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The new spike of violence and actions undermining the cessation of hostilities, notably the Syrian regime's most recent offensives near Aleppo and east of Damascus, put the peace talks at risk, as the UN Special Envoy de Mistura has said.


On 16 April 2016, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck the northern coast of Ecuador. The most powerful earthquake in the country since 1949 caused widespread devastation, killed at least 655 people and injured over 17 500. Almost 30 000 people are in need of emergency shelters.

The most affected areas are Pedernales, Muisne, San Vicente, Manta and Portoviejo, bordering Ecuador’s Pacific coast.

Eastern Partnership Panel on CSDP facilitates the participation by partner countries in the EU-led missions and operations. Currently three out of six EaP countries (Georgia, the Republic of Moldova, and Ukraine) participate in the EU-led missions in EUMAM RCA, EUTM Mali, and EUAM Ukraine or contribute to EU Battle Groups. As of today altogether 11 partner countries participate in 8 EU-led CSDP missions and operations.


St. Saviours Primary School, located in Hlotse, is one of the 40 schools in Lesotho targeted by the sustainable school sanitation systems project implemented by Technologies for Economic Development (TED). Funded by the European Union, the project aims to improve the sanitation situation in schools around the country.

This is a press release delivered by the International Geneva Gender Champions Initiative Steering Group. The EU Delegation to the UN is represented in the initiative by its Head of Delegation, Peter Sørensen.

On the occasion of the New York launch of the #EU4Humanrights campaign, the EU Delegation to the UN organized on the 28th of April a well attended event entitled "Making more space – civil society in the multilateral context".