The European Commission has confirmed its commitment to making education more equal and of a higher quality in the Development agenda beyond 2015 through continued financial support, during a High level event in Brussels on 23 May. Development Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs, announced that at least 20% of the 2014-2020 aid budget is foreseen for human development and social inclusion, education being a main component of it.
The European Commission is presenting its views on how migration and mobility can contribute to inclusive and economic social development and how to strengthen global cooperation in this area. The Commission Communication “Maximising the Development Impact of Migration” will provide the basis for a common position of the EU and its Member States at the High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development, organised by the United Nations General Assembly on 3-4 October 2013.
The EU will provide some €37 million to strengthen the fight against piracy in several Eastern and Southern African countries through support for the Programme to promote Regional Maritime Security (MASE). In the past decade, the level of maritime insecurity in the region’s waters has become the highest in the world, undermining development and affecting the wellbeing of millions of people.
Entitled “Together for a New Mali”, this high-level event is organised jointly by the European Union and France in close collaboration with Mali. The event aims to give a big boost to the development priorities of the Sahel country which has been hit by drought, hunger and conflict.
Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, today announced that the European Union will further support the justice system and police force in Somalia with €44 million. The pledge was made during the Somalia conference in London, which aims to provide support for the Government of Somalia as they rebuild their country after two decades of conflict.
The European Commission has announced that it will support Malawi in its efforts to reach the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) related to water and sanitation. The new programme will be focussed on the most vulnerable population in 15 districts and 7 cities, who have limited access to water and sanitation.
Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs and Vice President of the Commission Olli Rehn will sign today a Memorandum of Understanding between the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the EU to further enhance their cooperation, with the aim of improving the economic and social development of the Latin American and Caribbean countries.
London was yesterday the scenery of a very important event: a conference on Somalia, co-hosted by the UK and Somalia, and attended by fifty-four friends and partners of Somalia.
We met at a pivotal moment for Somalia. Last year Somalia’s eight-year transition ended and Somalia chose a new, more legitimate Parliament, President and Government.
Security is improving, as Somali and AMISOM forces, and their Ethiopian allies, recover towns and routes from Al Shabaab. The number of pirate attacks committed off the coast of Somalia has drastically reduced.
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