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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.

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 Foreign Affairs Council will start with a discussion on current affairs, allowing ministers to review pressing issues on the international agenda. This will include the Iran nuclear deal (JCPOA) following the JCPOA Joint Commission meeting on 6 July. The High Representative and foreign ministers may also refer to the Western Balkan Summit taking place in London on 10 July.

Dangerously close to a conflict zone, one school in Bakhmut, eastern Ukraine, is, with the help of the EU, working hard to improve the safety of its students.

The European Union supports Ukraine in ensuring a stable, prosperous and democratic future for all its citizens.

The European Union and Belarus work in close cooperation to improve the quality of life of Belarusian citizens. Every year, a series of programmes are jointly carried out across Belarus to create more jobs, develop better conditions and foster new opportunities for all Belarusians. This communication campaign showcases some of the concrete benefits of EU-Belarus cooperation in the areas of economic growth, energy efficiency, and health.

 

The EU's cooperation with Armenia aims at supporting the country's resilience, security and prosperity built on democracy, human rights, the rule of law and sustainable economic growth, as well as strengthening its connection to the EU and to the region through enhanced transport connectivity, mobility of people and people-to-people contacts.

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