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The Commission is providing €8.1 million in humanitarian aid for the Philippines, Nepal, and countries in the South-East Asian region to support those affected by the coronavirus pandemic, natural disasters, and the consequences of man-made conflicts. Funding from this aid package will go for humanitarian and disaster preparedness projects in the Philippines (€2.51 million), Nepal (€2 million), and regional South-East Asia (€3.5 million).

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The European Union (EU) and the Republic of Fiji (Fiji) held their fifth High Level Political Dialogue under article 8 of the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) - EU Partnership (Cotonou) Agreement in Suva, Fiji, on 27 and 28 October 2020. This was the first time the Political Dialogue was held virtually.

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The President of the European Council, Charles Michel, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, held a Leaders' Virtual Meeting on 29 October 2020.

Contributions from the EU and its member states to support developing countries in reducing their greenhouse gas emissions and coping with the impacts of climate change continued to rise in 2019, confirming a steady upward trend since 2013.

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On the 20th anniversary of the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, we celebrate a turning point in the way the international community has approached peace and security and, more specifically, the impact of conflict on women and girls. Their unique experiences are crucial in peace-building and peacekeeping processes. There is no real peace and security without them.

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29-10-2020 - HR/VP video blog - We need to strengthen our partnership because our political, economic and security future is at stake when it comes to our relations with Africa, a young and dynamic continent. The EU is still Africa’s first partner in many areas, but we are facing more and more competition.

Today the International Contact Group (ICG) on Venezuela held a Senior Officials Meeting, welcoming the Dominican Republic to the Group. Members of the ICG recognise the Dominican Republic’s decisive willingness to contribute to a peaceful and democratic solution to the crisis in Venezuela, and look forward to the positive role this country will play as part of the ICG.

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The European Union finds it unacceptable that after three agreements brokered by Russia, France and the United States on a ceasefire, the fighting in and around Nagorno Karabakh still continues and there are more and more reports of civilians being targeted. 

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The 15th Senior Officials' Meeting between the European Union and Thailand took place on 28 October 2020 via videoconference.

Senior Officials discussed a wide range of issues of mutual interest, including recent developments in bilateral relations as well as global and regional issues. Discussions were held in an excellent atmosphere and covered in particular COVID-19 response measures, trade relations, climate change, connectivity, sustainable development and environmental issues, including ocean governance, as well as human rights, migration, and labour issues.

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