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Global Development Goals — Motion to Take Note (11 December 2014)

Baroness Hodgson of Abinger: ...15. The reality of this usually means that their education is finished and their prospects curtailed; many are condemned to a life of domestic servitude. Still, every day globally, around 800 women die in childbirth. This was brought home to me when I visited Mali last week. Mali is one of the poorest countries in the world; it has a very high illiteracy rate and many women are married off...

Soft Power and Conflict Prevention — Motion to Take Note (5 December 2014)

Lord Boateng: ...of hard power. When I think of the chaos and suffering caused in the southern Sahel region of Africa by the application of hard power in Libya—a direct result of which has been the destabilisation of large parts of Mali and the fanning of the flames of dissent in so many countries bordering the Sahel—I think of the readiness with which money was found for it, and of the...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: EU Common Foreign and Security Policy (1 December 2014)

Mark Francois: ...enduring basis, individual personnel or units will rotate through the post, usually on a six month rotation. The number of individuals who have supported operations will therefore be higher. EUTM Somalia This mission started in 2010. Since then the number of UK personnel allocated to it has varied between two and three. It will increase to four in early 2015 and reduce again to three in...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Mali (17 November 2014)

Lord Chidgey: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they plan to take to ensure that development initiatives in Mali are conflict sensitive, inclusive and politically accountable.

Ebola — Question for Short Debate (6 November 2014)

Lord Patel: ...but for Sierra Leone we will probably need 4,800 beds. Currently they have 236. Secondly, we need treatments such as vaccines or drugs. Vaccines are in development; the first is being trialled in Mali and two more—one developed in Canada and another in the US—will start trials soon, but it will be months before we know whether they are effective. There are drugs in development,...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Mali (6 November 2014)

Hugh Bayley: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) HM service personnel and (b) civilians have been seconded by the UK Government to (a) MINUSMA and (b) the EU Training Mission in Mali; and how many such personnel speak both English and French.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Burkina Faso (6 November 2014)

Baroness Anelay of St Johns: Since being appointed in October 2012, the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for the Sahel has devoted much of his time to helping to resolve the crisis in Mali. He has visited most countries in the North and West Africa region, but has not yet visited Burkina Faso in his current role. The then Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department for International Development, the...

[Hugh Bayley in the Chair] — Arms Exports and Controls (30 October 2014)

Tobias Ellwood: ...in Libya and Syria, and that is a massive concern for the Government—and for others. We are concerned about the flow of weapons systems, and the loss of control over what is happening spilling down to Mali, and so forth. The situation reflects the changing circumstances that we must deal with. The hon. Lady also spoke about intrusion software. The pace of the technology that we are...

Written Ministerial Statements — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Foreign Affairs Council and General Affairs Council (29 October 2014)

David Lidington: ...of the border, and local elections in separatist-controlled areas. Other business Ministers agreed without discussion a number of other measures: The Council adopted conclusions on Bosnia and Herzegovina; Yemen; Afghanistan; Sudan and Somalia. The Council approved the 17th progress report on the implementation of the EU strategy to combat illicit accumulation and trafficking of small arms...

Isil: Topical Questions (28 October 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Hugh Bayley: I have just returned from Mali, which continues to face real security threats for al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups. The military commander of MINUSMA says that just 30 bilingual English-French speaking staff officers would make a huge difference to the Malian army’s response to these threats, and the EU training mission says that it needs to continue beyond May of next year. What...

Oral Answers to Questions — Leader of the House: Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict (23 October 2014)

William Hague: We have now started the work on delivering commitments from the June global summit to end sexual violence in conflict. Members of the UK team of experts have been deployed to Mali and to the Syrian borders, and shortly we will also deploy an expert to Iraq.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Sahel (22 October 2014)

Baroness Anelay of St Johns: ...law in the region and to attack Western interests. A group linked to Al Murabitun claimed responsibility for an attack on the UN peacekeeping Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) on 3 October in which nine peacekeepers were killed. On 7 October another peacekeeper was killed in a rocket attack on a MINUSMA base. We are committed to working with our partners...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Mali (21 October 2014)

Caroline Lucas: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his French counterpart on (a) drug and human trafficking and (b) terrorist groups in Mali; and if he will make a statement.

Written Answers — Department of Health: Who Framework Convention On Tobacco Control (21 October 2014)

Jane Ellison: ...), Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lesotho, Libya, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States of), Mongolia, Montenegro, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Troop Deployment: West Africa (20 October 2014)

Thomas Docherty: Last year, the cost that the RAF incurred in supporting the operation in Mali was picked up by an urgent operational requirement, yet an answer last week showed that the cost to RFA Argus had been met by the Department for International Development. Why the difference?

Piracy — Question (16 October 2014)

Lord West of Spithead: ...Abubakar Shekau and ISIL, and now Boko Haram is taking over territory and declaring an Islamic state—then there is the growth of al-Qaeda in the Maghreb and the incidents taking place in Chad and Mali and all those countries. There is Ebola in the west and the enhanced flow of drugs from Colombia into west Africa. Some of these are Commonwealth nations, and we as a nation should do...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Burkina Faso (14 October 2014)

James Duddridge: ...Sahel region. Burkina Faso has demonstrated commitment to ensuring regional stability through its role as a mediator on behalf of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) during the Mali crisis, and as a major contributor to the United Nations Multi-Dimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali. We are working with international partners to make clear to the Burkina...

Business of the House: Iraq: Coalition Against ISIL (26 September 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Jeremy Corbyn: ...to get to Lampedusa. Many of those people are victims of wars throughout the region for which we in this House have voted, be it the bombing of Iraq, the bombing of Libya, the intervention in Mali or the earlier intervention in Afghanistan. We need to give a moment’s thought to where the problems come from. The growth of the Taliban came from 1979, when the west decided to support...

International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill (12 September 2014)

Andrew Mitchell: ...All those things make us safer and more secure in this country. It is hugely in our national interest and that is what the development budget is spent on. One example that is worth mentioning is Somalia. Britain intervened to try to do something about the appalling famine that took place there in 2011. By crowding in the regional powers, the different parties in Somalia and the great...

Bills Presented: Ukraine, Middle East, North Africa and Security (10 September 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Stephen O'Brien: .... With the thinnest of resources in our Foreign Office and intelligence services, and without the aid or contribution of the United States, what lessons might we draw from what happened recently in Mali and the Sahel, where early intervention was able to repel al-Qaeda, which has been the closest to our shores most recently? Does that show that we need a unity of approach, and development,...

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