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25 November marks International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, one of the most devastating human rights violations against women and girls around the world. Empowerment of women and girls requires vigorous efforts to bring significant changes in their lives. To this end the European Union and the United Nations have embarked on the Spotlight Initiative, a ray of light in this ongoing fight. On the International Day, the EU institutions are lit up in orange as part of the UNiTE campaign, to symbolize a brighter future without violence.
Malta - 06 October, 2017 - Today a number of EU projects are launched to support International Ocean governance. A special emphasis is put on the Pacific – European Union Marine Partnership (PEUMP) programme to be implemented in 15 Pacific ACP countries (worth € 45 million) including the contribution of the Swedish Government (€ 10 million).
European Commission President Juncker today delivered his 2017 State of the Union Address, presenting his priorities for the year ahead and outlining his vision for how the European Union could evolve by 2025. He presented a Roadmap for a More United, Stronger and More Democratic Union, and said the EU should look at its internal processes to become a stronger foreign policy actor.
Apia, Samoa - The Director for Asia, Central Asia, Middle East/Gulf and the Pacific at the European Commission's Department for International Cooperation and Development, Pierre Amilhat and the Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Secretariat, Dame Meg Taylor, today signed a Financing Agreement worth EUR 13 million to tackle the root causes of gender inequality and violence against women and girls in the Pacific. The agreement was signed in the margins of the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders’ Meeting in Apia.