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The Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia is a recognition to a man of courage and to a generation of Africans working for change and reconciliation. His leadership in establishing a dialogue between Ethiopia and Eritrea is giving hope not only to two countries, but to the whole region and to an entire continent. He has shown that while the path to reconciliation can be long and difficult, peace is always possible, even after decades of conflict.

Each year 12 million girls under 18 are married; 130 million girls worldwide are still out of school; and approximately 15 million adolescent girls aged 15-19 have experienced forced sexual activity. The EU is committed to continue its full support to see progress and not regress, for girls and women to achieve gender equality.

"The need for the Union for the Mediterranean has never been stronger," said High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini at the 4th ministerial Regional Forum of the Union for the Mediterranean, which she co-chaired today in Barcelona with Jordan's Prime Minister Ayman Safadi.

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Muchas gracias, Josep [Borell, Foreign Minister of Spain],

Ayman [Safadi, Foreign Minister of Jordan], Nasser [Kamel, Secretary General of the Union for Mediterranean], dear friends,

thank you all, first of all, for being here and thank you for welcoming us in this beautiful land again.

Hundreds of analyses, thousands of cases, people from more than 14 countries involved in the daily work, over 20 states and languages covered – a look back at the EUvsDisinfo work on countering disinformation

The eighth High Level Dialogue on Human Rights between the European Union and Brazil took place on 9th October 2019 in Brussels.