Jean Asselborn, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Luxembourg, attended the 21st session of the Executive Council of the African Union held in Addis Ababa on the 12th of July this year. At the meeting Asselborn presented the satellite telecommunications platform Emergency.lu and announced Luxembourg's intention to make the platform available to the African Union. The Executive Council of the African Union brings together the Foreign Affairs Ministers of the African Union Member States. The meeting focused on the situation in the Horn of Africa (Sudan, South Sudan and Somalia) and other topics of common interest.
Emergency.lu is currently deployed at multiple locations in the Republic of South Sudan and in Mali and to speed up real deployment in case of an emergency it is already on standby in Dubai and in Panama. It operates in close coordination with the World Food Programme (WFP) which leads the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster.
This was a great opportunity for Asselborn to express Luxembourg’s support for the African Union and enabled him to present the Emergency.lu initiative to the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Jean Ping.
About Emergency.lu - The Emergency.lu platform is designed to quickly re-establish communications in remote areas isolated by natural disasters or other emergency situations. In the event of a humanitarian catastrophe, Emergency.lu can be airborne within two hours of an alert. Emergency.lu uses satellite capacity that is provided by SES. The platform has been designed and developed as a public-private partnership and has been offered by the Grand Duchy to the international community as a global public good.