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Around the world, NGOs, civil society and human rights defenders protect and promote human rights, democracy, as well as sustainable and inclusive development every day. They often do this unnoticed, far from the limelight and, at times, at great personal risk.

On World NGO Day, we pay tribute to their engagement, the impact of which should not be underestimated or taken for granted.

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تعمل المنظمات غير الحكومية والمجتمع المدني والمدافعون عن حقوق الإنسان في جميع أنحاء العالم على حماية وتعزيز حقوق الإنسان والديمقراطية، فضلاً عن التنمية المستدامة والشاملة على أساس يومي. وغالباً ما يفعلون ذلك دون أن يُلاحظهم أحد، بعيداً عن الأضواء وفي بعض الأحيان وهم معرضون لمخاطر شديدة.

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“Children have a key role to play in building a present and a future where peace will prevail. It is our responsibility to enable them to be such agents of change”, says EU-UN statement on International Day against the Use of Child Soldiers

Declaración conjunta del Alto Representante de la UE y Vicepresidente, Josep Borrell, y de la Representante Especial del Secretario General de las Naciones Unidas para la cuestión de los niños y los conflictos armados, Virginia Gamba, con motivo del Día Internacional contra el Uso de Niños Soldados

Declaração conjunta do alto representante da UE/vice-presidente da Comissão Europeia, Josep Borrell, e da representante especial do secretário-geral das Nações Unidas para as crianças e os conflitos armados, Virginia Gamba, por ocasião do dia internacional contra a utilização de crianças-soldado

Joint statement by EU High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell and UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict Virginia Gamba on the occasion of the International Day against the Use of Child Soldiers

Gemeinsame Erklärung des Hohen Vertreters der EU/Vizepräsidenten Josep Borrell und der Sonderbeauftragten des UN-Generalsekretärs für Kinder und bewaffnete Konflikte, Virginia Gamba, anlässlich des Internationalen Tags gegen den Einsatz von Kindersoldaten

No woman or girl should suffer from violence. Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a severe violation of human rights and an act of violence against women and girls. It is estimated that more than 200 million women and girls worldwide have suffered from FGM. In Europe, at least 600,000 women and girls are living with the consequences of FGM, often severely affecting their health and well-being, even endangering their lives. COVID-19 has disrupted prevention programmes, seriously undermining progress towards reducing this heinous practice. Any backward step puts thousands of women and girls at risk.

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