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Signed by 47 organisations representing over 2.700 cities, 330 regions, €62 trillion in investment portfolio, more than 800 companies and 330 NGOs, the joint letter clearly expresses the desire of European stakeholders to have the EU’s 2030 climate target substantially increased. Building on the recent proposal from the European Commission, the signatories hope European Member States will improve what is proposed, and in particular call for decisive action to remove emissions through Nature Based Solutions to come on top of the needed strong emission reductions in other sectors.

Generation Nutrition, a network of civil society organisations (CSOs), collaborating to end malnutrition in all its forms by 2030, invited representatives of European Union (EU) institutions, Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement members, EU Member States representatives, Members of the European Parliament, alongside various CSOs representatives, to discuss how COVID-19 has changed the game on nutrition. Given the cancellation and postponement of key political and pledging nutrition events in 2020, this roundtable aimed at keeping up the momentum on the urgency of an EU-integrated approach to nutrition in the COVID-19 crisis response and recovery phase.


GENEVA (June 21, 2019): Two years after launching its #March4Women global campaign, CARE International applauds governments, employers and workers for today agreeing a new International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention on ending violence and harassment in the world of work. 

  • 2019/05/13 JOINT STATEMENT | Joint NGO letter on the European Peace Facility
    As a coalition of 14 organisations, we are writing to express our deep concern about the proposal for a European Peace Facility (EPF) and specifically a component within it to train and equip third-country militaries, as well as regional and international organisations, including with the provision of weaponry.


  • 2018/10/18 BLOG POST | Is the EU right to see the private sector as the ‘silver bullet’ to solve Europe’s migrant ‘crisis’?

    In the last few weeks we’ve seen a marked increase at EU level in attention for the private sector and investments as being key in relations with third countries, thereby stemming migrant and refugee flows to Europe. Refugee rights, legal paths for migration and decent work are far from being central in that discussion.

    Picking up on this private sector narrative, CI Senior EU Advocacy Officer Inge Brees recently published a blog post on the CARE International UK Insights website. Read more.

The global poverty-fighting organisation CARE International has welcomed the decision for a new International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention on “Ending violence and harassment in the world of work” – following CARE’s #ThisIsNotWorking campaign. Read more

  • 2018/06 RECOMMENDATION | CARE international makes the case for a gender-responsive EU budget
    As the next Multi-Financial Framework (EU budget) is currently being discussed, CARE International wants to ensure the Euroepean Union fulfills its commitment to achieve gender quality. By adopting and implementing a gender-responsive budget, and by increasing and mainstreaming funding, the EU can show it is fully committed to  achieve gender equality. Paper for a gender-responsive EU Budget [here] and joint CSO asks [here] and latest statement [here].

Geneva, 8 March 2018— Today, International Women’s Day, CARE welcomes the support from a majority of governments to establish a global treaty to end violence and harassment at work as made public in a new International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) report [Read more].


In the New York Declaration, States made a powerful commitment to action on behalf of and in partnership with refugee women and girls, but it turns out that the path towards achieving a Global Compact on Refugees that comprehensively addresses the rights of women and girls is more difficult than expected [Read more].

Speakers and participants to this event will discuss the place of women and girls in the Global Refugee Compact as well as in EU migration policy. Evidence will be provided of the impact of, and international response to refugee situations on women and girls and focus particularly on minors and children from a feminist perspective. The aim is to come up with recommendations in advance of the UN High Commissioner’s High Level Dialogue on Protection Challenges and the European Council in December. It takes places during the 16 days of activism against Gender-Based Violence [Read more].

On 25 October 2017, CARE International organised a roundtable entitled “Building Africa’s financial ecosystem for development”. This event offered practical insights on women’s economic empowerment, and in particular financial inclusion, based on CARE’s experience of facilitating 5.1 million members of village savings and loans groups across Africa [Read more].

While in this paper CARE reflects on challenges and opportunities that this new policy agenda puts forward and what we expect from ECHO in this context, we believe it is as crucial to cherish and maintain what works well [Read more].

In the last few years, migration has become a central part of the EU’s foreign and development policy. In November 2015 the EU and several African states agreed on the Valletta Action Plan, which looks at ways to cooperate in the field of migration. In June 2016 the EU announced its new partnership approach with third countries, a framework that uses positive and negative incentives across policy domains to encourage partner countries to better cooperate in the field of migration [Read more].


This week, European leaders meet in Brussels to discuss, amongst other things, progress on the EU-Turkey deal, the reform of the European asylum system, solidarity and responsibility sharing, and cooperation with countries of origin and transit. As humanitarian and human rights organisations working in Europe, we are gravely concerned that European policies are trying more and more to push people out of Europe, making it even harder to seek asylum, and leaving it to Member States of first entry, like Greece, to shoulder all the responsibility. Disregarding the realities on the ground and the human rights violations that the EU-Turkey Statement has led to, the European Commission proposes measures that will further exacerbate the situation [Read more].

