Delegation of the European Union to Zambia and COMESA


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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.

Opening remarks by H.E. Alessandro Mariani

Ambassador of the European Union to Zambia & COMESA

At the Launch of the "Enhancing Local Government Capacity for Development Project"



Honourable Minister of Local Government, Vincent Mwale

Your Worship the Mayor Christopher Kang’ombe, President of the Local Government Association of Zambia

PRESS RELEASE – European Union supports local authorities in three provinces for greater citizen engagement, development planning and service delivery

The Enhancing Local Government Capacity for Development Project was launched by the Minister of Local Government Hon. Vincent Mwale MP on Friday 20 July in Lusaka with the European Union (EU) Ambassador to Zambia, H.E. Alessandro Mariani, and representatives of participating councils, development partners and Government ministries in attendance.

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.




9 July 2018


The Chairman of the Intergovernmental Committee,

Secretary General of COMESA and COMESA colleagues

Senior Government Officials

Members of the Diplomatic Corps

Distinguished guests

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.

In 2017 every 2 seconds one person was forced to flee their home due to war, persecution or violence. With millions of people in need on a record high the European Union continues its work with partners around the world to address the humanitarian challenges and to provide long-term support. Last year, €2 billion of the EU's humanitarian budget was allocated to help displaced people and host communities in 49 countries. And EU Member States have granted protection to more than 538 000 people.

Ten years after the EU's first landmark report on climate change and security, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, will host the high level event Climate, Security and Peace: The Time for Action on 22 June in Brussels. The high level event will bring together ministers, leading international figures, parliamentarians, think tanks and civil society to highlight the ongoing and new threats posed by climate change, consider progress made in making essential policy and operational linkages between climate and security and look at options to drive forward action. You can join and follow all the discussions using the hashtags #united4climate and #climadiplo