21 October 2016, New York – European Union briefing on the Central African Republic by H.E. Ms. Joanne Adamson, Deputy Head of Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations at the United Nations DPKO.
Mr. Deputy Secretary-General, the EU is grateful for your initiative. Allow me also to extend a welcoming word to Ambassador Amboisine Kpongo, Ambassador Abderrazzak Laassel, Mr. Jean-Christophe Carret as well as to the SRSG Parfait Onanga-Anyanga. Today’s meeting clearly illustrates the joint commitment from all our organizations around the CAR Government’s efforts.
Like you have just pointed out, Mr. Deputy Secretary-General, the Brussels Conference aims at mobilising the international community in order to generate political support and concrete commitments to support the CAR authorities’ ambitious agenda to achieve peace, security and reconciliation across the country, as well as to promote development and economic recovery.
The EU High Representative/Vice President Federica Mogherini and the President of the Central African Republic, Professor Faustin Archange Touadéra, will jointly chair the conference, which will be attended by ministers and high-level representatives from international organizations.
Also on the EU side, Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica and Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides will also take the floor.
The United Nations and the World Bank are key partners in this exercise and we are all fully mobilised to generate both political and financial support to the Government’s agenda for recovery and peace-building, at this crucial phase of the CAR transition.
Emerging from violent conflict, the Central African Republic has made impressive progress in the last three years with the support from the international community. The peaceful and successful organisation of elections has completed the political transition in CAR and restored constitutional order. With a new government with a clear mandate to lead the country to stability and recovery, there is now a historic window of opportunity. CAR and its people have a unique possibility to break free from the cycle of fragility and crises and to contribute to the stabilization of the region.
Although progress has been impressive and the international community can praise the results, more needs to be done and CAR is not yet in a position to handle the huge challenges ahead exclusively on its own.
CAR needs to show leadership, but the challenges also require strong support from the international community: The dependency syndrome should be avoided, but it is too soon to look away and move to another crisis.
The national Government has committed to an ambitious reform agenda. The Deputy Secretary-General already referred to the Plan for Reconstruction and Peacebuilding for the next 5 years. The programme includes key reforms, as important as a DDRR strategy and a much needed SSR, a justice reform and a Special Criminal Court with mobile court hearings to end the tradition of impunity, a strategy for the return of displaced people and a National Human Rights Commission.
Now CAR’s international partners need to do their share by providing additional support to help implement this Plan, which has been costed at just over $3 billion.
The Brussels Conference will be a key moment to raise the visibility of the situation in CAR on the international agenda and to draw together additional commitments by partners.
The EU itself has already mobilised considerable amounts for the CAR since 2013 – including the EU’s first multi-donors trust fund (Bêkou) whose activities have benefitted 500.000 people – and furthermore, we foresee pledging a considerable amount at the Brussels conference in November. The UN and the World Bank have also provided important assistance and will commit to further support.
But despite our mobilisation, complemented by other bilateral partners, many needs are still not met. We need the mobilisation of more partners, in political and financial terms, to help CAR consolidate its transition.
Your ministers have been invited to take part in this key event in Brussels on 17 November. I would like to underline the importance the EU attaches to a high-level attendance from your country as well as your possible additional contribution.
Several and awareness raising events are being organised in Brussels, New York, Washington as we are trying to reach out to all partners.
If we join forces, we can make a difference.
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