Development cooperation policy is an integral part of the foreign policy of Lithuania and other developed states. Its objectives are the following: the implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals approved by the United Nations, ensuring peace, global economic growth and social stability, reduction of the disparities between developed and developing countries, integration of developing countries into the global economy.
Since 1 May, 2004 Lithuania has transformed its status from a partner country into a donor country. The priority geographical areas of Lithuania’s development cooperation are Eastern Partnership countries as well as countries of migration origin and transit. With regard to accumulated experience in its own relations with these countries, Lithuania primarily provides bilateral assistance to those countries that have signed association agreements with the EU (Ukraine, Georgia, and Moldova). As a member of EU, UN and OECD Lithuania takes part in international development efforts and provides multilateral development assistance through obligatory and voluntary contributions and payments to the funds and international organisations and provides humanitarian assistance.
The Department of Development Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is responsible for the implementation and coordination of Lithuanian development cooperation policy.
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In order to ensure the proper implementation of the Law on Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid of the Republic of Lithuania, The strategic directions for Development Cooperation 2022-2025 were approved.