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In 2021, we mark the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour. Despite the progress made globally over the years, in 2020, there were still 160 million children in child labour, with 79 million children trapped in hazardous work. This is a heavy blow, as for the first time in the past 20 years, we see an increase in the number of children in child labour. Millions of children further risk falling victim to child labour due to the coronavirus pandemic and its socio-economic consequences.

The Delegation of the European Union to Ghana and the Embassy of the Netherlands to Ghana, in collaboration with the COCOBOD, hosted in Accra on 10 June 2021, the third multi-stakeholder roundtable on sustainable cocoa on the theme: Multi-stakeholder Coordination towards a Sustainable Cocoa Sector.

A third European Union-Zimbabwe Political Dialogue Meeting took place in Harare on 10 June 2021.

A third European Union-Zimbabwe Political Dialogue Meeting took place in Harare on 10 June 2021.

Seven months into the conflict in Ethiopia's Tigray region, human rights atrocities and the full-blown humanitarian crisis are alarming, currently pushing 400,000 innocent people to the brink of famine and loss of life. This must be addressed immediately. We do well to remember the 1980s famine in Ethiopia, which led to an estimated one million deaths, many as a result of food assistance being blocked.

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Ambassadors, ladies and gentlemen,

 

1.  The 2021 geopolitical landscape

I am pleased to speak to you today about the role of the EU on the maintenance of international peace and security.

We live in a world where the demand for multilateral solutions is greater than the supply. We see more divisions, more free-riding and more distrust than the world can afford. 

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