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Madam President,

The European Union would like to thank the Special Rapporteur for his report on “the elements that are needed to set a rights-based global agenda for advancing the right to mental health”. This being your last dialogue with the Council in your current capacity, the EU would like to thank you for your very valuable contributions to the promotion and protection of the right to health and, in particular, for the much needed attention you dedicated to the right to mental health.

Madam President,

The EU would like to express its strong and full support to the work and the activities of Ms. Gamba,  who continues to be fully committed to allowing children to enjoy their childhood and to hope for a better future, even in time of war, since they represent the lifeblood of every society. We commend her work with regional and sub-regional organizations and the technical assistance provided to States, including the campaign "Act to protect children affected by armed conflict".

The European Commission joins Leaders from Member States, civil society, women’s rights organizations, international organizations, UN agencies, philanthropic entities, youth-led organizations, and the private sector come together to deliver game-changing results for women and girls on the basis of the visionary agenda of the Generation Equality Forum.

The Fourth Conference on "Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region" took place on 30 June 2020 in a virtual format. It was hosted by the European Union (EU) and co-chaired with the United Nations (UN). The Conference was preceded by virtual Days of Dialogue and by a week of side events.

29 June 2020, New York -- EU Statement – Annual Session of the UNICEF Executive Board – Opening Segment, Agenda Item 2

La tortura niega la dignidad del ser humano. Sus víctimas sufren heridas visibles e invisibles. Y sigue siendo una terrible realidad hoy en día. En el Día Internacional en apoyo de las Víctimas de la Tortura, Josep Borrrell, el Alto Representante de la UE afirma: «En estos momentos en que en el mundo se están aunando esfuerzos para superar la pandemia de coronavirus, los derechos humanos deben seguir siendo el eje de nuestra batalla. En este día, damos voz a los cientos de miles de víctimas de torturas y a quienes aún están siendo torturados hoy.»

Torture denies the dignity of the human being. Its victims suffer both visible and invisible wounds. And this is still the horrifying reality today. On International Day in support of Victims of Torture, EU High Representative Josep Borrrell states “At a time when the world is joining efforts to overcome the coronavirus pandemic, human rights must remain at the core of our battle. On this day, we give a voice to the hundreds of thousands of people who have been victims of torture and those who are still tortured today.”

La torture nie la dignité de l’être humain. Ses victimes souffrent de blessures visibles et invisibles. Et c'est, aujourd’hui encore, la terrifiante réalité. En cette journée internationale pour le soutien aux victimes de la torture, le haut représentant de l’UE, Josep Borrell, fait la déclaration suivante: «À l’heure où le monde unit ses efforts pour surmonter la pandémie de coronavirus, les droits de l’homme doivent rester au centre de notre combat. En ce jour, nous faisons entendre les voix des centaines de milliers de personnes qui ont été victimes de torture ou qui le sont encore aujourd’hui.»