On this first International Day commemorating the victims of acts of violence based on religion or belief, we pay tribute to all those around the world who lost their lives and suffered attacks because of their religion or belief. Persecution as a response to religious belief or affiliation, or lack thereof, is a violation of international law and requires joint work to combat it.
As we mark the International Criminal Justice Day, the European Union reaffirms its longstanding support towards the international criminal justice system and in particular its unwavering commitment to the International Criminal Court (ICC), as part of the EU's wider commitment to a rules-based international order.
The Council today adopted conclusions on the EU's priorities at the 74th UN General Assembly(September 2019 – September 2020). These conclusions complements the Council conclusions on strengthening multilateralism which were adopted on 17 June 2019.
The Council today adopted conclusions welcoming the publication of the first joint synthesis report of the EU and its member states on ''Supporting the Sustainable Development Goals across the world'' as an important contribution to EU reporting at the High Level Political Forum in 2019. The Council welcomes the collective contribution of the EU and its member states to the implementation of all Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) across the world, leveraging all means of implementation, in support of the 2030 Agenda.
The Delegation of the European Union to Ghana, in collaboration with the Institute for Democratic Governance (IDEG), organised a successful seminar on Local Governance on 24-25 June 2019. Danish and Italian experts shared European experiences on Local Governance and decentralisation, after which lively interactions followed with policymakers, civil society and the Ghanaian public.
The Head of the European Union Delegation to Ghana, Ambassador Diana Acconcia on 26 June 2019, met with beneficiaries of the Erasmus+ scholarships from Ghana at a sensitisation event in Accra. Thirty-two (32) Ghanaian students were selected this year on the Erasmus Scholarship programme to study in prestigious European Universities.
Most of the students are enrolled for Master's programmes in various fields of study with a few Post Graduate students.