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17 Oct 2017 description
report European Union

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.

02 Nov 2016 description

The 2015 Comprehensive Food Security and Vulnerability Analysis (CFSVA) was conducted at a time when the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) epidemic started to recede in Sierra Leone. Data was collected using smart phones between September and October 2015, at the end of the “lean season” when the rains are heavy and frequent, roads become inaccessible (limiting people’s ability to access markets) and food stocks become depleted.

07 Jul 2015 description
report European Union

Summary: 6 July 2015, Brussels - Today, European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, co-signed new regional funding for cooperation with representatives of regional organisations from West Africa, covering the time until 2020. The so-called Regional Indicative Programme under the 11th European Development Fund amounts to a total of €1.15 billion.

03 Mar 2015 description
report European Union

1. High-level representatives of the countries affected by the Ebola epidemic in West Africa and their international partners in the fight against Ebola held a Conference in Brussels on 3 March 2015, to consider the additional actions required to end the epidemic and to agree a set of principles to guide the recovery of the region.

09 Dec 2014 description

Summary: 8 December 2014, Brussels - West Africa is currently facing the largest and most complex Ebola epidemic on record. Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone are the most affected countries. The disease has already claimed more than 6 000 lives and has seen over 17 000 cases.

19 Nov 2014 description

Summary: 18 November 2014, Brussels - West Africa is currently facing the largest and most complex Ebola epidemic on record. Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone are the most affected countries. The disease has already claimed nearly 5,000 lives and has seen over 13,000 cases.

24 Oct 2014 description
report European Union

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Ebola

10. The European Council is deeply concerned by the continuing spread of the Ebola virus in West Africa and the increasing number of people infected and dying from it. It commended the work done by the governments of the affected countries and by NGOs in responding to an unprecedented health challenge. The European Council also expressed its deep appreciation for the selfless dedication of health workers in this crisis and for their courage and professionalism.

23 Oct 2014 description
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The European Commission has today announced €24.4 million from the EU budget for urgently needed Ebola research. The funding will go to five projects, ranging from a large-scale clinical trial of a potential vaccine, to testing existing and novel compounds to treat Ebola. The money from Horizon 2020, the EU research and innovation programme, will be provided via a fast-track procedure in order to start work as soon as possible.

16 Oct 2014 description

Summary: 15 October 2014, Brussels - The European Union has been active from the very early stages of the crisis and has so far pledged €180 million of humanitarian and development aid to help the countries affected by the Ebola virus (Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Nigeria).

What is the situation on the ground?

01 Oct 2014 description
report European Union

With more than 6500 people infected and well over 3000 dead at the time of writing, the current outbreak of Ebola virus disease in West Africa is undoubtedly the worst in history. In addition, the indications are, unfortunately, that these shocking figures are vast underestimates. So far, the countries affected are Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal and Sierra Leone

25 Sep 2014 description

Media Note

Office of the Spokesperson

New York City, NY

September 25, 2014

The text of the following statement was released by the Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States and High Representative of the European Union:

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15 Sep 2014 description
report European Union

Summary: 15 September 2014, Brussels - Statement by EU Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, Kristalina Georgieva and EU Commissioner for Health, Tonio Borg, following the High Level Event to coordinate the response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa:

04 Feb 2014 description

Urgent aid to the Central African Republic also discussed at UNICEF Executive Board meeting

NEW YORK, 4 February 2014 – The European Union announced today that it has allocated €320 million ($431 million) through UNICEF to improve the health and nutrition of children and women in 15 developing countries and to help speed progress in meeting the Millennium Development Goals.

04 Feb 2014 description

La question d’une aide humanitaire d’urgence pour la République centrafricaine a également été discutée lors de la réunion du Conseil d’administration de l’UNICEF

NEW YORK, 4 février 2014 – L’Union européenne a annoncé aujourd’hui l’octroi de 320 millions d’euros (431 millions de dollars É.-U.) par l’intermédiaire de l’UNICEF pour améliorer la santé et l’alimentation des enfants et des femmes dans quinze pays en développement et pour permettre d’accélérer les progrès vers la réalisation des Objectifs du Millénaire pour le développement (OMD).

10 Dec 2012 description
report European Union

Today, on 10 December, we celebrate Human Rights Day. Standing up for Human Rights, democracy and the rule of law is the silver thread that runs through EU external relations.

09 Nov 2012 description
report European Union

9 November 2012, Brussels - The European Union will help Sierra Leone reduce child mortality and improve maternal health. A new programme will strengthen health systems and increase the capacity of government and community institutions to deliver quality health services.

04 Oct 2012 description
report European Union

Reference: MEMO/12/741 Date: 03/10/2012

Brussels, 03 October 2012 – Invited by the authorities of Sierra Leone, the European Union will observe the Presidential, Parliamentary and Local Council Elections of 17 November. The Chief Observer of the European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM), Mr Richard Howitt, arrived in Freetown today (3 October) and will introduce the EU EOM at a press conference taking place in Free Town on 5 October.

27 Mar 2012 description

Key Messages

  • Prices stabilized after the new supply of milled rice started reaching markets in January 2012.
  • Food security conditions are generally stable as prices declined and households' food stocks are restored.
  • The political situation in the country is reported as tense as supporters of the ruling party clashed with supporters of opposition parties.
  • The Government is investing in rural infrastructure.