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Delegations will find attached the Council conclusions on the Horn of Africa/Red Sea as adopted at the 3628th meeting of the Council on 25 June 2018.
Council Conclusions on the Horn of Africa/Red Sea
On 26 February 2017, the Council adopted conclusions on EU priorities at United Nations human rights fora in 2018.
On Monday 16 October 2017 the Council adopted the EU Annual Report on Human Rights And Democracy in the World in 2016.
2016 was a challenging year for human rights and democracy, with a shrinking space for civil society and complex humanitarian and political crises emerging. In this context, the European Union showed leadership and remained strongly committed to promote and protect human rights and democracy across the world.
I. Candidate countries and potential candidates
The Horn of Africa comprising Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda covers approximately 5.2 million square kilometers with more than 65% of the land receiving less than 500mm of rainfall annually. This region is home to over 217 million people with diverse and rich culture, resources and opportunities which have enabled them to harness livelihoods over the years.
UN Secretary-General, WBG and IsDBG Presidents, and other Agency Heads Visit Region to Link Peace Efforts with Economic Progress
Summary: 6 February 2014, Brussels - Millions of girls and women all over the world are still at risk of being subjected to FGM, and particularly in developing countries. The EU has repeatedly shown zero tolerance for this practice, and today we are proud to do it once again, louder than ever.
Food prices have shown a declining trend in recent months thanks to good 2011 meher season harvests, but have recently started going up and remain above prices of one year earlier and have recently started going up.
Food security conditions have generally improved; however an estimated 3.2 million people remain in need of humanitarian assistance, mostly in southern pastoral areas and in northern and north-eastern Belg producing zones.
Brussels, 06 March 2012 - An innovative EU and UNICEF project has helped thousands of families, communities and countries to change attitudes and end harmful traditional practices like female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) in Africa, says a report on the EU funded project ahead of International Women's Day. As a result of education and awareness raising, girls in thousands of communities in Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Senegal and Sudan are no longer subjected to this practice.
Piracy in the Western Indian Ocean has been a growing threat to security, international shipping and development since the mid-2000s. While bearing all aspects of organised crime, piracy is a complex issue that can only be overcome by combining political and diplomatic efforts with military and legal action, development assistance and strong international coordination.
Brussels, 8 December 2011
The Council today appointed Mr Alexander Rondos as EU Special Representative to the Horn of Africa.
3124th FOREIGN AFFAIRS Council meeting
Brussels, 14 November 2011
The Council adopted the following conclusions:
Cereal prices continue to rise and are nearly reaching the levels of the 2008 food crisis. Negative terms of trade for pastoralist have worsened the already dire food security situation.
The estimated number of people requiring emergency assistance continues to increase and has reached 4.8 million. Agencies report a humanitarian emergency.
UNHCR is providing emergency aid to some 260,000 refugees who are crossing daily the Ethiopian border to escape starvation, war and insecurity in neighboring countries.
Emergency aid should be rapidly scaled up to prevent any further worsening of humanitarian conditions in the Horn of Africa, say MEPs in a resolution passed on Thursday. Extra funds are needed to pay for food aid, healthcare, clean water and sanitation for 13 million people in Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Eritrea and Djibouti hit by conflict and the worst famine in 60 years.
Catherine Ashton, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission, made today the following statement: "Faced with the worst droughts in 60 years, over 12 million people in Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia,
Eritrea and Djibouti are in urgent need of food, water and shelter. The situation is grave, and it is a moral obligation of the international community to offer its help.
Cereal prices have started to decline in recent months, however they are still higher than pre crisis levels.
Political situation remain tense following parliamentary elections on the 23rd of May and displacement from Somalia and Eritreacontinues to be a major problem.
An estimated 5.23 million people need food assistance through 2010 and concerned agencies are worried over very high foodinsecurity levels.
The government is assisting the population with emergency interventions, the national safety net programme, and subsidizedwheat sales to urban consumers.
Adverse weather during the 2009 main crop season, coupled by massive displacement and economic constraints, affected foodsecurity condition in the country.
The political tensions with neighbouring countries remain high with increasing numbers of IDPs fleeing to Ethiopia.
Concerned agencies expect the already fragile food security situation to further deteriorate to an extremely alarming problem of hunger.
The government is taking steps to invest in agriculture.
COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION
Brussels, 8 December 2009
The Council adopted the following conclusions:
" 1. The Council attaches importance to the EU's relationships with the countries of the Horn of Africa, underlines the potential of the region and reiterates the EU's commitment to further deepening these relations. It declares the EU's readiness to support the region in meeting its challenges, in close cooperation with the countries concerned as well as with regional and international partners.
La Commission a proposé aujourd'hui la création d'un «programme européen commun de réinstallation». Ce programme vise à faire de la réinstallation dans l'UE un instrument plus efficace de protection des réfugiés, en renforçant la coopération politique et pratique entre les États membres. Cette initiative concerne la réinstallation dans un État membre de réfugiés se trouvant dans des pays tiers .
What is resettlement and why is it needed?
A large majority of refugees worldwide find themselves in places far away from the EU. They are to be found in countries neighbouring, or in the same region, as their country of origin, in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. By the end of 2008, developing countries hosted 8.4 million refugees, 80 per cent of the global refugee population, with Pakistan alone hosting 1.8 million refugees and Syria 1.1 million. As host countries are often developing ones, with limited resources, they cannot integrate large numbers of refugees.