7-8 JUNE 2017 / Tour & Taxis / Brussels

Engaging with Middle Income Countries (MICs)

Since 2005, over half a billion people have escaped from extreme poverty and hunger, mostly in East Asia. Less than 10% of the world's population lives in extreme poverty, the majority concentrated in fragile and conflict-affected states and in sub-Saharan Africa, although substantial pockets of poverty remain in some middle-income countries. Reaching the poor in such divergent situations requires differentiated approaches.

More advanced developing countries need fewer or no concessional forms of assistance, but are crucial for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. They still have high numbers of people living in poverty within their borders and are often characterised by high levels of inequality. They have important impacts and influence within their regions. The EU and its Member States will engage in development policy dialogue with these countries and across a range of policies through combinations of political, security, economic, scientific, technical, technological and adapted financial cooperation.

The policy dialogues will promote mutual interests and identify common priorities and partnerships. They will support the implementation of the SDGs, which provide a common and integrated framework for cooperation, and will help address global public goods and challenges including climate change. Cooperation could take place in the partner countries themselves, in their respective regions, in third countries or globally.

South-South cooperation with other developing countries is rising rapidly and represents an important proportion of all international cooperation. The EU and its Member States will engage with those Middle Income Countries which are becoming emerging donors to exchange best practices, promote South-South and triangular cooperation and work together to support less advanced countries in implementing the 2030 Agenda.

Related sessions

Engaging with Middle Income Countries (MICs)
auditorium A3
8 June
09:00 to 10:30
Engaging with Middle Income Countries (MICs)
debate D3
7 June
18:00 to 19:15
Engaging with Middle Income Countries (MICs)
project S3
8 June
10:45 to 12:00
Engaging with Middle Income Countries (MICs)
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