As a strong supporter of multilateralism, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg’s commitment to multilateral organisations remains one of the mainstays of Luxembourg’s Development Cooperation when acting at international level. The 2030 Agenda, the principle of ‘leaving no one behind’ and the attainment of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are founded upon Luxembourg’s 2018 general development cooperation strategy, entitled ‘On the road to 2030’. Thus, in 2020, as in previous years, some 30% of Luxembourg’s official development assistance (ODA) was allocated to international and multilateral organisations (EUR 119,670,040.93 in 2019; EUR 124,618,745.02 in 2020).
Within the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) working group of the European Council, negotiations for the agreement that is to succeed the Cotonou agreement continued. The Cotonou agreement, whose aim was to re-establish macro-economic balances, develop the private sector, improve social services, promote regional integration, promote equal opportunities for men and women, protect the environment and remove barriers to trade progressively and reciprocally, was signed in 2000 by the EU and its Member States and 79 countries in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific for a period of 20 years.