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
Biodiversity is the root of all life, both on land and below water. It has an impact on human health, providing the air that we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, natural disease resistance, medicines, as well as climate change mitigation. The emergence of COVID-19 has proved that when we destroy biodiversity, we destroy the system that supports human life. Nature is sending us a message. Aptly, this year’s theme for World Environment Day is biodiversity – a concern that is both urgent and existential. Protecting nature and reversing degradation to ecosystems is at the heart of the EU Green Deal and is the rationale for the new EU biodiversity strategy for 2030.