Food is the essence of life and yet it is something that we may take for granted. The COVID-19 global health crisis has made us rethink the things we truly cherish and our most basic needs. One of these is food. Preserving access to safe and nutritious food is an essential part of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, especially for poor and vulnerable communities, hit hardest by the pandemic. The EU is committed to tackle global hunger and contribute to the accomplishment of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 2: ZERO HUNGER
15/10/2020 - Last week, together with Commissioner Janez Lenarčič, I travelled to hand-over anti-COVID-19 material to the African Union Centre for Disease Control; to discuss with our African Union counterparts how to strengthen the EU-AU partnership in a post-pandemic world; and to underscore our support for the on-going reforms in Ethiopia, at a difficult moment.
The European Union takes note of the resignation earlier today of the President of the Kyrgyz Republic, Sooronbay Jeenbekov, after the recent invalidation of the parliamentary elections in the country.
Within the framework of the EU CBRN Centres of Excellence Initiative, the Regional Secretariat for Central Asia (CA) and the Regional Secretariat for South East & Eastern Europe (SEEE) have conducted their third Interregional Webinar dedicated to “COVID-19 Laboratory Diagnostics and Virology” on 14 October 2020.
The European Union takes note of the invalidation of the results of the 6 October Parliamentary elections by the Election Commission of the Kyrgyz Republic. The EU also notes the concerns raised by Kyrgyz citizens and the international community about possible procedural flaws during the designation of the new Prime Minister. These concerns should be clarified.
The EU has been battling for the implementation and respect for human rights, and the global abolition
of death penalty remains a prominent priority. We celebrate the European and World Day against Death
Penalty by reaffirming our strong stand against capital punishment.
08/10/2020 - This Wednesday, we discussed in the European Parliament the dramatic situation in Venezuela. The country suffers from a deep political crisis with enormous humanitarian consequences. In recent weeks we have been trying to help create the minimum conditions for free and fair legislative elections. So far, the Maduro government has refused to postpone them. However, I will continue to work for a democratic solution which is the only way out.
06/10/2020 - We need to strengthen our ties with Africa, a young and dynamic continent. First and foremost, in order to get to grips with the current crisis, and that will be the purpose of my visit to Ethiopia this week. But also in a more structural way to jointly foster economic development which is green, digital and fair on our two continents.
On Sunday 4 October, parliamentary elections took place in the Kyrgyz Republic. The European Union takes note of the declaration made today by the Central Electoral Commission that the results of the elections are not valid.
The EU calls on all political forces in the country to act within the framework of the constitution and to settle their disagreements peacefully. We look forward to new credible, transparent and inclusive elections, in line with Kyrgyzstan’s international commitments and the democratic rights of its citizens, being organised.
Biodiversity and Nature are essential for all life on the planet. Biodiversity plays a critical role for sustainable development and human well-being. Biodiversity can also reinforce peace when putting in place inclusive management of natural resources, respecting indigenous rights, combatting wildlife trafficking or promoting international dialogue around shared resources. In one of his first speeches as EU High Representative, Josep Borrell had stressed that "Today, land and natural resources management is one of the most critical challenges the world is facing."