For 1.2 billion people - nearly a fifth of the world's population - access to safe drinking water remains a distant dream. Women and girls are particularly affected - they walk miles every day, fetching and carrying water for their families, which means they miss out on opportunities to work and go to school.
This week we are celebrating World Water Week, which has been the annual focal point for the globe's water issues since 1991. Since 2000, the EU has been committed to meeting the Millennium Development Goal of halving the number of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation by 2015. The EU actions have impact on the ground and make the difference for people in different places on the planet.
World Water Week 2011: Andris Piebalgs reaffirms the EU's fight for water and sanitation for the poorest
As World Water Week (21 - 29 August) gets under way, Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs reaffirms the EU's commitment to meeting the Millennium Development Goal pledge of halving the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation by 2015.
Northern and Eastern Togo was heavily hit by floods in 2011, while the 2008 floods affected rural populations and infrastructures in the Southern country. Food price increased as a result to high transport costs after the destruction of infrastructures. Just in the Northern part of the country, a total of 2,200MT of food was distributed by UN agencies to 65,000 people in November 2008 as aftermaths of floods.
Helping Somalia recover and develop: European Commission to invest extra €175 million in governance, education and food security
Brussels, 05 August 2011 - Today Andris Piebalgs, EU Commissioner for Development announced the decision to step up Europe's long-term commitment to Somalia with an extra €175 million in development assistance. The funds will flow into Somaliland, Puntland and other regions where viable security conditions and minimum levels of governance have already been established, as well as in Central Somalia, where stability is improving and the conditions allow for development assistance to make a difference.
The European Commission confirmed its support to the implementation of the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA) by providing an additional EUR 40 million to the African Union. This brings the EU allocation to APSA to a total of EUR 84.5 million from the African Peace Facility (APF) since 2004. The APSA was established by the African Union (AU) in collaboration with the Regional Economic Communities (RECS) in 2000. Its role is to deal with prevention, management and resolution of conflicts in Africa.