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The second edition of the ESDC booklet WHAT WE ARE – WHAT WE DO has been released. On 23 February 2017, the new publication of the ESDC was presented by Dirk Dubois, head of the ESDC, on the occasion of the alumni conference. The main message is that the European Security and Defence College remains the number one training provider for the Common Security and Defence Policy in the broader context of the Common Foreign and Security Policy.

The main message is that the European Security and Defence College remains the number one training provider for the Common Security and Defence Policy in the broader context of the Common Foreign and Security Policy.

ISEM has a special focus on girls in all its interventions and will ensure that girls are supported to access and complete secondary school. Bursaries, bicycles and other support mechanisms will be provided to ensure that this objective is achieved.

The European Union (EU) Ambassador to the Republic of Palau and the Pacific, H. E Andrew Jacobs had fruitful discussions on the EU-Palau cooperation, regional economic integration, sustainable management of natural resources and climate change with the President of Palau, H.E Tommy Remengesau Jr. and H.E Vice President Raynold Oilouch in the Palauan capital today.

The EU Delegation to Malaysia organized a networking event yesterday evening with Malaysian higher education institutions and students to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Erasmus+ program.

The event brought together over a hundred key representatives of institutions for higher education in Malaysia, EU member States representatives from the Ministry of Higher Education and most important our students participating in the exchange programme.

The objective of this event is t...o informed on opportunities for international educational exchanges between the EU members State and Malaysia.

Since 2004, more than 650 Malaysian (students and academics) have taken advantage of the EU-funded international mobility programmes (Erasmus). in 2016 alone, a total of 161 Malaysian students and academics were exchanged with EU, while 79 European students and academic staff came to Malaysia.

On 17 February 2017, His Majesty King Mswati III, the King of Swaziland, commissioned newly-constructed health facilities in the Kingdom funded by the European Union in collaboration with the World Bank. The event was held at Buhleni royal palace in the north of Swaziland. The King was accompanied by EU Ambassador to Swaziland, Nicola Bellomo.

In accordance with Article 17 of the Cotonou Agreement and Article 6 of the Rules of Procedure of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly, Members of the Assembly from the West African Region of the ACP Group and their European Parliament counterparts held a regional meeting in Freetown, Sierra Leone, from 22-24 February 2017.

• Mr Chairman, we would first like first to thank you for your report on recent meetings which showed a commitment among many Members to achieve a substantive result in MC11.

• We all agree that a rules-based multilateral trading system is vital to ensure a stable and predictable framework for world trade. At a time when protectionist tendencies around the world are putting strain on this system, it is of utmost importance to strengthen the WTO. The next opportunity will come at the end of the year in Buenos Aires and we should seize it.

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