Biodiversity is the root of all life, both on land and below water. It has an impact on human health, providing the air that we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, natural disease resistance, medicines, as well as climate change mitigation. The emergence of COVID-19 has proved that when we destroy biodiversity, we destroy the system that supports human life. Nature is sending us a message. Aptly, this year’s theme for World Environment Day is biodiversity – a concern that is both urgent and existential. Protecting nature and reversing degradation to ecosystems is at the heart of the EU Green Deal and is the rationale for the new EU biodiversity strategy for 2030.
Businesses, NGOs, government agencies, international organisations, researchers, academics and other stakeholders are currently called to have their say in a possible review of the legal framework governing the EU's Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP).
Myanmar, one of the most biodiverse countries in the world, is facing serious threats from deforestation, pollution, wildlife crime, and climate change. To raise awareness of these pressing environmental issues and the importance of protecting Myanmar’s biodiversity, the European Union is launching “Doh Gabar” (Our Earth), a six-week multimedia digital exhibition featuring the creative works of Myanmar visual artists, celebrities, and eco-champions.
"During this period, my factory was closed and I had no income. So, I worked in farming but it does not cover my family needs. Meanwhile, this Myan Ku support can solve my family’s basic needs.”
Eaindra Htet, garment worker
Garment workers who have lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic are receiving financial assistance through a €5 million [7.9 billion MMK] European Union emergency cash fund, “Myan Ku”. Since 1 May, the “Myan Ku” initiative has distributed payments to a growing number of recipients, today reaching 12,913 individuals and 1,041,000,000 MMK in payments. Recipients include over 11,000 women factory workers from Yangon, Pathein, Mandalay, Bago, Magway Region and elsewhere across the country.
In a more challenging global environment, the European Union needs to step up its actions to enhance its ability to preserve peace, prevent conflicts, and strengthen international security. By proposing a new European Peace Facility (EPF) the European Union is taking on more responsibility as a global security provider.
The European Peace Facility is a proposed off-budget fund for the duration of the next Multiannual Financial Framework, designed to prevent conflicts, preserve peace and strengthen international security around the world, for the benefit of our citizens and our partners and their populations.