Delegation of the European Union 
to the United States


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Dear friends,

Last month, at the European Parliament in Brussels, on behalf of High Representative Federica Mogherini, I had the privilege of meeting again with two brave Yazidi girls, Nadia Murad and Lamiya Aji Bashar.

The Delegation of the European Union to the United States is pleased to announce that 5 cities from the United States have been selected to participate in a competitive European Union initiative, pairing cities in the United States with cities in the EU to facilitate cooperation on sustainable urban development.

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 European Union played a key role in brokering the world's first universal, legally binding climate deal in Paris in December 2015. Today, the EU is continuing to lead global efforts to deliver on the Paris Agreement—including here at the EU Delegation in Washington, D.C.

On the occasion of the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, the European Union reaffirms once again its strongest commitment to prevent, condemn and eradicate all forms of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. Despite the absolute prohibition of torture under international law, it continues to be practiced around the world either in isolated cases or systematically, through different forms. Torture can target everyone – men, women, and children. Torture is an inexcusable crime for which each perpetrator has to be prosecuted and brought in front of justice.

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.