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Climate change is felt all around the world. Throughout the past years, its impacts on societies have grown and, at the moment, world leaders are gathered to discuss joint solutions at COP26. The awareness of both issues and solutions needs to have a scientific basis. This is why today we celebrate World Science Day for Peace and Development

09/11/2021 - HR/VP Blog - After Peru, I went last week to Brazil, one of the main actors in Latin America. The discussion with Brazilian leaders was principally focused on the EU-Mercosur trade agreement and on environmental protection measures. Brazil's recent new commitments, particularly on deforestation, are welcome but need a swift implementation on the ground. 

The European Union Food Booth makes popular return with interactive displays including protected Geographical Indication products.

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On 4 November 2021, on the occasion of the International Platform for Sustainable Finance (IPSF) Annual Event organised in the EU Pavilion at the COP26, the IPSF published the Common Ground Taxonomy report, along with the IPSF annual report and a report on sustainability disclosures.

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07/11/2021 – HR/VP Blog – I have just returned from my first trip to Latin America since the beginning of my mandate. I first visited Peru, the country with the highest COVID-19 death rate in the world. The country is also struggling with a highly polarised political landscape. Peru illustrates the colossal challenges that Latin America is facing after the COVID-19 crisis, as well as the high expectations the region has towards the EU. 

Feeling as an outsider, missing school or dropping out, having even suicidal thoughts… The consequences of school related violence can be many, profound and with long lasting effects on a child’s physical, psychological and emotional development.

A terrorist attack was carried out on Tuesday against the Sardar Mohammad Daud Khan military hospital in Kabul, resulting in at least 25 dead and many wounded inside the hospital.

Attacking a hospital is illegal under international law, goes against fundamental human rights and is a grave breach of Islamic values. The perpetrators of this despicable crime must be brought to justice.

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Harassed, attacked, imprisoned and killed, many journalists still pay with their lives for their commitment to the freedom of expression and to our right to information. Crimes against journalists are not limited to a handful of countries. Today we mark the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists stressing the urgency to guarantee freedom of expression and access to information for all citizens across the world

01/11/2021 – HR/VP Blog – The COP26 United Nations climate summit is opening in Glasgow. Climate change and the necessary acceleration of the green transition have major geopolitical dimensions. The fight against climate change is a global imperative: despite tensions among world powers, we need to rally the whole world to act now

31/10/2021 – HR/VP Blog – I am just back from Rwanda, where I paid a bilateral visit and co-chaired the EU-African Union Ministerial meeting. Visiting the Genocide Memorial and meeting both survivors and perpetrators of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi, I witnessed one of the most dismaying and moving human experiences of my life.

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