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With European prosperity and Asian peace and security closely connected, the European Union has decided to strengthen its security cooperation in and with Asia. This is also in line with the steps taken by the EU in the past years to strengthen its role as a global security provider: Europe and Asia share a fundamental interest in upholding the rules-based international system, as well as the view that the challenges the world faces today go beyond national borders and cannot be tackled alone. The EU-Asia security partnership is therefore both desirable and necessary.

The European Union (EU) and the Council of Europe firmly oppose the death penalty at all times and in all circumstances. The death penalty is a cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment contrary to the right to life. The death penalty means revenge, not justice, and its abolition contributes to the enhancement of human dignity.

08/10/19 - Honiara, Solomon Islands – The Deputy Secretary-General of the European External Action Service, Mr Jean- Christophe Belliard, today visited the EU-funded solar hybrid project at Selwyn College to witness first-hand hundreds of students benefiting from safe and clean electricity.

The European Union (EU) and Solomon Islands have agreed on a number of steps to further strengthen their bilateral relationship, including in the common fight against climate change. This is the main outcome of the seventh High Level Political Dialogue, conducted today in Honiara, Solomon Islands under the co-chairmanship of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade, MFAET, Trade Commissioner Ambassador Joseph Ma’ahanua and EEAS Deputy Secretary-General, Jean-Christophe Belliard.

A trade seminar to explore the benefits of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the European Union (EU), Fiji and Papua New Guinea (PNG) to Pacific businesses, local exporters and importers will be hosted by the Delegation of the European Union (EU) for the Pacific in collaboration with the University of the South Pacific's School of Economics in Suva on October 2nd.

On the occasion of the International Day of Democracy, the European Union reaffirms its commitment towards democracy as a fundamental right of every human being. Every woman and every man has to be free to participate to the political, economic and social life of her or his country. No one should fear to speak up, to demonstrate peacefully, to go to vote or to expect fair and inclusive policies from a government. Democracy can only function if participation and trust between democratic state institutions, governments and citizens are guaranteed.

On this first International Day commemorating the victims of acts of violence based on religion or belief, we pay tribute to all those around the world who lost their lives and suffered attacks because of their religion or belief. Persecution as a response to religious belief or affiliation, or lack thereof, is a violation of international law and requires joint work to combat it.

On 13 – 16 August, Deputy Secretary-General of the European External Action Service, Christian Leffler led the EU delegation to the 50th Pacific Islands Forum leaders' meetings in Funafuti. The Partners Dialogue session and bilateral meetings with the Pacific countries’ leaders and senior officials in the PIF summit margins provided the possibility to address the strategic priorities, which the EU supports and wants to see reflected in the future Pacific - EU partnership.

The Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management Programme (BIOPAMA) is a €60 million initiative of the European Union (EU) and the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States to improve the long-term conservation and sustainable use of natural resources through the better use and monitoring of information and capacity development on management and governance.
In this framework, a €20 million global grant facility to support on-ground actions (grants up to €400,000) is created to support partners and communities to improve the effectiveness and livelihood benefits of marine and terrestrial protected and conserved areas.

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