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After seven years since the Sixth session of the Association Council (AC) of the European Union and the Arab Republic of Egypt, the seventh session took place in Brussels on 25 July 2017. Both sides took this decision in recognition of the great importance of their partnership in addressing their political, economic social, security and cultural interests and in confronting their common challenges in the region.

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عقب سبع سنوات منذ الدورة السادسة لمجلس الشراكة بين الاتحاد الأوروبي وجمهورية مصر العربية، عقدت الدورة السابعة في بروكسل في 25 يوليو 2017. اتخذ الجانبان هذا القرار اعترافا بالأهمية الكبيرة لشراكتهما في تناول مصالحهما السياسية والاقتصادية والاجتماعية والأمنية والثقافية، وفي مجابهة تحدياتهما المشتركة في المنطقة.

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Baghdad, Iraq - 25 July 2017

 

Local EU statement on the referendum announced by the President of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq

 

Baghdad, Iraq – 24 July 2017 – The European Union Delegation to Iraq issues the following statement in agreement with the EU Heads of Mission in Iraq:

 

On 19 July 2017, EU UNDP Border Management in Northern Afghanistan project handed over its newly constructed and equipped Training Centre to the Afghan Border Police. The inauguration ceremony took place at the ABP Brigade # 6 in Mazar-e-Sharif. The Centre is a two-story building consisting of classrooms, office space, accommodation, kitchen and dining room, toilet & wash rooms, etc. and is equipped with all necessary equipment including laptop computers, office equipment and furniture, beds in bedding, kitchen equipment.

On 19 July 2017, EU UNDP Border Management in Northern Afghanistan project handed over its newly constructed and equipped Training Centre to the Afghan Border Police.

The Africa-EU Civil Society Forum, a gathering of African and European Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), took place on 11-13 July in Tunis.

Since 1992, the European Commission, through its European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO), has provided over €188 million South Caucasus regions, including both humanitarian aid related to conflicts and natural disasters, and funding of disaster risk reduction initiatives.

The European Commission's Disaster Preparedness Project, DIPECHO, is a proven model to save lives and preserve livelihoods with some of the achievements being: DRR awareness significantly increased at all levels; introduction of DRR in school curriculum; inclusive DRR education to reduce the vulnerability of disadvantaged children; innovative pilot projects linking DRR with climate change adaptation; strengthening capacities of disaster management authorities, national organisations and communities, and gradually include DRR
in government policies and development plans. The total DIPECHO funding in South Caucasus
since 2010 amounts to over €10.4 million.

In the present funding cycle (2017-2018), the European Union is funding community-based initiatives increasing the resilience of the population through simple, inexpensive measures such as disaster mapping, evacuation plans, building of safe havens and the pre-stocking of food. The EU also continues to fund school-based preparedness projects, and advocates with national and regional authorities to integrate disaster risk reduction into formal school curricula and general school activities. The current DIPECHO partners in the South Caucasus are: UNDP, UNICEF, Save the Children, Danish Red Cross (implemented through Armenian and Georgian Red Cross societies), Oxfam and Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund (ASB).

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