The European Development Partners and the Palestinian Authority marked yesterday the launch of the European Joint Strategy in support of Palestine ''2017-2020 – Towards a democratic and accountable Palestinian State''. The launching event was attended by the Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, the EU Representative Ralph Tarraf, European Heads of Mission, and representatives of Palestinian ministries and civil society organizations.
The European Union and Palestine have launched today the EU External Investment Plan (EIP) to pave the way to a better business environment and foster economic development.
The European Union is strongly committed to supporting Palestine in building a sound, inclusive and sustainable economy. The EIP will encourage investments promoting an inclusive growth, job creation and sustainable development and to tackle some of Palestine internal constraint via an enhanced policy dialogue on business climate issues.
The European Union Representative and the EU Heads of Mission in Jerusalem and Ramallah issue the following statement:
"The EU Missions in Jerusalem and Ramallah welcome the Palestinian signature of the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, aiming at the abolition of the death penalty. This is an important step towards the definite abolition of the death penalty.
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
The EU and the Palestinian Ministry of Social Development concluded yesterday a series of Iftar events organised during Ramadan for vulnerable families. The final Iftar was hosted by the SOS Children's Village in Bethlehem and brought together children, local officials, and social workers.
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