High-Level European Union Official & UNDP Representative visit Al Alamein Primary School and take stock of mine action project at the North West Coast

Apr 13, 2017

The European Union (EU) Director-General (DG) for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations Christian Danielsson and the UNDP Resident Representative Richard Dictus visiting Al Alamin Primary School. UNDP Egypt/Fatma Elzahraa Yassin

The European Union (EU) Director-General (DG) for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations Christian Danielsson and the UNDP Resident Representative Richard Dictus visited the 'Support to the North West Coast Development and Mine Action Plan' project activities, expressing their support to the demining process and the development of the North West Coast.

The project is a joint partnership between the EU, the Ministry of Investment and International Cooperation, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), implemented by the Executive Secretariat for the Demining and Development of the North West Coast. Through the 4.7 million Euros grant funded by the EU, the project helps clear mines, reintegrate mine victims into the society, improve livelihoods, and create mine risk awareness in the community.

"The Al Alamein conflict played a vital part in the course of the second world war. But a vast amount of unexploded ordinances were left behind. Until today, they remain a major risk for the local communities of the area and for the development of the North West coast" Christian Danielsson said. He added that "the support provided by the EU to clear the land, to raise the awareness of the population, especially children, about the risks, and to help the victims of mines, is a token of our clear commitment to Egypt's sustainable development".

During the visit, the EU DG for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations Christian Danielsson and UNDP Resident Representative Richard Dictus met with students of the Al Alamein Primary School and attended a mine risk education session as part of the project’s awareness campaign. The school visit was followed by a meeting at the Army Field Battalion where they witnessed a live demining demonstration. 

UNDP Resident Representative Dictus said during the visit: "We are very pleased to welcome Mr. Danielsson and happy to witness together the development on the ground. UNDP and the European Union have a long standing and strong partnership. Through our joint partnership with the Egyptian government, we supported the clearance of thousands of acres from the dreadful mines.” He added that “we are working on opening new horizons for development; the project helped improve livelihoods and the cleared lands have been used for housing and agricultural projects. All our work is to ensure sustainable development for all."

Contact information

For more information, please contact:

Ayman Elsherbiny, Press & Information Officer, EU, ayman.elsherbiny@eeas.europa.eu

Fatma Elzahraa Yassin, Communications Analyst, UNDP Egypt, fatma.yassin@undp.org

Hala Rafaat, Executive Secretariat for the Demining and Development of the North West Coast, hala@egyptmineaction.com