#EDD2017 European Development Days

The 11th edition of European Development Days opens 7-8 June, is focused on investing in development.

Europe’s leading forum on international cooperation and development is the biggest ever with some 7,000 participants to attend. The event’s debates, panels, and special events will provide insights into the most pressing development challenges facing the world, and various approaches to dealing with these challenges.

A key moment of the European Development Days will be the signature of the European Consensus on Development, a strategic document, outlining the future of European development policy. For the first time, the Consensus will apply in its entirety to all EU Institutions and all Member States, who are committed to work more closely together.

During the European Development Days, discussions will bring together Heads of State or Government, business leaders and stakeholders to debate and share new insights into sustainability, inclusivity, peace and prosperity, focusing on the roles of youth, women and the private sector in development cooperation

Among the high level speakers of the event are Her Majesty Mathilde, Queen of the Belgians, Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations Amina Mohammed, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Muhammad Yunus. From the European Commission, the debate will be joined by President Jean-Claude Juncker, together with High Representative/Vice President Federica Mogherini, Vice President Andrus Ansip, as well as Commissioners Neven Mimica, Margrethe Vestager, Vytenis Andriukaitis, and Tibor Navracsics.

A full cultural programme featuring international artists, musicians and filmmakers will complement the event, while the Global Village, with 76 stands, will bring together international stakeholders to share projects.

L’UE: 50 millions pour Sahel

BAMBKO. 50 millions d’euros seront débloqués pour soutenir l’action des pays du G5 Sahel pour améliorer les conditions de sécurité et la coopération transfrontalière, a annoncé l’UE aujourd’hui.

 

Ce soutien contribuera à la mise en place effective de la Force conjointe du G5 Sahel qui incluera des forces du Mali, de la Mauritanie, du Niger, du Burkina Faso et du Tchad et sera opérationnelle dans les cinq pays. Cette initiative vise à renforcer les actions en matière de sécurité, notamment des zones frontalières.

Cette annonce a été faite par la Haute Représentante Federica Mogherini qui participe à la troisième rencontre ministérielle l’UE-G5 Sahel dans le cadre de sa première visite officielle au Mali.

“La stabilité et le développement de la région du Sahel sont cruciaux non seulement pour l’Afrique mais aussi pour l’Europe. Nous sommes voisins et tout ce qui se passe sur l’un de nos continents a un impact sur l’autre. Nous devons unir nos forces pour lutter contre le terrorisme, les trafics de toutes sortes, y compris d’êtres humains, et une meilleure gestion des frontières. La coopération entre les pays du G5 Sahel est la clé du succès pour sécuriser le territoire du Sahel. Notre soutien à la force conjointe annoncé aujourd’hui montre qu’ils peuvent compter sur nous” à déclaré la HR/VP Mogherini. “Garantir la sécurité de la région est aussi une condition indispensable pour le développement de la région. Nous menons en parallèle des actions complémentaires d’aide à la création d’emplois, à la formation ou la santé des populations. Nous allons continuer d’investir dans le développement de l’Afrique, car c’est un investissement sur notre avenir commun.”

Mme Mogherini a ensuite participé à une rencontre avec environ 100 jeunes issus de la région du Sahel, du Maghreb, des groupes de la diaspora en Europe et de jeunes Européens. La discussion a porté sur les opportunités que l’UE et l’Afrique peuvent apporter à la jeunesse et sur la façon de faire de la jeunesse la force motrice du développement du continent.

Cette rencontre s’inscrit également dans le cadre du prochain Sommet Afrique-UE qui se tiendra en Côte d’Ivoire les 29 et 30 novembre prochains, et dont le thème principal sera la jeunesse. (PHOTO:  Abderrahmane SYLLA et Federcia Mogherini, Bruxelles, 19.05.2017)

Faki Mahamat au Parlement européen

La migration, le développement durable, la diplomatie économique ainsi que la jeunesse et les questions de coopération en matière de paix et de sécurité sur le continent devraient être parmi les points soulevés par l’ancien ministre des Affaires étrangères du Tchad, M. Faki Mahamat (illustration).

Plus tôt ce mois-ci, l’UE a proposé un partenariat renforcé avec l’Afrique en matière de paix et de sécurité ainsi que de création d’emplois pour les jeunes sur les deux continents. Le cinquième sommet UE-Afrique aura lieu à Abidjan, en Côte d’Ivoire, en novembre 2017, avec la jeunesse pour thème clé. Le sommet sera une opportunité unique pour les dirigeants africains et européens de remodeler et d’approfondir leurs relations.

