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The EU's Earth observation programme Copernicus yesterday launched a new satellite (Sentinel-3B) to improve our understanding of sea level changes, marine pollution and biological productivity. It will also provide information on the spread of wildfires, land use, the state of vegetation, and water levels in lakes and rivers.

The EU's Earth observation programme Copernicus has another satellite (Sentinel-3B) in orbit following a successful launch earlier today. Sentinel-3B will improve our ability to monitor our planet's oceans, changing land and atmosphere.

The EU and the UN brought the international community around a table in Brussels to discuss the future of Syria and the region. The delegations recommitted to relaunch the political process under UN auspices as the only solution to the conflict, to support Syrians both inside Syria and in the neighbouring countries, and the hosting communities.

The EU and Japan have concluded negotiations on a Strategic Partnership Agreement. Complementing the new economic deal agreed in December liberalising trade, the political deal aims to facilitate common solutions to common challenges, such as climate change, energy supply and threats to security. It will help the EU and Japan to jointly promote peace, stability and prosperity globally, as well as an open international system.

The European Union and the United Nations co-chaired the second Brussels Conference on Supporting the future of Syria and the region, on 24-25 April 2018.

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