Summary: 14 June 2012, Brussels - On 18 June the EU Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, Kristalina Georgieva, and the EU Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, will host a high-level meeting aiming to find long-term solutions to the food and nutrition crises which afflict the Sahel region of Africa.
The event will gather together representatives of the countries of the Sahel, regional organisations, humanitarian and development agencies, non-governmental organisations and donor governments. The objective is to forge a new partnership to build resilience in the Sahel.
The conference will take place in the Commission's Berlaymont building, Schuman Room, between 09:00 and 13.00.
Among the confirmed guests are Valerie Amos, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, AnthonyLake, the Executive Director of UNICEF and Nancy Lindborg, the Assistant Administrator for Democracy at USAID.
At midday on June 18, Commissioners Georgieva and Piebalgs will come to the Commission's daily press conference to brief the media about the outcomes of the conference. The conference will be preceded by a technical briefing by humanitarian and development experts of the Commission on Friday, June 15.
About the European Commission's humanitarian work in the Sahel
Commissioner Georgieva's website
Commissioner Piebalgs's website
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