Troika “deeply troubled” by conflict in South Sudan

“The members of the Troika (the UK, US and Norway) and the EU are deeply troubled by the ongoing conflict in South Sudan. We echo the concerns highlighted recently by the Chairperson of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat and Chairman of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission President Festus Mogae on increased violence, and strongly endorse their call to end all military operations immediately” – says the statement by the Troika and EU on the security situation in South Sudan.

“Opposition attacks on civilians are disrupting lifesaving aid and commercial trade. Large government offensives in Yuai, Waat, Tonga and Kodok have resulted in even more tragic humanitarian consequences, displacing 50,000-100,000 individuals in recent weeks. Government forces continue to target civilians in violation of the law of armed conflict. These actions stand in direct conflict with the Government’s stated aim of a political solution to the conflict, and severely undermine the prospect of any credible national dialogue. The Troika and EU call on President Kiir to implement immediately his commitment to a unilateral ceasefire as conveyed to IGAD heads of state on 25 March.”

“We continue to underline that there is no military solution to the conflict. The Government of South Sudan must ensure that there is a meaningful ceasefire which shows a genuine commitment to peace and stability, and is not simply a reflection of the fact that fighting is made more difficult by the rainy season. Such a commitment must go beyond simply a cessation of hostilities, and include withdrawing troops; disbanding ethnic militias; helping, not hindering humanitarian assistance; and releasing political detainees.”

EU saving lives in Horn of Africa

A Humanitarian Crisis Meeting on the alarming levels offood insecurity in the Horn of Africa was held in Brussels on 5 April 2017.

The meeting was co-hosted by Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs (EU HR), Mr Sigmar Gabriel, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Germany, and Mr Stephen O’Brien, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator.

The objective of the meeting was to raise awareness and share analysis on the dire humanitarian situation in the Horn of Africa. Urgent and coordinated action is needed by the international community to rapidly and effectively scale-up life-saving humanitarian aid. While the United Nations and humanitarian partners have already intensified their life-saving response, more funding and access is needed.

 

With several million people starving and at risk of famine, the Horn of Africa is in dire need of life-saving humanitarian assistance to prevent recurrence of the famine of 2011 in Somalia. Several countries in the area are affected by conflict and displacement, a situation further exacerbated by consecutive severe droughts. The situation is especially dire in Somalia. Millions are also struggling in Ethiopia and Kenya, despite broad and strong support by the Governments. This poses a serious threat to the stability of the region as well as to the security and development gains achieved over the past years.

Humanitarian organisations warn that millions of people could starve if life-saving assistance cannot be providedrapidly. United Nations has described the currentsituation as dramatic and called for urgent action, including funding and humanitarian access.

Humanitarian partners require more than US$5.6 billion in 2017 for Somalia, South Sudan, North-Eastern Nigeria and Yemen. Of this, more than US$4.4 billion is required for immediate assistance to avert an even greater catastrophe.

The EU High Representative (HR), Germany and United Nations reaffirmed their commitment to support the efforts to assist people in need and recognized the extraordinary work done by humanitarian workers often in very difficult circumstances. The EU HR, Germany and United Nations commended the considerable success some governments in the region have achieved in strengthening drought resilience and recognized the efforts of Governments and humanitarian partners in responding to the crisis.

Humanitarian assistance, however, cannot address the structural deficits and root causes underlying the protracted conflicts and food insecurity. Political solutions as well as a parallel scale-up in longer-term action are needed to prevent a recurrence of the situation.

The EU HR, Germany and United Nations called on all partners to increase support for humanitarian assistance in the Horn of Africa and other crisis areas. The HR/VP, Germany and United Nations stressed that common efforts can only be effective as long as access for the timely delivery of humanitarian aid is granted.

The meeting also served to provide input to the London conference on Somalia on 11 May 2017 and the international meeting “The Berlin Humanitarian Call – jointly against famine” taking place on 12 April 2017 in Berlin.

The meeting was held in the presence of ministerial level representatives from national governments and international organisations, notably several EU Members States, Mr Christos Stylianides, European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid & Crisis Management, Norway, Switzerland, ICRC, FAO, WFP and Norwegian Refugee Council.