The humanitarian crisis in the Africa's Lake Chad basin, affecting parts of Nigeria, Niger, Chad and
Cameroon, continues to worsen due to prolonged violence, insecurity and environmental degradation.
To help the most vulnerable communities, the Commission has today announced new funding of €138
million combining humanitarian and development assistance. This is part of an overall EU aid package
for the region worth €232 million.
The EU Heads of Missions have noted with concern recent examples of interference in the democratic process by law enforcement services – the most recent case being the barring of access to the National Assembly on August 7.
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.
Free, fair, credible and peaceful national elections are one of the pillars of a true democracy. Every vote must count. Every voter must be able to believe in a fair and free election process. Every voter must believe in his or her meaningful contribution to democracy.
The purpose of elections is to allow citizens to select representatives who reflect their will.
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.
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.