Almost nine out of ten Europeans across all Member States think that it is important to help people in developing countries (89%) – a four-percentage point increase since 2014. Amongst the best results, there have been also increases in the proportion of people who think that tackling poverty in developing countries should be one of the main priorities of the EU (up five percentage points to 69%). Peace and security (41%) and health and education (both 34%) are considered the most pressing challenges facing developing countries.
Concerning awareness of the EYD and also on SDGs, figures are extremely rewarding - with a consistent increase of citizens who feel more aware that 2015 was the European Year for Development (18%, which is a 50% increase since last survey at the end of 2014). Also, more than one third of Europeans have at least heard or read about the Sustainable Development Goals (36%), which we also believe have a strong link with the campaign around EYD2015.
EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, will present the Eurobarometer results at a special internal event in Brussels, (29th February).