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Another year of quasi-confinement did not stop the EU and all its offices around the world from marking Europe Day in all its glory with several innovative activities online to touch all our senses! Shades of blue and yellow adorned landmarks worldwide, the sound of music filled our homes, and our eyes feasted on an array of photographic exhibitions and movie screenings. Our brains were also put to the test with a number of quizzes, and kids enjoyed online games to their hearts’ content. Our taste buds also thanked the chefs who offered online cooking classes, and we even got to go on a trip to space!

At a time when independent and free media reporting is more essential than ever, press freedom continues to be under threat. Journalists continue to experience harsh working conditions with increasing financial and political pressure, surveillance, arbitrary prison sentences or violence for doing their work. According to the UNESCO Observatory, 76 journalists were killed since 2020, while many more were arrested, harassed or threatened worldwide. Of particular concern is gender-based violence targeting women journalists.

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في الوقت الذي تكتسي فيه وسائل الإعلام المستقلة والحرة أهمية كبرى أكثر من أي وقت مضى، فإن حرية الصحافة لاتزال تحت التهديد. ولايزال الصحافيون يعانون من ظروف عمل قاسية تصاحبها ضغوط مالية وسياسية متزايدة، ناهيك عن المراقبة والأحكام الاعتباطية بالسجن واستعمال العنف لأنهم يقومون بعملهم. فحسب مرصد اليونيسكو، لقي 76 صحفي حتفه منذ عام 2020 كما تعرض عدد أكبر من الصحافيين عبر العالم للاعتقال والتحرش والتهديد. في هذا السياق، يعتبر العنف القائم على النوع والذي يستهدف الصحافيات مصدرانشغال خاص.

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With 897 million school children around the world affected by disruptions to their education, senior officials from UNICEF and the European Union reiterated their support to ensure the right to education for all.

Mother Earth is clearly urging a call to action. Australian wild fires, heat records, oceans filling with plastic and the worst locust invasion in Kenya, as well as a record-breaking Atlantic hurricane season. Now we face COVID -19, a worldwide health pandemic linked to the health of our ecosystem.

20/04/2021 – Blog des HV/VP– Die Spannungen in der Ukraine und in der Region nehmen rasch zu. Auf der Tagung des Rates (Auswärtige Angelegenheiten) haben wir unsere kollektive Unterstützung für die Souveränität und territoriale Unversehrtheit der Ukraine angesichts des Militäraufmarschs Russlands und seiner fortgesetzten feindseligen Handlungen und Provokationen klar zum Ausdruck gebracht.

20/4/2021 – Blog du HRVP – Hausse rapide des tensions en Ukraine et dans son voisinage. Lors du Conseil des affaires étrangères, nous avons envoyé un signal clair de notre soutien collectif à la souveraineté et à l’intégrité territoriale de l’Ukraine face au déploiement militaire russe et aux actions négatives et provocations incessantes de la Russie.

20/04/2021 – Blog dell'AR/VP – Repentino inasprimento delle tensioni in Ucraina e nella regione. In sede di Consiglio "Affari esteri" abbiamo espresso chiaramente il nostro sostegno collettivo nei confronti della sovranità e dell'integrità territoriale dell'Ucraina, di fronte allo schieramento di forze armate e continui atti ostili e provocazioni della Russia.

20/4/2021 – Blogue do AR/VP– A tensão monta rapidamente na Ucrânia e na região. No Conselho dos Negócios Estrangeiros, enviámos um sinal claro do nosso apoio coletivo à soberania e integridade territorial da Ucrânia face ao destacamento militar da Rússia e às suas incessantes ações negativas e provocações.

20/04/2021 — Blog del AR/VP — La tensión está aumentando rápidamente en Ucrania y en sus fronteras. El Consejo de Asuntos Exteriores ha enviado una señal clara de nuestro apoyo colectivo a la soberanía y la integridad territorial de Ucrania frente al despliegue militar de Rusia y a sus continuas acciones hostiles y provocaciones.

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