The EU will host tomorrow 20 March a pledging conference to rally the support of the international community for biggest ever investment project in Gaza: the Gaza Central Desalination Plant. The available water in Gaza is among the lowest in the world and 97% is unfit for human consumption. This project will meet the most urgent water needs providing water for the two million Palestinians living in Gaza, contributing to the environmental sustainability and economic development of Gaza. The Donor Conference will be opened by the Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn. In the afternoon, the EU will also host the annual spring meeting of the international donor coordination group in support of the Palestinian economy, the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC). Since 1993 the AHLC has served as a key policy-level coordination mechanism for financial assistance to the Palestinian people, with a purpose of preserving the vision of a negotiated two-state solution. A press point with High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini and Norwegian Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide will take place ahead of the meeting at approximately 13:15 at the VIP corner. Here the full media advisory for the AHLC. Audiovisual coverage for both events will be available on EbS.
- Publication date
- 19 March 2018
- Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations