On 1 February 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the explosive spread of the Zika virus a public health emergency of international concern, requiring coordinated action to improve detection and accelerate work on a vaccine and better diagnostics for the disease
We had a very intense, positive and informal discussion with the defence ministers of the 28 this morning. We were joined also by the NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and by our friend and colleague from the United Nations, the Deputy Secretary General Hervé Ladsous, for two important discussions.
High Representative Federica Mogherini and Dutch Minister of Defence Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert co-chaired on Friday the informal meeting of Defence Ministers in Amsterdam. The event, organized by the Netherlands EU presidency, was a fruitful occasion to take stock on the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP), with an eye on the ongoing military missions and operations in in the Horn of Africa, the Central African Republic and the Sahel region. The situation in Libya and Afghanistan were also part of the discussion.
The government of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) has notified several United Nations agencies that it intends to launch a 'satellite' later this month.
Any launch by the DPRK using ballistic missile technology would be in clear violation of several UN Security Council Resolutions. It would be a further provocation in the wake of the illegal nuclear test the DPRK conducted on 6 January and yet another unacceptable threat to international peace and security in the region and beyond.
The European Union and its Member States today pledged more than €3 billion to assist the Syrian people inside Syria as well as refugees and the communities hosting them in neighbouring countries during 2016. From its budget alone, the EU will spend 2.4 billion in 2016/2017.