The Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Neris Germanas attended an informal meeting of EU Ministers Responsible for Development on 11 September in Tallinn, which focused on further cooperation between the European Union and middle-income countries.
Lithuania’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has allocated EUR 10,000 in humanitarian aid to the International Committee of the Red Cross for Sierra Leone. In 2017, Lithuania allocated EUR 220,000 in humanitarian aid for persons affected by conflicts and natural disasters in Ukraine, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria, Mali and Sri Lanka.
On 4 September, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Neris Germanas met with the Grand Hospitaller Dominique de La Rochefoucauld-Montbel and Ingo Radtke, Secretary General of Malteser International, the worldwide relief agency of the Order of Malta. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss cooperation opportunities in the fields of humanitarian aid and development cooperation.
Russia’s aggression against Georgia shook the world in August 2008. The war has claimed hundreds of lives, while Russia has seized a part of Georgia’s territory. Thousands of people have become internally displaced persons. They were forced to leave their homes and are not yet able to return.
On 4 May, Aleksandras Stulginskis University and the public institution “African studies and consultations” signed implementation agreements for Lithuania’s bilateral development cooperation projects at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania. The two institutions will implement projects in the two countries of Sub-Saharan Africa – Mali and Nigeria.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania allocates EUR 20,000 in humanitarian aid for Yemen and Syria, EUR 10,000 to Nigeria and EUR 10,000 to help South Sudan.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania has allocated EUR 40,000 in humanitarian aid to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to help Iraq. Another EUR 20,000 will be channelled through the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF).
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania has allocated EUR 20 thousand in humanitarian aid to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (OHCHR).
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania allocated EUR 20,000 in humanitarian aid to Ukraine, EUR 20,000 to Palestine refugees in the Middle East, and EUR 10,000 to support victims of a hurricane in Haiti.
On 24 October, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius welcomed participants of the International Conference of Constitutional Courts in Vilnius. The conference, which is financed under the Development Cooperation and Democracy Promotion Programme of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is dedicated to the enhancing of the role of Constitutional Courts in Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine in ensuring in ensuring the rule of law.
On 10 October, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius along with the Ambassador of Sweden to Lithuania Maria Christina Lundqvist and the Ambassador of Ukraine to Lithuania Volodymyr Yatsenkivskyi met with a group of schoolchildren from the Donetsk region, Ukraine, who participate in the development cooperation project that is co-funded by Lithuania and Sweden.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania calls to submit concepts and applications for the implementation of the projects of Development Cooperation and Democracy Promotion Programme in 2017.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania has allocated EUR 30,000 in humanitarian aid to Afghanistan.