On the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, the UN and the EU join their voices to call on the international community to accelerate its action to eliminate sexual and gender-based violence: “We re-commit to working together to prevent conflict-related sexual violence, to protect its victims, to end impunity for its perpetrators and to guarantee access to justice, reparations and redress for survivors,” EU High Representative Josep Borrell and UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Pramila Patten said in a joint statement.
Child labour affects 152 million children worldwide. The EU has been working with UNICEF and other partners to put an end to a phenomenon that takes childhood away and puts the future of millions of kids worldwide at risk. Earlier this week, EU High Representative Josep Borrell and UNICEF Executive Director, Henrietta Fore, held a phone call during which they discussed ways to continue working together to fight the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis, and agreed to jointly promote the education of children, including digital learning as a priority. “School is the most important equality producer in the world,” Borrell said. One of last year’s themes for the joint EU-UNICEF #TheRealChallenge social media campaign was child labour.
As the virus does not discriminate between people and knows no borders this historic crisis requires a fast, massive and coordinated global response to protect all people, save lives and tackle the economic fallout Now is the time for international solidarity and leadership not isolation The European Union ( as the world’s largest donor and a leading economic power, is already at the forefront of this effort The Union has already taken a
series of concrete and quick actions to support our partners Following the Team Europe approach*, the EU’s response addresses the humanitarian, health, social and economic consequences of the crisis The EU global response to COVID 19 will integrate the strategic objectives of the European Green Deal and the Digital Agenda