Ambassador of the European Union, H.E. Alessandro Mariani
Opening Ceremony of the Photo Exhibition
National Museum, Lusaka
4 May 2016
I am delighted to be here today at the National Museum in Lusaka to inaugurate a Photo Exhibition of projects financed by the European Union in Zambia which are part of the vibrant development partnership between Zambia and the European Union. All these photos were taken by colleagues at the EU Delegation and by colleagues from partner organisations in charge of the implementation of the projects.
I wish to thank the Hon. Minister of Finance who joined us today as guest of honour and let me say to all of you that we are honoured by your participation at today’s event. Your participation is for us an important acknowledgement and recognition for the development work jointly done over the years.
This photo exhibition, inaugurated in the framework of the 1st Europe Week in Zambia, has several purposes:
Firstly, it provides an opportunity to showcase in very tangible terms what we have been doing in terms of development country-wide. On many occasions a photograph can capture and say in a more immediate way the essence of what we have been doing and help us in communicating it to a wider audience. We hope that the photo exhibition which we are going to inaugurate today may serve this purpose.
Secondly, it provides an opportunity to illustrate a variety of development initiatives which have proved to make a positive difference in the development of Zambia. It serves as a reminder for all stakeholders involved of the efforts and investments made across different sectors from democratic governance initiatives,ambitious infrastructure and energy projects,health, economic livelihoodinitiatives, and agriculture;
And thirdly, there is a celebrative aspect of the exhibition which is also a key element of this event. This exhibition is a way to say thank you to all partners of the European Union in Zambia. None of the achievements which are being showcased today could have seen the light of the day without the energy, commitment and determination of all the partners that have teamed up with the EU Delegation and the EU Member States in recent years to ensure that the EU resources were able to have developmental impact in Zambia. We therefore wish to thank Representatives of the Government of Zambia, public institutions, Representatives from Civil Society Organisations, Representatives from private sector, Cooperating international partners, and obviously the EU Member States who have fully supported this initiative.
Last, but not least, this exhibition demonstrates the EU’s commitment to meet the Sustainable Development Goals, the successor of the Millennium Development Goals. And when I say "EU", I include both the EU Institutions and the EU Member States. By way of a short reminder, on 25 September 2015, the 193 countries of the UN General Assembly adopted the 2030 Development Agenda consisting of 17 new global goals. These goals provide the focus for those of us who work in development and guide us on what we should be aspiring to: ending poverty and hunger, improving health and education, making cities more sustainable, combating climate change, to name but a few;
The European Union is determined to play its part to win those challenges and that is why the exhibition is organised in such a way that the projects being showcased reflect a corresponding SDG illustrated by some cartoon imagery.
Ladies and Gentlemen, that is all I wanted to say by way of introduction. I should only add that this photo exhibition is going to become an itinerant one as we are planning to move it to some main regional centres in Zambia towards the end of the year. Please take your time and look around, enjoy the photos which have explanatory notes alongside them and do not hesitate to ask questions to my colleagues who will be available to discuss in more detail should you wish.
Thank you. Zikomo Kwambiri