Less than two years before the deadline set to achieve international development goals, the European Union (EU) and FAO step up their efforts to reduce world hunger assisting two million people in six countries with agricultural development activities worth nearly €60 million.
Over the last decade, thanks to EU funding, almost 14 million pupils could go to primary school, more than 46 million people were helped with cash or other in-kind benefits to ensure their food security, and over 7.5 million births were attended by skilled health workers, saving the lives of mothers and babies. These are just some of the new results published today by the European Commission on how it has helped reduce global poverty and supported the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), improving the lives of millions of people.
The EU Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, will take part tomorrow in a seminar in Guyana to discuss future development cooperation under the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) (which will run from 2014-2020) for the Caribbean region.
EU Commisioner for Development Andris Piebalgs attends today the Convergences Forum on Post 2015 development framework.
On 16 September 2013, the EU and Somalia will jointly organise a high-level event entitled "A new deal for Somalia" in Brussels. Somalia's eight-year transition ended in September 2012 with the peaceful handover to a new Federal Government. Now, the conference aims to sustain the positive momentum in the country and to ensure that it stays on the path to stability and peace, bringing prosperity to its people.
The International Youth Job Creation Summit, hosted at the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills in London on Friday 13th September, is the springboard for action to engage young people in the challenge of solving the youth unemployment crisis over the next decade.
The EU will provide more than €124 million to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), which plays an essential role in supporting Somalia on its path towards stability and lasting peace.
Around 9 out of 10 people now have access to drinking water. The EU has contributed actively to this achievement by providing, between 2004 and 2012, access to drinking water to more than 70 million people in developing countries and improved sanitation facilities to more than 24 million people.