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Statement by the Spokesperson on the latest settlements’ announcements by the Israeli authorities


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.

The European Union and the Palestinian Water Authority (PWA) are celebrating the World Water Day celebrated on 22 March  2019 in Palestine through a one month campaign that includes a series of public events and activities. In Ramallah, the EU and the PWA hosted yesterday the Threads of the Rain” operetta to raise awareness on water rights.

Statement by the Spokesperson on the latest developments in and around Gaza


The fundamental human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation apply to every human being and are fully recognised and backed by the EU in its diplomatic efforts and development policy.


EU Heads of Mission in Jerusalem and Ramallah met with members of the Jerusalem Islamic Waqf Council. The diplomats were briefed about recent developments at the Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount.

The EU is concerned about worrying developments and violent clashes at the Haram al-Sharif / Temple Mount. The EU reiterates the importance of upholding the Status Quo for the holy sites in Jerusalem, including with regard to Jordan's special role. Any unilateral attempt to change the Status Quo could have deeply destabilizing effects.


The European Union Representative issues the following statement in agreement with the EU Heads of Mission in Jerusalem and Ramallah.

The EU Missions in Jerusalem and Ramallah are very concerned about the arrests and violence used by Hamas security forces against protesters, including journalists, staff from the Independent Commission of Human Rights and human rights defenders, in Gaza over the past days.


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Today, the EU Heads of Missions in Jerusalem and Ramallah visited Hebron. The diplomats met the Governor and representatives of Hebron city and its Chamber of Commerce. They also toured H2 area in the old city and visited a school there. 

The Heads of Missions started their visit at the Governor's Office. There, they were briefed by Hebron Governor Jibreen al-Bakri on the deteriorating situation in Hebron and the challenges the city and the Palestinian community are facing.