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Saturday, 20 January 2018

Around 264 million children worldwide don’t go to school. The Education Coalition in France denounces the country’s lack of education focus on development aid programs. EURACTIV France reports. The Education Coalition, uniting 16 civil society organisations, met with Brigitte Macron on Monday (6 November) to discuss the country’s commitment to boosting education abroad. The French president wants to spend 0.7% of the nation’s GDP on development aid by 2030 (and 0.55% by 2022). This means an increase of at least €3 billion.

The European Commission has announced a €106 million support package - €46 million in humanitarian assistance and €60 million for development - to directly assist people in Sudan affected by forced displacement, undernutrition, disease outbreaks and recurrent extreme climatic conditions. Some 4.8 million people in Sudan currently need urgent assistance.

Monday, 13 November 2017

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders opened on Tuesday 24th October, in the presence of HRH Princess Astrid, a seminar on human rights in the private sector. The topic of the seminar was more specifically the prevention and abolition of child labor in the cocoa supply chain. Cocoa is the main export product of Côte d’Ivoire. Minister Reynders’ speech was followed by other interventions, testimonies and a debate where all parties involved in this topic were brought together.

The European Parliament backed by a large majority the EU budget for 2018 on Wednesday (25 October), earning praise from NGOs for increasing funds for humanitarian and development aid. But the EU Council said it cannot accept all the MEPS’ amendments. MEPs set the overall EU budget for 2018 at €162.6 billion (+1.2% on the Commission’s draft budget) for commitments and €146.7 billion (+0.9%) for payments. In comparison, the Commission proposed setting the total level of commitments at €160.6 billion and payments at €145.4 billion. But member states on 12 July decided to cut the Commission’s proposals by €1.2 billion.

The Ambassador of Italy to Sudan, Fabrizo Fabrizio Lobasso, pointed out that Italy is giving a special concern to the Horn of Africa region, particularly Sudan due to its role in the region. Interviewed by Sudan News Agency (SUNA), he said that Sudan is living up to its commitments and working seriously to enhance its cooperation with the international community. The Italian Ambassador said that Sudan is showing credibility to be a distinguished partner in the international community for protecting stability at the area.