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Today, an estimated 152 million children are victims of child labour worldwide. These 152 million children are being denied their right to have access to education and to a safe living environment. On the occasion of the World Day against Child Labour on 12 June, the European Union, alongside its international partners, reiterates its strong commitment towards guaranteeing the fundamental human rights of every child, as defined in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development target to end child labour in all its forms by 2025.

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The Delegation of the European Union to Guyana, for Suriname, and with responsibility for Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Saba, Saint Barthelemy, Sint Eustatius and Sint Maarten, is seeking proposals for projects in Guyana with financial assistance from the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR). The full Guidelines for Applicants are available for consultation at the Delegation of the European Union to Guyana, for Suriname, and with responsibility for Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Saba, Saint Barthelemy, Sint Eustatius and Sint Maarten, 11 Sendal Place, Brickdam, Georgetown, Guyana and on the following internet site: https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/europeaid/online-services/index.cfm?do=publ.... The deadline for submission of concept notes is 23rd, July 2019 at 16:30 hrs.

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Delegation of the EU to Guyana, for Suriname, and with responsibility for Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Saba, Saint Barthelemy, Sint Eustatius and Sint Maarten

European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) 2019 Call for Proposals

Lot 1: Guyana
Lot 2: Suriname

Country Based Support Scheme - Guyana
Local publication for call for proposals
EuropeAid/164731/DD/ACT/GY-SR
The Delegation of the European Union to Guyana, for Suriname, and with responsibility for Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Saba, Saint Barthelemy, Sint Eustatius and Sint Maarten, is seeking proposals for projects in Guyana with financial assistance from the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR). The full Guidelines for Applicants are available for consultation at the Delegation of the European Union to Guyana, for Suriname, and with responsibility for Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Saba, Saint Barthelemy, Sint Eustatius and Sint Maarten, 11 Sendal Place, Brickdam, Georgetown, Guyana and on the following internet site: https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/europeaid/online-services/index.cfm?do=publ.... The deadline for submission of concept notes is 23rd, July 2019 at 16:30 hrs.
An information session on this Call for Proposals will be held in Georgetown on 21st , June 2019 at 10:00 hrs at the Delegation Office located at above-mentioned address and on 24th, June 2019 at 10:00 hrs at the Dutch Embassy in Paramaribo.

Should you be interested in these sessions, please send an email by 14th, June 2019 to delegation-guyana-eidhr@eeas.europa.eu indicating: name, surname, nationality and email address of the person who is going to participate as well as their organisation (max. one participant per organisation). No costs incurred by the applicants for attending this information session are reimbursable.

On the occasion of the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, we pay tribute to the essential role of cultural diversity in Europe and around the world for fostering dialogue, respect, and contributing to sustainable development and growth. Europe is a continent of cultural diversity. Our societies, institutions and laws are the outcome of centuries of exchanges of ideas, values, traditions and memories.

Today the EU-LAC Foundation has become an international organisation with the attainment of the necessary quorum of ratifications by EU and Latin American and Caribbean States. This milestone comes two and half years after the signature of the Constitutive Agreement to transform the Foundation into an international organisation.

With this step, the Foundation reinforces its role as an instrument to further strengthen the bi-regional relations between Europa and Latin America and the Caribbean, in line with the recent EU Council conclusions that welcomed and endorsed the Joint Communication “EU and Latin America and the Caribbean – joining forces for a common future”.

On the occasion of the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, the European Union reiterates its unswerving commitment to promoting and protecting the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons.

On 13 May 2019, the Council adopted the EU annual report on human rights and democracy in the world for 2018.
The report noted that in 2018 the EU remained at the forefront of the protection and promotion of human rights in a rapidly changing geopolitical landscape. The EU engaged in activities across the globe in line with the objectives set out in the EU action plan on human rights and democracy (2015-2019). The Council recognised that in a volatile and unpredictable world, the Action Plan has been instrumental in taking forward the human rights agenda.
2018 was the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), and during this year the EU continued to strongly support the promotion and protection of human rights at the heart of multilateralism - particularly important at a time when there have been serious negative trends in human rights and democracy around the world.
The year saw an increase in threats and violations against journalists and other media workers, further shrinking the space for free journalism. In line with the priorities of the Global Strategy for the EU’s foreign and security policy, the EU continued to firmly oppose any unjustified restrictions of the rights of freedom of association and of peaceful assembly.
The 2018 annual report also notes that this year was not only about human rights challenges and setbacks; there was also a positive change. In 2018, the EU acted to identify and support positive human rights narratives, building on the vision of a human rights-based 2030 Agenda. The EU-led ‘Good Human Rights Stories’ initiative launched at the 73rd United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) generated broad cross-regional resonance and aims to provide an effective vehicle for positive change in the future.

Your Excellency, Mrs. Yldiz Pollack-Beighle, Minister of Foreign Affairs,

Honourable Minister Lalinie Gopal,              

Lieutenant-Colonel Danielle Veira,

Members of the National Assembly,

Other Representatives of the Suriname State, the Diplomatic and Honorary Consular Corps, Development Partners, Civil Society,

Dear Friends,

Good Evening,

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