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Today, in the margins of the 75th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations, Janez Lenarčič, EU Commissioner for Crisis Management, and Peter Eriksson, Swedish Minister for International Development Cooperation, co-hosted a virtual High-Level event on “The Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen: Averting an Outbreak of Famine.”

Yemen cannot wait.  Restrictions of humanitarian access, obstructions to humanitarian aid, insufficient vital imports, worsening economic crisis, compounded by the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, are putting millions of Yemenis at risk of famine.

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New York, 23 September 2020 - An intervention by EU Special Representative for Human Rights, Eamon Gilmore at a High-level discussion "Building Back Better: how to create a virtuous circle for the inclusion for all LGBTI persons" during the 75th session of the UN General Assembly.

On 23 September the EU hosted a #Backpack2School installation by UNICEF ‘Sending out an SOS’, in the heart of the European Quarters in Brussels, as part of a global public initiative on education around the world. EU High Representative Josep Borrell inaugurated the event in Brussels together with Commissioner Dubravka Šuica, UNICEF Director Sandie Blanchet, and local youth activist Quinten. In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, this is an urgent call for world leaders to act and safeguard the future of our children. "These 200 blue packs writing an SOS here in the streets of Belgium, in Brussels, are here to remind us, the whole world, that hundreds of millions of children are still waiting to put on their school bags again, to receive the education that will determine their future," said Borrell.

21 September 2020, New York – Speech by Charles Michel, President of the European Council at the 75th Session of the United Nations General Assembly High-level meeting on the 75th anniversary of the United Nations

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Yemen remains the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, and the situation risks deteriorating even further. The conflict continues to take a heavy toll on the population. The combined effects of ongoing fighting, access restrictions and insufficient imports of vital goods, a serious economic crisis, and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic are pushing the country into famine.

18 September 2020, New York – Intervention on behalf of the European Union delivered by Daniela Gauci, Legal Adviser, on Preventing Violent Extremism through Sport Values within the framework of the United Nations Global Programme on the Security of Major Sporting Events, and Promotion of Sport and Its Values as a Tool to Prevent Violent Extremism

The European Union and the United Nations are natural partners. We are the world’s leading proponents and defenders of a multilateral and rules-based global governance system. Together, we respond to global crises, threats and challenges which cannot be addressed by individual nations acting alone, and require cooperation and coordination based on universal values and rules.

Cooperation between the EU and the UN system, including the UN Secretariat and the various UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes, spans across all policy areas.

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