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The European Union will provide 1.96 million euros ($2.3 million) to finance four Paraguayan civil society projects aimed at achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through citizen participation.

The EU ambassador to Paraguay, Paolo Berizzi, said here Monday that the EU funding aims to involve civil society in reaching the SDGs.

The concrete results of these initiatives will be evaluated after three years, Berizzi said.

The $2.3 million comes in addition to the $193 million in aid the EU has already pledged to Paraguay for the 2014-2020 period, the envoy said.

Paraguayan Foreign Minister Luis Alberto Castiglioni celebrated the monetary aid for the independent projects and emphasized that other state administrations must be involved at all levels because the SDGs are "everyone's responsibility."

The proposals that will be receiving the EU funding are directed towards reaching the SDGs in the areas of poverty, gender equality and climate change.

However, the projects are also aimed at increasing the participation of civic organizations and the private sector, as well as creating political policies and actions meant to reach those goals.

One of the projects selected for EU funding is designed to train companies in matters of corporate responsibility with emphasis on environmental and social sustainability.