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Ambassador Agnes Oswaha, Director of Human Rights Division, MoFA, Excellencies, other members of the diplomatic corps, representatives of the civil society and media, dear Friends, all protocols observed.
I welcome you to this event organised by the EU Delegation in South Sudan together with EU MS on the occasion of International Human Rights Day 2017. Yesterday, the 10th of December, commemorates the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948.
The Council of the EU today approved the establishment of Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) in the field of defence with the 25 participating Member States expressing their intention to prepare 17 initial projects for cooperation, selected from a list of 50. The projects cover areas such as training, capability development and operational readiness in the field of defence. They include for example a European Medical Command, facilitation of military mobility, a rapidly deployable Crisis Response Operation Core and Cyber Rapid Response Teams.
Since 2008, the EU has provided more than €1.2 billion in assistance to Somalia. The EU’s aid focuses on three sectors: state building and securing peace, food security and education. Abdulkadir Muktar, a Somali Security officer, explains why investing in Somali security is a wise choice for European citizens.