As the crisis in the Horn of Africa deepens, the United Nations has warned that all of southern Somalia could slip into famine in the next two months. Hundreds of thousands of lives have been lost already, and many more are at stake, yet the international community remains slow in its humanitarian response.
Efforts have begun in Brussels by the Mission of Eastern Caribbean States to ensure that the European Union’s broader development agenda reflects the specific structural vulnerabilities of Caribbean Small Island Development States (SIDS).
Com4Dev is an e-network, intended to service business in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) states. It is financed by the European Union and will allow ACP businesses to build a community of like-minded companies, professional associations, donors and public organisations free of charge. Last week, Com4Dev was officially launched in Accra.
France welcomes South Sudan’s admission to the African Union (AU), making it the 54th African member state of the AU. The African Union plays an essential role in the promotion of peace and security in Africa, in particular in Darfur and Somalia where it has deployed peacekeeping missions with the support of the United Nations. The AU has also done remarkable work in preparing South Sudan’s independence and in negotiating with Sudan’s government, mainly due to the high level panel of the African Union on Sudan led by South African president Mbeki.
During his stay in the European capital, Mali’s foreign minister Soumeylou Boubèye Maïga had useful and fruitful conversations with the high representatives of the EU responsible for development, security and anti-terrorism. The first high-level conversation came on Tuesday, when the foreign minister was received by the executive director of the European External Action Service (EEAS) which is considered the diplomatic arm of the EU.