meet Brazilian civil society and discuss topics related to food security, inevitably linking it to agricultural production and resource management, and the need to make it sustainable in social, economic and environmental terms. Read More...

Food for everyone – towards a global deal

19 Apr 2011

By: Staffan Nilsson

Food security concerns us all, because it is about the earth's resources, which we all share and use, and because food is vital for life. That’s why we need to ensure that everybody in the world has enough food to eat or the resources and means to grow their own food. This is the case in the developing countries. We cannot accept that one in six people on our planet faces a daily struggle to find enough food to live. Read More...

Speak sustainable, build sustainable

14 Apr 2011

By: Staffan Nilsson

Right at the start of this year's EU Sustainable Energy Week, we launched a groundbreaking and easy-to-use publication, a multilingual glossary entitled Let's Speak Sustainable Construction! At the EESC we work on EU policies and advise EU institutions, and the output of our work can often take a very practical form. This multilingual glossary of sustainable construction terms explained in and translated into almost every EU language proposes a common understanding of the terms that the various construction stakeholders are using on the ground. Construction stakeholders need to talk to each other, and this glossary is a pragmatic step towards more harmonised development of the EU's construction sector. Read More...

In Europe with the Roma

7 Apr 2011

By: Staffan Nilsson

This week, the European Commission made proposals to give the EU Member States a joint framework for action with regard to the Roma community. The topic of the Roma brings me to a broader issue. Twenty years after the fall of the Iron Curtain and only a few years after the EU expanded to include 27 Member States, peace in the EU seems to the younger generation to be the norm. However, this peace is very young, historically speaking: it was not so very long ago that we were at war. The people who lived through that time must speak about it to today's youngsters. Because, judging by the media and certain political leaders – who unfortunately enjoy increasingly broad support – it would appear that we are living in a time of violence and hatred in Europe. Read More...

Food for thought on EU agriculture

4 Apr 2011

By: Staffan Nilsson

The basis for agriculture and forestry is the use of the photosynthesis which drives all earth's biological processes. No artificial system has been invented that can convert carbon atoms in the atmosphere into organic material so effectively. Plant photosynthesis captures energy from sunlight. Oxygen is also released during this process, which is the most important cycle in nature. It is plant cells that create growth in the real sense of the word. Next year marks the 50th anniversary of the EU common agricultural policy (CAP), one of the most widely discussed and most widely questioned elements of EU cooperation, but also one of the most important for the EU, especially now when we need more than ever to work together on food supply issues. Read More...

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