The European Union announced today financial support of €12 million to help destroy Syrian chemical stockpiles, by contributing to a Trust Fund established by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), recipient of the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize.
The activities covered by this programme include the transport, treatment and disposal of the chemical materials and effluents outside Syria, and will be implemented jointly by the OPCW and the United Nations, in order to secure their safe and environmentally sound destruction.
During his first ever visit to the country EU Development Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs, announced €55 million of new support for Cape Verde during the period 2014 – 2020. The funding will focus specifically on the areas of the fight against poverty, sustainable and inclusive growth and good governance.
The Commissioner will take part in a seminar on renewable energy, during which he will announce a new instrument on energy cooperation which will cover the whole of Africa.
The European Commission will provide €5 million in new funding to accelerate the use of renewable energy in Africa, meet future energy needs and increase access to modern and sustainable energy services on the continent, through the Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP).
EU Development Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs, will announce €195 million for Mauritania in the areas of food security, rule of law and healthcare for the years 2014-2020, during a visit to the country (10-11 February). Discussions are expected to focus in particular on ongoing cooperation between the EU and Mauritania in the areas of security, development and fishing. The Commissioner is also expected to underline the EU’s ongoing commitment to supporting the country on its path to growth and in the key role it has to play in security in the Sahel.
Millions of girls and women all over the world are still at risk of being subjected to FGM, and particularly in developing countries. The EU has repeatedly shown zero tolerance for this practice, and today we are proud to do it once again, louder than ever.
However, progress is being made. For instance, thanks to an EU project with UNICEF in Senegal, over 5,300 communities have abandoned the practice in just under a decade, bringing the country close to becoming the first in the world to declare total abandonment, expected by 2015.
EU Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs has attended the UNICEF Executive Board on the 4 February 2014 in New York, where he has delivered a special address. As part of the visit, the Commissioner has meet with Anthony Lake, Executive Director of UNICEF, with the aim of reinforcing their joint work in helping partner countries to reach the Millennium Development Goals, specifically those related to children. Together, they announced €320 million for projects which will be implemented by UNICEF to improve the health and nutrition of children and women in 15 developing countries.
Le Mali, la France et la Commission européenne organisent aujourd'hui à Bruxelles la seconde réunion internationale de suivi de la Conférence des Donateurs pour le développement au Mali. La première réunion internationale de suivi a eu lieu à Bruxelles le 15 mai 2013 et s'était conclue par l'annonce d'un soutien de 1 350 milliards d'euros pour le renouveau du Mali, dont 523 millions d'euros alloués par la Commission européenne. Neuf mois après, il est temps de se demander où nous en sommes avec ces engagements.