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    • L – R: Katelijne Bergans, Deputy Director General Belgian Immigration Office; Laura Palatini, Chief of Mission IOM Belgium & Luxembourg; Ridha Ben Mosbah, Ambassador of Tunisia to the Kingdom of Belgium; Amel Ben Salah, Consul of Tunisia to the Kingdom of Belgium; Paola Pace, Deputy Chief of Mission, IOM Tunis. Photo: IOM
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Belgian-Backed Labour Migration Initiative boosts Employability of Tunisian Youth

Launched in March 2018 and running through October 2019, the project Enhancing Tunisian Youth Employability through Professional Internships in Belgian Companies

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) supported 31 Tunisian students and university graduates with concrete opportunities to build up their skills and increase their chances of finding an adequate job, or to create their own opportunities through a 20-month project linking Belgium and Tunisia. Launched in March 2018 and running through October 2019, the project Enhancing Tunisian Youth Employability through Professional Internships…

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    • Chairpersons of the GGF Investment Committee and Technical Assistance Committee visiting the GGF-supported Phoenix subproject at the Benban Solar Park, Egypt
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Green for Growth Fund (GGF) attracts EUR 4 million in new catalytic funding for climate action in Middle East North Africa (MENA) region

GGF has seen remarkable growth in its MENA investment portfolio, which increased by over 50% in volume in 2018 to cross the EUR 133 million mark

Climate Action in the Middle East North Africa (CAMENA) invests EUR 4 million in the GGF to attract private capital for helping the region fight climate change; together with EUR 5 million EIB investment, the contribution further strengthens GGF’s capacity for financing and promoting green energy measures. The Green for…

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Building Shelters for Vulnerable Displaced Persons in Burkina Faso

These shelters approved by the Burkinabe authorities conform to the Sahel Shelter prototype developed by the Luxembourg Red Cross

The upsurge in violence in the country and insecurity in Burkina Faso’s Sahel, Centre-Nord, Nord, Boucle du Mouhoun, and Est regions have triggered an unprecedented humanitarian emergency. As of June 2019, nearly 220,000 persons were displaced, a number that has tripled since December 2018. By the end of the year, this…

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World Food Programme (WFP) and Luxembourg join forces to boost Emergency Telecommunications in Emergencies

On 8 July, Paulette Lenert, Luxembourg’s Minister for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Action, and Rehan Asad, WFP’s Chief of Staff witnessed first-hand the impact of this partnership

The ability of humanitarian responders to communicate and exchange information in emergency settings is vital to ensuring lives are saved, and that the needs of disaster-hit communities are met rapidly and effectively. The Government of Luxembourg’s partnership with the World Food Programme (WFP) and the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) demonstrates…

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    • Macomia district, in Cabo Delgado, Mozambique, has been hard-hit by Cyclone Kenneth, which made landfall on 25 April. OCHA/Saviano Abreu
    • A woman carries her baby through a resettlement site for people displaced by cyclones outside Beira, Mozambique. (28 May 2019). UNICEF/Karel Prinsloo
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‘Nothing left to go back for’: UN News hears extraordinary stories of loss, and survival as Mozambique rebuilds from deadly cyclones

As people struggled to recover, a second devastating monster storm - Cyclone Kenneth hit the northern provinces of Cabo Delgado and Nampula, affecting more than 400,000 people

As UN Secretary-General António Guterres arrives in the southern African nation of Mozambique on Thursday for a two-day visit, he will be surveying the damage wrought by the deadly back-to-back cyclones earlier this year. UN News reports from the ground, on some of the extraordinary stories of loss, courage, survival and recovery,…

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    • European Investment Bank (EIB) to support EUR 4.5 billion new business, social, energy transition and sustainable transport investment
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European Investment Bank (EIB) to support EUR 4.5 billion new business, social, energy transition and sustainable transport investment

This includes investment that addresses challenges facing female entrepreneurs in Poland and across Africa, supports lease financing in Italy, backs venture capital in Liberia and Sierra Leone

EUR 1.6 billion support for private investment, including for women and rural communities; upgrading thousands of schools and expanding long-term care provision; financing renewable energy, energy efficiency and clean transport. The European Investment Bank (EIB) approved a total of EUR 4.5 billion of new financing that will tackle investment gaps…

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Stand, Speak and Rise Up! all together for survivors

The European Development Bank (EIB) invests in many fragile environments – countries with ongoing violence

The EIB supports and participates to “Stand, Speak and Rise up!”, the international conference on sexual violence in fragile environments taking place on 26 and 27 March 2019 at the European Conference Center in Luxembourg, at the initiative of the Grand Duchess of Luxembourg and her Foundation. The conference aims to…

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    • UNICEF / Prinsloo | A mother feeds her 2-year-old son at the Samora Machel school where they were brought after their homes were destroyed and flooded in Buzi, Mozambique
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‘Revved up climate action’ needed to counter ‘prolonged’ and deadly storms like Cyclone Idai: Guterres

The Secretary-General has convened a Climate Action Summit this September

Cyclone Idai and the mounting death toll is “yet another alarm bell about the dangers of climate change” UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Tuesday, warning that vulnerable countries like Mozambique, would be hit the hardest unless urgent action is taken by nations across the world. “Such events are becoming more frequent,…

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Human Rights Council concludes Annual Meeting on the Rights of the Child with a Panel Focusing on Good Practices in Including Children with Disabilities in Education Settings

Hear Address by the Prime Minister of Somalia

The Human Rights Council this afternoon concluded its annual full-day meeting on the rights of the child with a panel discussion on including children with disabilities in education settings: good practices and accountability. At the beginning of the meeting, the Council heard a statement by Hassan Ali Khayre, Prime Minister…

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Human Rights Council holds high-level panel on the death penalty, in particular with respect to the rights to non-discrimination and equality

The panellists were Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Nepal; Melinda Janki, Director of the Justice Institute Guyana; and Fatimata M’Baye, Lawyer and Co-Founder of the Mauritanian Human Rights Association

The Human Rights Council this morning held its biennial high-level panel discussion on the question of the death penalty, with a focus on human rights violations in the context of the death penalty, in particular with respect to the rights to non-discrimination and equality.   Coly Seck, President of the Human…