Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Malawi

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Statement by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini and Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides on the World Humanitarian Day 2018

On the International Day for the World’s Indigenous Peoples, we celebrate the contributions of indigenous peoples to the diversity and richness of civilizations and cultures and indeed to our common heritage. It is also a day where we take stock of the many achievements in the recognition and realisation of their rights and identify the actions that the world community still needs to take, so that human rights are universally applied without any discrimination.

Tilitonse Foundation has a very important role to play in the governance framework. The six focus areas of the Foundation are critical for governance in Malawi: active citizenship, local governance, gender and social inclusion, economic governance, rule of law and media.

On the occasion of the Day of International Criminal Justice the European Union reaffirms its commitment to the fight against impunity for the most serious crimes and violations of international humanitarian law.

Governance is a priority for both the EU and the Government of Malawi since it is a prerequisite for inclusive development. As you are all aware, democratic governance and the rule of law are reflected predominantly in the Constitution of Malawi, and in the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS).

As part of its External Investment Plan, the EU gave its green light to a package of financial guarantee programmes worth around €800 million on 10 July. This will help to leverage an estimated €8-9 billion in public and private investment in Africa and the Neighbourhood.

The European Union and its Member States have progressively put in place a comprehensive external migration
policy and strengthened the work along the Central Mediterranean route. Saving and protecting the lives of
migrants and refugees, breaking the business model of smugglers and traffickers and providing legal pathways,
while addressing the root causes of migration, are at the very heart of the EU's policy.

Good morning,

I am very pleased to be here today at the Launch of the Pilot on voluntary return and sustainable, community-based reintegration (AVRR), which is funded by the European Union and implemented by IOM.

As you may know, Migration is currently at the top of the EU's external policy agenda.

Good morning,

I am very pleased to be here today for the signature of the new EU support to Social Protection and Resilience (SoSuRe) Programme, for an amount of EUR 50 Million (MWK 43bn).

I) This programme is the EU contribution to Malawi's new National Social Support Programme (MNSSP II), which will be launched in the coming weeks.

Every minute, every day, nearly 31 people are forcibly displaced. Today, more than 68.5 million people have been forced to leave their homes due to conflicts and violence, persecution, natural disasters or the very real consequences of climate change –25.4 million of them are refugees.

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