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A blue sky above the Belgian coast, blue EU and UN flags flying, and none other than the blue Smurfs in their homeland, a perfect setting for a gathering of around 2000 students on a mission to save the blue planet. This was just one of the first actions taking place in the margins of the #EUBeachCleanUp – a global campaign for climate, happening on or around 21 September, World Coastal Cleanup Day. This day also marks the International Day of Peace, and also happens to be the day when in New York the UN Youth Climate Summit brings together young activists, innovators, entrepreneurs, and change-makers to showcase climate solutions and engage with global leaders on this defining issue of our time. Adolescents and youths from different walks of life…. together with international organisations and global partners… all with one goal: joining forces in this global fight… a peaceful fight… committed to combatting climate change!

On the International Day of Peace, the European Union reaffirms its commitment to peace and security, to human rights and sustainable development for all, to international cooperation and to the rules-based international order with the United Nations at its core. Sustainable peace has always been and will remain at the centre of the European Union's external action, as restated in the Global Strategy.

Eight years after the outbreak of the conflict,
the situation in Syria is still critical, with millions
of Syrians displaced and in need of protection
and humanitarian assistance. The potential for
violence remains high, and there is little progress
in sight towards a sustainable resolution of the
conflict. Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey, as well as
other host countries in the region such as Egypt
and Iraq, have shown extraordinary solidarity
towards the refugees, and they continue to need
assistance to meet the growing needs of both the
refugees and their own communities.

The deadline for submitting applications is 04/10/2019

A high-level European Union delegation will be in New York for the 74th United Nations General Assembly next week. The EU representatives will host and participate in a large number of events and meetings with world leaders. The EU continues to be a leader in global cooperation: joining forces with partners in support of multilateralism to uphold and promote international law and human rights, to support peace and democracy, to promote sustainable development and to stand side-by-side with people in need all over the world.

The European Union and the United Nations are natural partners. We are the world’s leading proponents and defenders of a multilateral and rules-based global governance system. Together, we respond to global crises, threats and challenges which cannot be addressed by individual nations acting alone, and which require cooperation and coordination based on universal values and rules.

"More than ever, our partners are looking to the European Union to stand up exactly for
multilateralism and the rules-based international order with a strong United Nations at its
core: as European Union, we are determined to preserve it. Investing in our partnership with
the UN is natural as we share the same fundamental values and goals. Together, we join forces
in our work around the world and in Europe, for sustainable development, peace and security,
and humanely and respectfully managed migration. And together we fight for education for all,
gender equality and human rights.”
- High Representative / Vice-President Mogherini, on the United Nations Day, 24 October 2018

Every year in September, the world leaders gather in New York to take part in the General Debate that marks the opening of the latest session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) during a week traditionally filled with high level events, summits, and intense diplomatic activities.

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