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Today is a historical day for Eritrea. Asmara is officially a UNESCO World Heritage site. The inscription took place today 08 July 2017 during the 41st World Heritage Committee Session in Poland.
The Delegation of the European Union in Eritrea congratulates the State of Eritrea, the city of Asmara and Asmara Heritage Project for this achievement.
We are pleased to partner with the Asmara Heritage Project in the preservation of this unique city.

אירוע בחסות האיחוד האירופי הפגיש בין הקהילות העסקיות של המגזר הערבי והמגזר החרדי ב-6 ביולי בבית שמש

מטרתו של אירוע זה היה ליצור פורום לשתי קהילות המיעוטים בישראל, העומדות בפני אתגרים דומים למדי באשר להשתלבותן בכלכלה הישראלית, כדי שבני שתי הקהילות יוכלו להחליף חוויות באשר לניסיונם בעולם העסקים.


EU event brings Arab and Haredi business communities together on 6 July in Beit Shemesh.

The purpose of this event was to create a forum for these two minority communities in Israel facing quite similar challenges in integrating into the mainstream economy, to exchange about their experiences in doing business.


The textile sector is critical for the Indian economy, as it represents 14% of industrial production, 4% of GDP and 17% of export earnings. However, this sector has a highly negative environmental impact, using toxic chemicals and processes and causing the degradation and depletion of natural resources, which lead to pollution and health problems. In addition, there is a lack of support, resources and incentives in the textile industry, especially for the SMEs to implement eco-friendly solutions to address these issues.

The action will enhance the quality, access and governance of undergraduate education in India through the promotion of Indo-EU Higher Education partnerships and collaborations. It facilitates the exchange of best practices, experience and knowledge in undergraduate teaching and learning. Furthermore, it supports the governance and management of student learning through strengthening student participation and promotes the use of open source and technology-enhanced educational resources in Indian universities.

India is among the countries with the highest female infant mortality rate in the world. Both female feticide, through sex determined sex selective abortions, and female infanticide, where the girl child is killed soon after birth, are shockingly common. The impact of female feticide and infanticide can be seen in the skewed Child Sex Ratio (917 girls to 1 000 boys) and increasing crimes against women in the backdrop of fewer available females in a society driven by patriarchal values, including trafficking of girls for forced marriage or sexual exploitation.

Jharkhand is one of the poorest states in India. According to the United Nations, almost 40 percent of the state's population lives below the poverty line and almost one in five children is malnourished. The majority of the population lives in rural areas with only limited access to public services like health care and education. The literacy rate in Jharkhand lies at 70 percent, which is below the national average of 75 percent. The state has a high proportion of people belonging to Scheduled Tribes and Scheduled Castes who often face discrimination and social exclusion.

The two states of Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh have a high share of Scheduled Tribes. Persons who belong to Scheduled Tribes are marginalised by the mainstream society and face social exclusion. Even though the Indian Constitution grants them minority rights, they often have difficulties to access public services such as health care and education facilities. The share of persons among Scheduled Tribes who live below the poverty line is larger than for the rest of the Indian population.

Yaren, Nauru: The first in a series of peer reviews looking at gender and human rights policies and programmes in Pacific Islands Countries gets underway this week in Nauru.