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On the occasion of the Day of International Criminal Justice the European Union reaffirms its commitment to the fight against impunity for the most serious crimes and violations of international humanitarian law.

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As part of its External Investment Plan, the EU gave its green light to a package of financial guarantee programmes worth around €800 million on 10 July. This will help to leverage an estimated €8-9 billion in public and private investment in Africa and the Neighbourhood.

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 migration, are at the very heart of the EU's policy.

Every minute, every day, nearly 31 people are forcibly displaced. Today, more than 68.5 million people have been forced to leave their homes due to conflicts and violence, persecution, natural disasters or the very real consequences of climate change –25.4 million of them are refugees.

In 2017 every 2 seconds one person was forced to flee their home due to war, persecution or violence. With millions of people in need on a record high the European Union continues its work with partners around the world to address the humanitarian challenges and to provide long-term support. Last year, €2 billion of the EU's humanitarian budget was allocated to help displaced people and host communities in 49 countries. And EU Member States have granted protection to more than 538 000 people.

Ten years after the EU's first landmark report on climate change and security, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, will host the high level event Climate, Security and Peace: The Time for Action on 22 June in Brussels. The high level event will bring together ministers, leading international figures, parliamentarians, think tanks and civil society to highlight the ongoing and new threats posed by climate change, consider progress made in making essential policy and operational linkages between climate and security and look at options to drive forward action. You can join and follow all the discussions using the hashtags #united4climate and #climadiplo

On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, Federica Mogherini, High Representative/Vice-President, Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Neven Mimica, Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Christos Stylianides, Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, and Věra Jourová, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, made the following statement

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On 18 June 2018, High Representative/Vice-President of the Commission Federica Mogherini will host the annual EU-G5 Sahel meeting, with the participation of Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica, alongside with Foreign Ministers from the G5 Sahel countries: Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Burkina Faso and Chad, as well as the Permanent Secretary of the G5 Sahel, to strengthen dialogue and cooperation on areas of shared interest such as development, governance in fragile areas, and improved security, including the fight against terrorism and illicit trafficking.

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Lundi 18 juin, la Haute Représentante de l'Union européenne pour les affaires étrangères et la politique de sécurité/Vice-Présidente de la Commission européenne, Federica Mogherini recevra les ministres des affaires étrangères des pays du G5 Sahel.

Une conférence de presse aura lieu le 18 juin à +/- 13h15 au Service européen pour l'Action extérieure (SEAE), Rond-point Schuman 9.

Les journalistes souhaitant y participer sont invités à contacter Sophie.PARSON@eeas.europa.eu le plus rapidement possible.

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