Development aid from donor countries amounts to more than USD$130 billion annually. More than half of that amount comes from countries within the European Union. However, sustainable development cannot be achieved through aid alone. The UN's 2030 Agenda has highlighted the importance of public and private investment for sustainable development. Major international agreements including the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the Sustainable Development Goals will shape the EU’s development agenda for decades to come.
The Director-General will discuss EU development policy in this context, paying particular attention to the Pacific region.
Stefano Manservisi is the Director-General for International Cooperation and Development (DEVCO) at the European Commission since May 2016.
An Italian national, he previously served as Head of the Private Office of Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Commission Vice-President.
In 2014, he was the Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Turkey. Before that, he held other positions at the Commission, including as Director-General for Migration and Home Affairs and Director-General for Development and Relations with African, Caribbean, and Pacific States. He has also headed the Private Offices of the Commission's President Romano Prodi and Commissioner Mario Monti and served in the Private Offices of the Commission's Vice‑President Filippo Pandolfi and of Commissioner Francesco Vanni d'Archirafi.
A lawyer by training, he enjoys teaching and has been a visiting professor at the University of Bologna, University of Roma III, and the College of Europe.