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The candidacy of Ms Catherine Geslain-Lanéelle for the post of Director General of the Food and Agriculture Organisation, was submitted in Rome on Monday 17 December 2018. The next Director General will be elected by the 194 Member States of the Organisation during its 41st Conference in June 2019. Ms Geslain-Lanéelle from France was identified as the EU candidate by the Council of the European Union on 15 October 2018.
In 2017 every 2 seconds one person was forced to flee their home due to war, persecution or violence. With millions of people in need on a record high the European Union continues its work with partners around the world to address the humanitarian challenges and to provide long-term support. Last year, €2 billion of the EU's humanitarian budget was allocated to help displaced people and host communities in 49 countries. And EU Member States have granted protection to more than 538 000 people.
Les ressources naturelles appartiennent aux populations locales, et non aux milices. Depuis 2003, l’UE et des partenaires internationaux représentant 99 % du commerce mondial de diamants ont uni leurs forces pour que la production et le commerce de diamants bruts contribuent à la paix et à un développement économique et humain durables. Dans le cadre de la présidence qu’elle assume cette année et d'une série d’actions concrètes, l’UE s’engage à empêcher le commerce des diamants de la guerre et à améliorer les moyens de subsistance des communautés minières.
Sixty-eight years ago today, French foreign minister Robert Schuman proposed a joint authority to oversee French and German production of coal and steel, launching an ambitious and remarkable project which has shaped the course of European history and redefined Europe's place in the world.
This project – of peace, of partnership, of shared values and solidarity – is far from over.