Joint statement by EU High Representative Federica Mogherini and UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict Virginia Gamba on the occasion of the International Day against the Use of Child Soldiers
Every girl and woman has the right to live a life free of violence and pain. And yet, more than 200 million women and girls across the world have been forced to undergo the painful and traumatic practice of Female Genital Mutilation, including 500,000 living in Europe. Millions more girls are at risk of being cut: 68 million girls in 25 countries by 2030.
The EU and New Zealand are like-minded partners. They share the same view and approach on many global issues.
Both support democracy, the rule of law and human rights and are active players in multilateral organisations such as
the UN and WTO. They tackle key global challenges such as climate change, sustainable development, and protection
of the environment. They work together in development cooperation and fight against terrorism.
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.
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.
Inaugural Irish Ambassador Peter Ryan is the guest speaker at the NZ Institute of International Affairs lecture on 26 November 2018 in Auckland. His lecture is titled 'A View of the World from Dublin'. The Republic of Ireland has seen challenges and changes; Ireland also cherishes its connections with New Zealand. The nations have overlapped in their colonial history of the 19th and 20th centuries, agriculture and high technology, concern for indigenous languages, population makeup, and support for multilateral institutions. Each now has an Embassy in the other.
The Netherlands Embassy, NZ Minister Damien O’Connor and Riddet Institute are honoured to co-host a public talk by Prof.di.ir. Louise O. Fresco on “Towards A Circular Agriculture: A Dutch Perspective” on 4 December. Louise Fresco is the President of the Executive Board of Wageningen University & Research. She is a globe-trotting advisor on sustainable agricultural and a leading food expert. In addition, she is a passionate fiction books writer. Dutch Ambassador Mira Woldberg will MC the event.