Source: European Parliament |

Preferential tariffs to help Western Sahara to develop

It guarantees that products coming from the Western Sahara can be clearly tracked, to make sure the benefits of the lower tariffs go to the local population

Western Sahara will enjoy preferential trade tariffs on its exports to the EU; origin of products will be traceable; agreement allows region to develop even before a political solution is found On Wednesday, Parliament backed a proposal to lower tariffs in the territory of Western Sahara to the same level…

Source: United Nations Information Centre - Cairo |

UN Refugee Chief meets Egypt President and Secretary General of the Arab League

The meeting covered several local, regional and global issues in light of Egypt’s role as Chair of the African Union (AU) in 2019

Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, met with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi on 14 January during an official two-day visit to Egypt. During the meeting, Mr. Grandi expressed UNHCR’s appreciation for Egypt’s hospitality towards refugees and asylum-seekers, more than 242,000  of whom are registered with UNHCR in Egypt.…

Source: The Economist Newspaper Limited |

Groundbreaking Study highlights responses to Sexual Violence Against Children

‘Out of the Shadows Index’ evaluates how countries are addressing child sexual abuse and exploitation

Child sexual abuse and exploitation happen everywhere and are pressing concerns for both wealthy and developing countries alike, according to a first-of-its-kind research programme, Out of the Shadows: Shining light on the response to child sexual abuse and exploitation. Developed by The Economist Intelligence Unit ( with support from the…

Source: Embassy of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, London, UK |

Ireland’s Taoiseach Leo Varadkar visits Ethiopia

The Irish Prime Minister met with Irish NGOs working in Ethiopia and attended a reception with the Irish community in Ethiopia

Leo Varadkar, Taoiseach (Prime Minister) of Ireland arrived in Ethiopia for a working visit on Tuesday (January 8). During his visit, Mr Leo Varadkar held talks with Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed on bilateral, regional and international matters. The Prime Minister also paid a courtesy call on President Sahle-Work Zewde…

Delegation of the European Union to Sudan
Source: Delegation of the European Union to Sudan |

Statement by the Spokesperson on the ongoing protests in Sudan

The implementation of much-needed political and economic reforms remains crucial to address grievances expressed by the population of Sudan

The response by the government of Sudan to the continuing protests in various parts of the country such as the use of force by security forces against civilians - including the use of live ammunition - has led to further casualties over the last few days. Furthermore, teargas has been…

Òmnium Cultural International
Source: Òmnium Cultural International |

Catalan political prisoner Jordi Cuixart still in Madrid jail

NGO Omnium Cultural calls for release of leading cultural figure, offers Spain "chance at proving itself"

In a backpage message in the January 4th edition of the Financial Times,  Omnium Cultural made a plea to the international community to support its efforts to free cultural icon and pacifist Jordi Cuixart, who was arrested in October 2017 and has still not had his day in court to…

Source: The Federal Council, Switzerland |

Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis to visit three southern African countries in first visit to the continent

Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis, Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), will visit Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa next week during his first trip to Africa

The main goals of the trip are to strengthen economic and political relations with these three southern African countries, including by signing an agreement on air transport with Zambia, and to visit projects supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), particularly in the field of HIV/AIDS prevention…

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Source: European External Action Service (EEAS) |

Different tasks, one common objective: The EU putting civil-military cooperation in practise in the Horn of Africa

For the EU, cooperation with the regional countries leading to more security and stability is thus of great importance

The Horn of Africa is an area of intensive maritime trade, as well as a centre of migratory routes towards Europe. For the EU, cooperation with the regional countries leading to more security and stability is thus of great importance. This is why the EU deploys a naval military operation…

Source: World Food Programme (WFP) |

In a year of deepening hunger, World Food Programme (WFP) reaches a record 5 million people in Democratic Republic of Congo

Assistance was provided in the form of commodities and cash, and specially fortified foods for the treatment and prevention of acute malnutrition

With widening violence, largescale displacement, poor harvests and endemic poverty nearly doubling the number of acutely food insecure people in DRC this year to 13.1 million, the World Food Programme (WFP) significantly expanded its operations, reaching a record 5 million, a twofold increase from 2017. Building on a surge in…

Source: UNICEF Ghana |

New Loan Scheme to improve Household Sanitation

There are approximately four million households in Ghana who do not have a toilet for exclusive use by their family

Today, the Environmental Sanitation and Health Directorate under the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources, UNICEF and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands have launched an innovative and affordable loan scheme for people living in urban areas to build their own household toilet. The new Sanitation Fund –…