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The Council today adopted conclusions on democracy. The conclusions underline that in today's world, democracy is being challenged and called into question. While democracy remains strong in many countries, in others there is a growing trend towards authoritarianism. The Council notes that the challenges to democracy are multi-fold and need to be countered urgently and comprehensively.

The European Union (EU) and the Council of Europe firmly oppose the death penalty at all times and in all circumstances. The death penalty is a cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment contrary to the right to life. The death penalty means revenge, not justice, and its abolition contributes to the enhancement of human dignity.

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More than 700 language enthusiasts turned up for the 6th annual European Day of Languages at the Glebe Collegiate Institute in Ottawa. The event was organized by the European Union Delegation to Canada, EU Member States Embassies and the Ottawa Chapter of the European National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC), in partnership with the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) and the International Languages Educators' Association (ILEA) of Ontario.

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The EU High Representative Federica Mogherini has firmly committed the Union to join and support a new Franco-German initiative called the "Alliance of Multilateralism". The aim is to promote international cooperation at a time of rising nationalism and isolationism.

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Muchas gracias Michelle [Bachelet, High Commissioner for Human Rights]. Thank you to the 14 countries. We started this journey together a year ago. Today, we have new members that join the group.

Two important summits took place in the margins of UNGA this week - The UN Climate Action Summit and the UN Summit on Sustainable Development Goals - where the EU expressed its strong commitment on accomplishing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development towards a peaceful and prosperous world, with human well-being on a healthy planet at its core.

For a second consecutive year, the Delegation of the European Union to Canada joined EU Delegations worldwide as part of a global campaign to raise awareness about the importance of promoting and preserving clean beaches, oceans and waterways. On 20 September, staff at the EU Delegation – and the Smurfs - added their voice to the global efforts by embarking on a canoe excursion across the Ottawa River for a shoreline clean-up on Kettle Island.

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