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"The PPAP aims at improving the livelihoods of smallholder cocoa and coffee producers through the improvement of performance and sustainability of value chains. The EU grant will enable up-scaling of the cocoa component of the project and allow for 8 000 new cocoa farming households in East New Britain Province and the Autonomous Region of Bougainville to benefit from PPAP from 2015-2017."

John Moxon, Project Co-ordinator, World Bank.

High Representative Federica Mogherini today gave strong messages of support to Non-Governmental Organisations working in the field of Human Rights, telling the 17th EU-NGO Forum on Human Rights that "civil society has a crucial role to play in our foreign policy. It is not only a key player, but also a main driver for change in all societies, in terms of democracy, good governance, resilience, cohesion, promotion of fundamental human rights."

 

The decision on 1 December by the Russian Ministry of Justice to list the Open Society Foundations and the Open Society Institute Assistance Foundation as "undesirable organisations" along with the National Endowment for Democracy, which was listed in July, is a further restriction to the space for civil society in Russia.

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La décision prise le 1er décembre par le ministère russe de la justice d'inscrire les Open Society Foundations et l'Open Society Institute Assistance Foundation sur la liste des «organisations indésirables», aux côtés de la Fondation nationale pour la démocratie, dont l'inscription sur ladite liste remonte à juin dernier, constitue une restriction de plus à l'espace laissé à la société civile en Russie.

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Speaking at today’s OSCE Ministerial Council in Belgrade, High Representative Federica Mogherini highlighted the importance of cooperation to strengthen security in Europe:

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