While there has been some significant but uneven progress achieved in advancing women’s and girls’ rights, no country in the world is on track to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls by 2030. Moreover, the health and socio-economic consequences of the COVID-19 crisis are disproportionately affecting women and girls. For example, because a higher proportion of women work informally and in vulnerable sectors, their job loss rate is 1.8 times greater than that of men. The poverty rate among women could go up by 9.1%.
To address this, the EU’s new Action Plan on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in External Action 2021–2025 (GAP III) aims to accelerate progress on empowering women and girls, and safeguard gains made on gender equality during the 25 years since the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and its Platform for Action.
დღეს ევროკავშირმა მაკროფინანსური დახმარების პროგრამების ფარგლებში საქართველოს მისი საგადამხდელო ბალანსის მხარდასაჭერად და საბიუჯეტო საფინანსო საჭიროებების შესამსუბუქებლად 100 მილიონი ევროს ოდენობის ტრანში გდმოურიცხა.
Today the EU disbursed €100 million under its macro-financial assistance (MFA) programmes to Georgia, helping its balance of payments and alleviating its budgetary financing needs. MFA is meant to help restore a sustainable external financial situation, as a complement to International Monetary Fund (IMF) financing. Since 2008, the EU has launched four MFA operations in Georgia.
On 20 November, the EU and Cuba held their second dialogue on advancing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Organised by videoconference, this dialogue, established under the EU-Cuba Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement (PDCA), took stock of the progress that Cuba and the EU have made and challenges they face in pursuing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The European Union is stepping up its efforts to implement the UN arms embargo on Libya, thereby contributing to the peace process in the country, through the launch of a Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) military operation in the Mediterranean. These efforts resulted in the launch of the Operation EUNAVFOR MED IRINI (Irini is the Greek word for “peace”) with the main task to implement the UN arms embargo on Libya through the use of aerial, satellite and maritime assets.
On 2 December 2004, 9 years after the war ended, the European Union (EU) launched the military Operation ALTHEA in BiH. This followed the decision by NATO to hand over its own peacekeeping mission that had maintained security in the region since the war ended. The EU deployed a robust military force (EUFOR) to ensure continued compliance with the Dayton/Paris Agreement and to contribute to a Safe And Secure Environment (SASE) in BiH.