CELEP meeting on pastoralism for European Parliament delegation in Sudan
On 25–27 March 2014, a delegation of the European Parliament visited Khartoum. Three Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) who are in the Development Committee – Ricardo Cortés-Lastra (Spain), Filip Kaczmarek (Poland) and Fiona Hall (UK) – exchanged views with their Sudanese counterparts and government officials. In the past year, CELEP had worked intensively with the MEP Fiona Hall in drafting the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA) resolution on pastoralism, which was approved in November 2013 at the JPA session in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. During the MEPs’ visit to Khartoum, the European External Action Service (EEAS) delegation and CELEP organised a meeting on pastoralism in Sudan. This gave an opportunity for representatives from local Sudanese pastoralist organisations and international non-governmental organisations that are members of CELEP to discuss issues about pastoralism with the European Parliament delegation and the local European Commission representatives. The Sudanese Minister of Livestock, Fisheries and Pastures was also invited. As Sudan is a country with a significant number of pastoralist people, CELEP was pleased that such a meeting could be held during the MEPs’ visit to raise awareness – especially in the European Parliament and Commission – about pastoralism in Sudan and elsewhere in Eastern Africa. A short report on the meeting can be found here: Report on meeting of MEPs and CSOs in Sudan.