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Our annual EU-U.S. foreign affairs contest invites undergraduate students in the United States to present and defend transatlantic policy initiatives before transatlantic experts. The 2020 edition of the Schuman Challenge will take place virtually on 28-30 October 2020.

The Sahel is facing a lethal combination of security, humanitarian, and political crises. Since the start of 2019, violent events across Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger have resulted in nearly 10,000 fatalities. Ongoing extremism, climate change, and food insecurity have additionally forced more than 2.5 million people to flee their homes. Local governments are struggling to address the insecurity, and political challenges are mounting. In mid-August, the Malian military ousted President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita after months of protests calling for his resignation.

October 10 is World and European Day Against the Death Penalty. To commemorate this date and raise awareness around the issue of capital punishment in the United States, the European Union, in partnership with the German Presidency of the EU Council, the Death Penalty Information Center and Witness to Innocence, invite you to a virtual screening of the film "Just Mercy."

Around the world, countries are undertaking fiscal stimulus in order to accelerate their recovery from COVID-19. In some locations, governments are integrating into their stimulus programs investments designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other pollution, increase clean energy innovation, create jobs, and provide climate solutions. This event will focus on so-called "green stimulus" in several settings around the globe -- in the United States, in the European Union, and in developing countries including those across sub-Saharan Africa.

Infrastructure is a key foundation stone and a powerful driver of economic growth and resilience. The Three Seas Initiative (3SI) was launched by twelve EU member states situated between the Baltic, Black, and Adriatic Seas to accelerate the development of cross-border energy, transport, and digital networks. On October 19, Tallinn will host the next Three Seas Summit convening top leaders from Central Europe, the European Union, the United States, and Germany.

As the world plans to re-emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, EU and US leaders are working to ensure that environmental justice is central to the recovery. With agricultural systems accounting for nearly one-third of global greenhouse gas emissions, the success of climate action policies depends on more environmentally, socially and economically sustainable agriculture, soil policies and food supply chains.

Join us for a conversation with the French, German, and EU ambassadors as they discuss the future of Europe.


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