29 September 2014, Brussels - The EU is today launching the first three development projects from the EU multi-donor trust fund for the Central African Republic (CAR). The “Bêkou” fund (which means “hope” in Sango, the country’s main language) was created in July by the European Commission, with the support of France, Germany and the Netherlands. The projects will ensure better access to health for 760,000 people, create jobs and rehabilitate damaged infrastructure in the capital, Bangui, as well as empower women and work towards their economic inclusion.
25 September 2014, New York – "The most pressing concern on all our minds today is Iraq, Syria, the wider Middle East. We also must work together to help the affected countries.
Iraq’s new government, aiming for inclusive leadership, deserves everybody's full support – and certainly has ours. But the crisis cannot be resolved without a political solution for Syria. We owe it to the close to 200.000 victims, to the millions who have had to flee their homes.
It is quite simply a catastrophe, one of the international community's biggest failures.
25 September 2014, New York – However, funding is not enough. It is essential that we ensure that humanitarian aid and international assistance reach the areas affected. We need to isolate the disease, not isolate the countries.
Health experts from our humanitarian branch have been deployed. EU mobile laboratories were sent to the region to help with diagnoses and to train laboratory technicians.