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Today, the European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy put forward ambitious plans to promote gender equality and women's empowerment through all external action of the European Union.

The 15th Senior Officials' Meeting between the European Union and Thailand took place on 28 October 2020 via videoconference.

Senior Officials discussed a wide range of issues of mutual interest, including recent developments in bilateral relations as well as global and regional issues. Discussions were held in an excellent atmosphere and covered in particular COVID-19 response measures, trade relations, climate change, connectivity, sustainable development and environmental issues, including ocean governance, as well as human rights, migration, and labour issues.

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Today the European Union, along with the United States, the United Kingdom and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees co-hosted the International Donors' Conference in solidarity with Rohingya refugees and countries in the region.

The United States, the United Kingdom, the European Union and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees will co-host a donor conference on 22 October to promote support for Rohingya refugees and host countries.

20/09/2020 - On September 12, I had a videoconference with my fellow foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The European Union shares many common views with this organisation. And in particular the will not to align with China or the US in the growing strategic rivalry between them. We must and will strengthen our ties.

Today the European Union participated in the ASEAN Regional Forum following which the High Representative co-chaired with Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan the ASEAN-EU Ministerial Conference.

Thank you Vivian (Foreign Minister Balakrishnan),

Dear friends, dear colleagues, dear Ministers,

Let me start by thanking Vietnam for assembling us today despite the difficult situation, and Singapore for the work you have done since 2018 as coordinator for EU-ASEAN relations.

WE, the Foreign Ministers of the ASEAN Regional Forum gathered today on the occasion of the 27th ASEAN Regional Forum on 12 September 2020 in Ha Noi, Viet Nam;

NOTING that considerable progress has been achieved in developing and applying the latest information technologies and means of telecommunication;

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