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21/09/16 - The European Union increases its support for Basotho affected by the severe drought pdf - 277 KB [277 KB]

The European Union has increased to 5.5 million euros the support provided under the EU's humanitarian aid budget for those Basotho most affected by the severe drought.

Press Release: Climate Change Awareness Day

14/09/16 - Press Release: Climate Change Awareness Day pdf - 355 KB [355 KB]

The 'EU Climate Change Awareness Day' held in Lesotho was organised to coincide with the 'EU Climate Diplomacy Week' (12 - 18 September).

12/09/16 - European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR): 2016 Global Call for Proposals

The global objective of this call for proposals is to support civil society in its actions to support the protection and the promotion of human rights and fundamental freedoms worldwide. The  five key areas to be supported are namely: (1) Support to women Human Rights Defenders and/or Human Rights Defenders working for women's and girls' rights where they are the most at risk (2) Support to civil society actions fighting against torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment (3) Support to the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (4) Support to the rights of persons belonging to minorities and persons affected by caste-based discriminations (5) Support to addressing impunity and to transitional justice

  • 15/08/16 - The EU Delegation celebrates International Youth Day pdf - 437 KB [437 KB]

    The EU Delegation and other development partners celebrated International Youth Day under the theme 'The Road to 2030: Eradicating Poverty and Achieving Sustainable Consumption and Production'. Read a case study on how Leutsoa Khobotlo, 26, decided to explore opportunities in vegetable farming and overcame various challenges to become the proud founder and owner of GreenLife Farm which produces vegetables throughout the year.

  • 11/08/16 - Launch by civil society implementing partners of three projects funded under the 'European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights' (EIDHR) pdf - 161 KB [161 KB]

    Remarks by EU Ambassador Michael Doyle at the launch of three projects being implemented by Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), funded under the 'European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights' (EIDHR). A total of 1 million Euros (approximately 15 million Maloti) in EU grant funding was provided to the three CSOs to carry out projects on democratisation and human rights in Lesotho.

  • 10/06/16 - EU signs Economic Partnership Agreement with Southern African countries

    The EPA is a development-oriented agreement and is the first of its kind with an African region pursuing regional economic integration.

  • 08/06/16 - The EU supports a National Civic Education programme in Lesotho pdf - 211 KB [211 KB]

    The European Union has mobilised 3 million Euros under the European Development Fund (EDF) for a new civic education programme in Lesotho entitled Participatory Initiative for Social Accountability (PISA).

  • 09/05/16 - Europe Day speech 2016 pdf - 390 KB [390 KB]
  • 28/04/16 - EU supports building of ecological toilets in 40 schools pdf - 673 KB [673 KB]

    Stories from the field: Read on how the EU is working with Technologies for Economic Development (TED) to improve the sanitation situation in schools around Lesotho."The new toilets are clean and they do not smell, we take care of them and clean them." 'Matiisetso Khemane, 13 years.

  • 07/04/16 - Call for proposals: Engaging civil society in Pan-African issues

    The call for proposals aims to improve the contribution of civil society organisations to continental decision - and policy making processes in Africa, in particular in the areas of Good Governance & Democracy, Human Rights, Peace and Security and Women's rights. The call targets CSOs or not-for-profits associations in Europe and Africa and fosters a multi-stakeholders approach (NGOs, think-tanks/research institutes, media organisations, youth- and youth-led organisations, women’s organisations).

  • 06/04/16 - Joint Press Release on EU support to address land erosion in Lesotho pdf - 283 KB [283 KB]

    Losing an estimated 4,500 tonnes of fertile top soil per hour carried away in rivers flowing into South Africa, Lesotho faces immense challenges concerning land degradation and soil erosion. Overgrazing by livestock and uncontrolled gathering of woody biomass for fuel further contributes to these challenges. The EU is supporting Lesotho to address land erosion through Integrated Catchment Management.

  • 06/04/16 - Joint Press Release by the European Union Delegation, the Water Commission and the Department of Water Affairs on EU support to address land erosion through Integrated Catchment Management in Lesotho pdf - 283 KB [283 KB]

    Losing an estimated 4,5000 tonnes of fertile top soil per hour carried away in rivers flowing into South Africa, Lesotho faces immense challenges concerning land degradation and soil erosion. Overgrazing by livestock and uncontrolled gathering of woody biomass for fuel further contributes to these challenges. The EU is supporting the government of Lesotho to address land erosion through Integrated Catchment Management (ICM).  

  • 22/03/16 - Statement by the High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini on the occasion of World Water Day 2016
  • 15/03/16 - EU mobilises two million euros in response to the drought emergency in Lesotho pdf - 58 KB [58 KB]
  • 08/03/16 - Joint Statement on International Women's Day pdf - 75 KB [75 KB]

    Joint Statement made by HRVP Federica Mogherini and the EU Commissioners on International Women's day.

  • 02/03/16 - Decision by the EU not to pay Budget Support to Lesotho pdf - 274 KB [274 KB]

    The EU has reached a decision not to disburse the pending Budget Support payments, totaling 26.85 million euros in grant funding to Lesotho.

  • 29/02/16 - Sébastien RIES from Luxembourg - EEAS JPD pdf - 3 MB [3 MB]

    Meet our JPD, Sébastien Ries from Luxembourg, who joined the delegation in August 2015. Sébastien's work has ranged from political monitoring, human rights to climate change.

  • 25/01/16 - European Union provides support for human rights and democratisation projects in Lesotho pdf - 290 KB [290 KB]

    The EU Delegation to Lesotho has awarded three civil society organisations with grants funded under the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR). Signing these contracts on behalf of the EU, Ambassador Michael Doyle stated that "human rights are at the core of the EU's values and we remain committed to supporting efforts to strengthen democracy, respect of human rights and the rule of law in Lesotho."