Key elements of the joint statement issued on behalf of 53 ASEM partners:
• Recognition that combating the COVID-19 pandemic needs concerted international cooperation, with transparent and timely sharing of accurate information.
• Agreement that government measures in response to the pandemic “should protect and not undermine human rights”, avoid stigmatisation and protect those in vulnerable situations.
• Acknowledgement that tackling the pandemic requires international cooperation to accelerate the development and delivery of vaccines, diagnostics and treatments, which is considered a “global public good for health”.
• Welcoming the adoption of the 73rd World Health Assembly Resolution on COVID-19 in its entirety. This resolution includes the need to evaluate lessons learned from the world’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
• Keep disruption to international trade to the minimum while observing public health and safety considerations.
• Commitment to a sustainable post-COVID-19 socio-economic recovery, based on the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
“The virus does not distinguish between continents, borders, nationalities or ethnicities”. In the first ministerial statement on COVID-19 embracing the two continents, Foreign Ministers from Asia and Europe stress the transboundary nature of the pandemic and the interconnectedness between their countries. Those in vulnerable situations must be protected, including tackling violence against women and children. The pandemic should not be allowed to increase stigmatization, nor worsen existing inequality.
04/09/2020 - On Tuesday, I visited Libya, meeting the authorities of the war-torn country. Shortly after the ceasefire understanding announced on 21 August, the aim of the visit was to explore further support the EU can provide to implement this ceasefire and help resolve the Libyan conflict. There is a glimmer of hope that we need to build on.
• EU bank to invest €650 million in Kanpur city rail in its second biggest operation outside the EU to date
• EIB will finance a 32.4 km metro line with 18 elevated and 12 underground stations, as well as acquisition of rolling stock
• Total EIB investment in connectivity projects in India and green infrastructure is now €2.6 billion
• Kanpur metro rail system will improve safety of commute, especially for female travellers
30/08/2020 - Le Journal du Dimanche - This summer has not been a restful one. From the explosion in the port of Beirut to the seizure of power by the army in Mali, the war in Libya, the tensions caused by Turkey in the Eastern Mediterranean, the presidential elections in Belarus, and the alleged poisoning of a Russian opposition leader, our neighbourhood has been constantly on the brink of conflagration. But what is the relationship between these events? At first glance, there is none. On closer inspection, however, they all bear witness to the emergence of powers intent on reviving memories of great empires of the past.
The European Union attaches the highest importance to cooperation with India in the area of clean energy and climate action. Both are working towards a clean energy transition, to become less dependent on energy import and to increase energy security, as well as the reliability and affordability of the energy supply.
The new EU Consensus on Development stressed the need to build partnerships around the world to help implement the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development, to develop innovative engagement through a broader range of cooperation, addressing the multiple dimensions of the pledge to 'leave no one behind'.
The European Union and its Member States have a comprehensive partnership with India going back more than fifty years. There is no sector of the economy and no aspect of society, which has not been enriched by our exchanges. The EU and India collaborate closely on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and in fighting climate change.