The Council today adopted a set of conclusions concerning the implementation by the EU of the United Nations' 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development, which was established in 2015 and comprises a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Given the horizontal nature of the 2030 Agenda, its implementation requires a cross-policy approach by the EU and its member states. Earlier this year, the Commission published a reflection paper "Towards an ever more sustainable Union by 2030," to which the conclusions are a response.
On 4 April 2019, EU Ambassador Kristian Schmidt launched the European Strategy for a Strengthened Partnership with Civil Society in Myanmar. The new strategy is a follow up to the “EU Roadmap for Engagement with Civil Society in Myanmar (2014-2017)” and seeks to support the creation of an enabling environment for civil society to participate in policymaking and policy implementation processes at the local and national levels.
On 21 March 2019, in the presence of State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, EU Ambassador Kristian Schmidt and Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Planning and Finance U Tun Tun Naing officially launched the education budget support programme of the European Union (EU) in Myanmar. The ceremony was attended by Union Minister of Education Dr Myo Thein Gyi, Union Minister of Planning and Finance U Soe Win, and officials of their respective ministries and the Ministry of Investment and Foreign Economic Relations.
Continued violence in Rakhine and southern Chin States between the Arakan Army and the Myanmar military is causing the loss of lives and a worsening humanitarian situation. Attacks against police posts and civilian authorities and individuals must stop.