French Development Agency (AFD) signs 3.5-million-euro Grant Facility Agreement with Government of India for implementing the MobiliseYourCity initiative financed by the European Union in favor of sustainable urban mobility
'In the past, we may have achieved military victory over insurgent forces, but these victories were often only temporary. We need new approaches and we need to involve more regional forces.' With these words the Italian Minister of Defence, Senator Roberta Pinotti closed the ESDC pilot course 'The New Peacekeeping Operations as a Stabilising Factor for the European Union'. The course ran from 8 to 12 May and took place at the Italian Centre for Higher Defence Studies (CASD) in Rome, bringing together, for the main part of the course, 43 participants from the EU and the UN.
The effort to combat climate change has overcome a great many challenges. From being ignored, underestimated, or outright denied, to the near global consensus it enjoys today. Challenges remain, but the Paris climate agreement was a landmark. Our direction of travel is now clear and unstoppable.
Our work on EU security and defence continues. One year ago, High Representative Federica Mogherini launched the EU Global Strategy, which set a new level of ambition for the EU’s role in the field of defence. That was followed by the European Defence Action Plan, and the EU-NATO Joint Declaration to step up our cooperation. The European Commission has officially established the European Defence Fund, which will support military related research and Europe’s defence industry.
The inaugural EU Australia Leadership Forum (EUALF) gathered up to 160 likeminded high level European and Australian participants in Sydney on 2-6 June.
The EUALF is funded by the European Union as a three year public diplomacy project with the overall aim to broaden and deepen the existing ties between the EU and Australia to help shape the vision for the partnership.