EU Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, will today announce new financial support for countries in Eastern and Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean for the period 2014-2020. He will take part in discussions on the priorities for funding with Ministers and other authorities of the involved countries and of regional organisations.
The new EU support for the coming seven years will amount to some €7.5 billion (subject to confirmation by the EU Member States) and is expected to support investments that generate growth and job creation for the almost 400 million citizens in the region.
A new programme that will reduce illegal killing of elephants, great apes and rhinos in Africa as well as other species in other regions has today been launched with EU support. The project will receive about €12 million of EU funds to strengthen the monitoring of animal populations and poaching, to provide training and support on law enforcement in the fight against illegal killings, and to establish an emergency response system for sudden increases in illegal killing and trade.
The European Union will today announce new support of €370 million (over US $500 million) for the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis (TB) and Malaria for the period 2014-2016, at a conference in Washington, where donors are expected to set out their pledges for future support to fight against the three diseases. The conference will take place just one day after World AIDS Day.
Healthy and educated children and young people are an opportunity for increasing their country's economic growth. That is why children's rights, such as health, education and social protection, as well as combating discrimination, child labour and human trafficking, are at the heart of EU's Development Policy. Over the last decade, thanks to EU funding, almost 14 million pupils could go to primary school, 18.3 million children under one year were immunised against measles, and over 7.5 million births were attended by skilled health workers, saving the lives of mothers and babies.
Around €1 billion will be made available to support the development efforts of Central Asian countries between 2014-2020, has today announced EU Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs.
You may remember a recent post about the ‘Young Voices Against Poverty’ video contest, launched in the context of the European Development Days 2013, which will take place this month (26-27 November) in Brussels. Well, we finally have the winners from amongst all the people aged 13 – 24 from all around the world who dared to raise their voice and express in a less than 2 minute video how they would fight poverty. Read and comment