Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines

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Statement by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini and Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides on the World Humanitarian Day 2018

On the International Day for the World’s Indigenous Peoples, we celebrate the contributions of indigenous peoples to the diversity and richness of civilizations and cultures and indeed to our common heritage. It is also a day where we take stock of the many achievements in the recognition and realisation of their rights and identify the actions that the world community still needs to take, so that human rights are universally applied without any discrimination.

Federica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, today represented the European Union at the ASEAN Regional Forum in Singapore. In her intervention, the High Representative addressed key foreign policy priorities for the European Union and for the international community.

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High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini in Singapore co-chairing EU-ASEAN ministerial meeting, holding bilateral meetings

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“I am saddened by the news regarding the terror attack which took place on 31 July in Basilan and has resulted in casualties, including civilians. I present my condolences to the families of the victims and have a friendly thought for the injured. The EU is determined to combat terrorism around the world and expresses solidarity with the countries that are affected by this scourge.”

The European Union’s relations with the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN): Brunei, Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam date back to 1977 when official “Dialogue Relations” began. In June 2015, the EU confirmed the adoption of a new strategy “The EU and ASEAN: a partnership with a strategic purpose”. In August 2017 during the EU-ASEAN Post-Ministerial Conference, the second EU-ASEAN Plan of Action (2018-2022) was agreed.

Statement by the Spokesperson on the signing of the Bangsamoro Organic Law in the Philippines

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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.

The EU will host the 12th Summit of the Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM12) in Brussels on 18-19 October 2018, with as theme “Global partners for global challenges”. The ASEM12 Summit will be chaired by the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk and the President the European Commission, as well as Federica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy will also be in attendance. ASEM partner countries will be represented by their Heads of State or Government as well as the other institutional partner ASEAN by its Secretary General, .

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