Reinforcements needed in CAR to restore peace and security: Ban

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) with Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, during the fourth European Union-Africa Summit in Brussels . UN Photo/Evan Schneider

Reinforcements are needed "right away" in the Central African Republic (CAR), the Secretary-General told participants at the fourth European Union-Africa Summit in Brussels on Wednesday.

The Summit brings together African and European Union (EU) leaders, as well as leaders of EU and African Union Institutions.

The debates focus on peace, security, trade, migration and climate change.

Mr. Ban Ki-moon reminded the delegates that it was the world's collective responsibility to respond.

Meanwhile, he also highlighted some areas for future cooperation between the EU and Africa.

"We must focus on the vital need to empower women and gender equality, and ensure that the voices of young people are heard. We must advance on food and nutrition security and ensure that we leave no one behind. I know these are key elements in your post-2015 work as well as the African Union Agenda 2063. Of course, we must also address climate challenge, the defining issue of our time."

The Secretary-General urged European leaders to agree on a climate package that confirms a 40% emissions reduction by 2030 and fulfils the EU's climate finance commitment to developing countries.

Stéphanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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