At the upcoming European Council on 20-21 October, European Union (EU) leaders will discuss the latest developments and progress on the EU comprehensive approach to migration. This discussion comes at a time when the EU is negotiating the 2017 budget and embarking on discussions on the Mid-Term Review of the Multi-Annual Financial Framework (MFF) and the next European Consensus on Development [Read more].

Multi-sectoral experts will meet in Brussels today to discuss the urgent issue of gender-based violence that is prevalent worldwide, and gets particularly worse in conflict and among displaced populations. For example, in camps and host communities, lack of security and inadequate protection leave women and girls vulnerable to rape and harassment. Women and girls are disproportionately more affected than men in times of crisis. However, in 2014, only 12 per cent of UN crisis response funding was allocated to programmes taking into account women and girls’ specific needs [Read more].

The European Consensus on Development is a landmark agreement between the European Commission, European Parliament and EU Member States, which sets out the common EU vision for development cooperation. CARE has often used the Consensus to hold the EU accountable, reminding them of the strong commitments taken in 2005  [Read more].

At the upcoming European Council, European Union (EU) leaders will discuss the European Commission’s Communication on a new Partnership Framework with third countries. The Communication proposes an approach which aims to leverage existing EU and Member States' external cooperation instruments and tools in order to stem migration to Europe. The undersigned organisations express their grave concern about the direction the EU is taking by making deterrence and return the main objective of the Union's relationship with third countries. More broadly, this new Partnership Framework risks cementing a shift towards a foreign policy that serves one single objective, to curb migration, at the expense of European credibility and leverage in defence of fundamental values and human rights [Read more].

The Netherlands Presidency of the Council of the EU and the European Commission's DirectorateGeneral for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO) hosted the workshop Female Voices from the Frontline − Women’s Engagement in Closing the Gender Gap, to discuss possibilities to reduce the gap between gender policy and practice. Representatives of the Inter Agency Standing Committee (IASC), Member States, CARE international and Bihar Relief Organization were present to shed their light on how humanitarian aid can become more gender-sensitive and what tools can be used to achieve this objective. Several lessons were drawn and recommendations were formulated, notably in order to help inform participants' positions on gender policy in the run-up to the World Humanitarian Summit [Read more].



Recent events

  • On 19 September 2019, CARE International, WIDE+ and Global Responsibility (Austrian NGO platform) will hold a panel discussion Budgeting for Women's Rights: Where is the commitment? Gender and development in the next EU Multi-annual Financial Framework (MFF). Céline Mias, EU Representative and Head of Office will be joined by: Eunice Musiime, Executive Director of Anika Mama Wa Afrika; Fabienne Van Den Eede, Deputy Head of the Gender equality, Human Rights and Democratic Governance unit for the European Commission; and Désirée Schweitzer, Director of the Section Development in the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. [More here].
  • On February 26, 2018 CARE organised an event in the European Parliament, hosted by MEPs Vana, Sargentini and Lambert, focused on dignified work in Bangladesh, starting with a documentary screening, and followed by a panel discussion on dignified work, linking the debate to the ongoing negotiations on the ILO Convention to end GBV in the workplace. Please find the event summary report here.
  • On Thursday 7th of December 2017, CARE International organised, together with ENMW and Melissa, a roundtable entitled “How Europe takes forward Refugee Compacts – A Girl Child perspective”. Speakers and participants to this event discussed the place of women and girls in the Global Refugee Compact as well as in EU migration policy. The participants came up with recommendations in advance of the UN High Commissioner’s High Level Dialogue on Protection Challenges and the European Council in December. It took place during the 16 days of activism against Gender-Based Violence. Check out the event recommendations here.
  • On 25 October 2017, CARE International organised a roundtable entitled “Building Africa’s financial ecosystem for development”. This event offered practical insights on women’s economic empowerment, and in particular financial inclusion, based on CARE’s experience of facilitating 5.1 million members of village savings and loans groups across Africa. It took place ahead of the fifth EU-Africa Summit (29-30 November 2017), where the EU will launch the European External Investment Plan. The event gathered high level speakers and participants from the European Commission, Member States, private sector and civil society. Please find the report of the event here. More details on CARE's France website here.
  • On 26 September 2017, Céline Mias EU Representative and Head of EU office at CARE International facilitated the event: Taking Stock: One year into the Gender Action Plan 2016-2020 on behalf of the NGOs Platform Concord. This event focused on the EU and Member States' implementation of commitments towards gender equality in the Sustainable development goals.
    The event was organised within CONCORD at the Portuguese permanent representation in Brussels from 14:00 to 16:00. For further information click here.
  • CARE took part in the  EU Development Days from 7 - 8 June 2017. This was a chance for development actors from around the globe to gather in Brussels to shape the debate around “investing in development”. Please find the overview of events we were involved in here.
  • In the context of the European Week of Action for Girls, CARE and World Vision organised an event on ‘Investing in and Empowering Women and Girls in Crisis and Fragility’ in the European Parlimant on the 12th of October 2016.
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