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28 Sep 2018 description
report European Union

The Somaliland Ministry of education, jointly with education partners including the European Union and the Global Partnership for Education, conducted the annual Joint Review of the Education Sector (JRES) on 17-18 September 2018 in Hargeisa. They reviewed the performance of education against the targets of the Somaliland Education Sector Plan 2017-2021, which was being reviewed for the first time. Together, they prepared an action plan for education targets to be achieved in 2019.

Ambitious education targets for 2019

04 Sep 2018 description
report European Union

One of Operation Atalanta’s main efforts is to protect vulnerable shipping carrying World Food Programme (WFP) aid to those who need it the most in Somalia and neighbouring countries. By monitoring, protecting and having a presence in the area we can reduce the likeliness of acts of piracy that threaten this vital aid.

06 Aug 2018 description
report European Union

Recent analyses released by the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) reveal that the number of applications for international protection lodged in the EU+ in June 2018 registered a slight decrease compared to the previous month **_i_**.  Approximately 51 300 applications were lodged in June; about 1 600 fewer than in May, while in the first half of 2018, some 301 390 applications were lodged in the EU+, a 15% decrease compared to the first half of 2017 **_ii_**.

30 Jul 2018 description
report European Union

The Council today extended the mandate of EU NAVFOR Somalia Operation Atalanta until 31 December 2020. The Council also decided to relocate the European Union Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Operational Headquarters from Northwood (UK) to Rota (Spain), and to Brest (France) for the Maritime Security Centre Horn of Africa (MSCHOA) as of 29 March 2019. It appointed Vice Admiral Antonio Martorell Lacave from the Spanish Navy as new Operation Commander to take command from Major General Charlie Stickland on the same date.

28 Jun 2018 description
report European Union

The crews of ITS Margottini and ESPS Meteoro maintain watch 24 hours a day ready to respond to piracy incidents off the Horn of Africa; there hasn’t been one minute where EU NAVFOR sailors have not been on duty over the last 9 years of the operation.

25 Jun 2018 description

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.

ANNEX

Council Conclusions on the Horn of Africa/Red Sea

[Red Sea]

21 Jun 2018 description
report European Union

Two-thirds of all refugees come from just five countries – Somalia, Myanmar, South Sudan, Afghanistan and Syria. EU NAVFOR joins the United Nations Refugee Agency in recognising World Refugee Day, to commemorate the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of refugees.

Since the start of Operation Atalanta in 2008, EU NAVFOR has protected over 1.7 million tonnes of World Food Programme (WFP) aid shipments that have supported Somali refugees. Protecting vulnerable vessels in the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden is one of our key mandated tasks.

07 Jun 2018 description

The United Nations, African Union, European Union, Inter-Governmental Authority on Development, Ethiopia, Italy, Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States welcome the significant outcomes of the June 3-5 National Security Council meeting in Baidoa, capital of South West State.

29 May 2018 description
report European Union

The challenges

Despite major improvements, Somalia still has one of the world’s lowest school enrolment rates and poverty remains the main reason for parents not to send their children to school. Access to education in rural areas is another challenge and gender inequalities are found throughout the education system. Only a quarter of the female population and half of the male population is literate and pastoralist communities are particularly disadvantaged. 60% of teachers lack formal training and are paid poorly and irregularly.

26 May 2018 description
report European Union

Supporting productive and private sectors development

Somalia is still emerging from the effects of a long civil war, political-social conflicts and extended drought. Despite this, the economy, mainly based on traditional primary productive sectors, is growing. Through the National Development Plan, the New Partnership Agreement and the Economic Recovery Plan, the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) has set out an ambitious agenda of reforms needed to support the economy.

20 Feb 2018 description

The Somalia Drought Impact and Needs Assessment (DINA), a process led by the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) and Federal Member States (FMS), with technical and financial support by the World Bank (WB), United Nations (UN) and European Union (EU), aims to reduce the country’s vulnerability to climate shocks, strengthen resilience and significantly reduce the future risk of famine in Somalia.

20 Feb 2018 description

The Somalia Drought Impact and Needs Assessment (DINA), a process led by the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) in partnership with the Federal Member States (FMS), the World Bank (WB), United Nations (UN) and European Union (EU), aims to reduce the country’s vulnerability to climate shocks, strengthen resilience and significantly reduce the future risk of famine in Somalia.

20 Feb 2018 description

This drought impact and needs assessment (DINA) was conducted using remote sensing technology to validate findings. This DINA goes beyond determining the damages, losses and resulting needs; it aims for a multi-sectoral, phased recovery strategy focused on strengthening resilience to future disasters and effectively preventing the cyclical risk of famine.

14 Feb 2018 description
report European Union

United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) ship MV Esbjerg safely arrived in Mogadishu on 11th February 2018 under the protection of EU Naval Force’s Lithuanian Autonomous Vessel Protection Detachment (AVPD).

23 Jan 2018 description

Over 1.1 million people of the Somali population live in protracted internal displacement. Another one million Somalis are in displacement in neighbouring countries and more than one million people have been displaced since November 2016 due to drought and conflict, bringing the total displaced population to approximately 30% of the current estimated population of Somalia.

20 Dec 2017 description
report European Union

EASO publishes a Country of Origin Information (COI) report on security situation in Somalia

Today, the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) published a Country of Origin Information (COI) Report entitled ‘Somalia security situation’. The report is the third EASO COI report on Somalia, and provides an update of the EASO COI report on Somalia security situation, published in February 20161.

24 Oct 2017 description
report European Union

Following the 14th of October terrorist attack, EU Naval Force personnel have been deployed to Mogadishu, Somalia in order to support the victims affected by the recent bombings.

23 Oct 2017 description
report European Union

The intervention is part of the €50 million RE-INTEG Programme and promotes durable solutions for 26,600 people displacement affected community members in South West State of Somalia, including those affected by the drought.

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.

09 Oct 2017 description

Mogadishu, 9th October. High-level technical experts from around the world have met this weekend in Mogadishu to kickstart a Government-led Drought Impact Needs Assessment (DINA), which will identify the drivers and impact of recurrent drought, and outline long-term solutions that can prevent famine as a result of drought.