Everyone is born free and equal in dignity and rights. On the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT), the European Union reaffirms its strong commitment to respect, protect and promote the full and equal enjoyment of human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons.
Another year of quasi-confinement did not stop the EU and all its offices around the world from marking Europe Day in all its glory with several innovative activities online to touch all our senses! Shades of blue and yellow adorned landmarks worldwide, the sound of music filled our homes, and our eyes feasted on an array of photographic exhibitions and movie screenings. Our brains were also put to the test with a number of quizzes, and kids enjoyed online games to their hearts’ content. Our taste buds also thanked the chefs who offered online cooking classes, and we even got to go on a trip to space!
At the invitation of the League of Arab States, the Sixth Meeting of the Libya Quartet was held on 20 April 2021 between the League of Arab States (LAS), the United Nations (UN), the African Union (AU) and the European Union (EU).
Three new grants to support the work of IGAD in the promotion of peace and stability in the Horn of Africa have been formally launched today. The grants amounting to EUR 4.2 M are part of the EU Trust Fund programme “IGAD Promoting Peace and Stability in the Horn of Africa Region (IPPSHAR)” supported by the European Union (EU), ADA (Austria Development Agency), the Netherlands and Sida (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency).
The African Union (AU), the European Union (EU); Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the United Nations (UN) are highly concerned by the situation in Somalia. In this regard, a virtual meeting was held on 9th April 2021, with participation of Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu, Executive Secretary of IGAD; H.E. Amb. Bankole Adeoye, AU Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security; H.E. Amb. Rita Laranjinha, European Union, Managing Director for Africa; and H.E. Rosemary DiCarlo, United Nations Undersecretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs.
The African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security, Ambassador Smaïl Chergui, the President of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) Commission, Ambassador Gilberto Da Piedade Veríssimo, the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, Jean‑Pierre Lacroix, and the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, together spoke by video conference with the President of the Central African Republic, His Excellency Mr Faustin‑Archange Touadéra, on 2 March 2021.
In today’s world marked by major geopolitical and economic power shifts, multilateralism is the most effective mean to govern global relations in a way that benefits all. Growing global challenges, such as COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, conflicts and extreme poverty in many parts of the world, make all too evident the need for multilateral cooperation grounded on basic principles of international law and universal values.
In light of these challenges and opportunities, the European Commission and the High Representative are putting forward a set of policy proposals for a new multilateral agenda to deliver for all in today’s complex world.