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Statement by the European Commission and the High Representative on International Migrants Day 2018

Brussels, 17 December 2018

On the occasion of International Migrants Day on 18 December, the European Commission and the High Representative made the following statement:

The candidacy of Ms Catherine Geslain-Lanéelle for the post of Director General of the Food and Agriculture Organisation, was submitted in Rome on Monday 17 December 2018. The next Director General will be elected by the 194 Member States of the Organisation during its 41st Conference in June 2019. Ms Geslain-Lanéelle from France was identified as the EU candidate by the Council of the European Union on 15 October 2018.

As part of our contribution to the commemoration of the '16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence,' The Women Solidarity Incorporated (WOSI), a local women NGO with support from the EU on December 5, held an awareness session for 25 traditional zoes in Bong County on the human rights and health implications of the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM).

The role of traditional authorities is critical in ending FGM and the traditional zoes highlighted the importance of their involvement as the main drivers of efforts to end FGM and other harmful traditional practices against women and girls.

On this day, 70 years ago, the Member States of the United Nations came together to adopt the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This step brought the world together after the greatest tragedy in human history. We have come a long way since then.

The European Union and its Member States have progressively put in place a comprehensive external migration policy and strengthened the work along the Central Mediterranean route. Saving and protecting the lives of migrants and refugees, breaking the business model of smugglers and traffickers and providing legal pathways, while addressing the root causes of irregular migration and forced displacement are at the very heart of the EU's policy.

The European Union Delegation to Liberia is looking for a qualified applicant for the position of Infrastructure Coordinator within its Administrative Section.

Stop violence against women: Statement by the European Commission and the High Representative on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Today we stand united in our determination to protect and to promote the rights of all children everywhere. These rights are universal, indivisible and inalienable. Every single child has the right to grow up in a safe and nurturing environment – free from any form of violence, abuse, harassment or neglect. It is our collective task to do everything we can to ensure that these rights are respected and ensured for every child, everywhere.

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