Delegation of the European Union
to the United Nations - New York

Libyans deserve...

13/11/2018 - 09:29
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Libyans deserve to live in a peaceful, stable and secure Libya, as High Representative Federica Mogherini repeated several times. The EU is actively engaged in achieving these goals together with the international community, the Libyans and by supporting the UN and the efforts of the Special Representative of the Secretary General Ghassan Salamé.


Libyans deserve to live in peace


The EU firmly supports the implementation of the UN Action Plan on Libya to help the Libyans end the transition through an inclusive political process.  With its convening power and diplomatic efforts the EU supports Special Representative Salamé's work and helps to address the immediate needs of the Libyans and to realise their goals and aspirations.

Two and a half million Libyans have registered this year to vote, showing their desire to turn the page from years of conflict. More than 70 town-hall meetings have been organised across the country with support of the EU to help gather the Libyans to discuss their countries future. Active citizenship of women and young people has also been highly promoted.

"The Libyan people have the right to choose their representatives safely and freely through the ballot box," said High Representative Mogherini in September.

For this reason, the EU has been supporting and will continue to to support the capacity building of the High National Election Commission as well as the refurbishment of their offices after the heinous terrorist attack earlier this year. Equally important, the EU is actively engaged in developing the capacity of civil society organizations so that they can participate effectively in the political transition. Civil society is a key actor of the democratic transition process and the EU helps them co-ordinate at national level and work better on a variety of areas, from sustainable development to human rights, so that civil society organizations can be an actor for change and a reliable partner on the ground to deliver services to the population.



Libyans deserve a better future


The EU invests in young Libyans supporting their access to education, vocational training and job opportunities.

In order to access the job market, Libyans need support to develop their skills and knowledge through better access to non-formal and vocational education. Together with civic education, recreational and cultural activities, the programs promoted by the EU support the social inclusion of Libyan young people and the stabilization of the country.

Job opportunities for Libyans are being created across the national territory, entrepreneurship is promoted and assistance for Small and Medium Enterprises is offered with the aim of developing Libya's economic growth. 

Real go-getters have also received help, with more than 500 entrepreneurs trained on how to create a start-up and secure funding with boot camps in 10 partner universities across Libya.


Libyans deserve to live in security


In partnership with civil society and national authorities, the EU helps Libyans to create a safe and secure environment for the reconstruction of the country.

Demining and educating the population on the risks of mines, unexploded ordnance and other hazardous remnants of war is a key activity in order to make the population's daily environment safer.

EU civilian- and military CSDP missions/operations play an important role together with the Libyan authorities in reinforcing the country's security. For instance, EUBAM Libya focuses on border management but works also on law enforcement and criminal justice while EUNAVFOR MED Op Sopia has proven a key component of the EU's response to contribute to the improvement of maritime security in the Central Mediterranean and the ongoing building of an effective Libyan coast guard capacity.  Through other EU instruments training is provided to police and army engineers in public safety activities. Activities include mentoring and supporting CSOs providing activities to youth and women that foster well-being, resilience and that mitigate the risks of armed violence.

In conflict areas, the EU works to restore primary health care services and support access to essential health care for victims of the conflict including deployment of mobile clinics, access to medical supplies, emergency war surgery, physical rehabilitation and prosthesis.

In addition to that, the EU provided food assistance and other essential support to meet the most pressing humanitarian needs of vulnerable Libyans displaced by the conflict.


Libyans deserve a normal life

Delivery of public services in Libya has always been largely run centrally by the state. When in 2011 the regime fell, service delivery was severely hampered.

Libya's municipalities stepped up in the midst of the political crisis to ensure the distribution of basic services - from water to waste management - with essential support and expertise coming from the EU.

Through several programmes, the EU helps strengthening local authorities' capacities to serve the citizens, providing access to basic services including for vulnerable groups. The programme aims to create local stability, to increase community security and to help the local economy to recover through job creation programs and livelihood opportunities.

Some 1 million people across Libya are already benefiting from the rehabilitation of critical infrastructures such as schools, universities, health centres and other crucial community services.

Improving access to essential healthcare to ameliorate the daily life of Libyan citizens is also a priority for the EU. Several programs have been launched to support maternal health, blood transfusion services, nurse training, mental health and non-communicable disease prevention.

Mental health services and care of gender-based violence survivors are also key issues that are being tackled in a country where more than half of the population suffers from trauma.