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A blue sky above the Belgian coast, blue EU and UN flags flying, and none other than the blue Smurfs in their homeland, a perfect setting for a gathering of around 2000 students on a mission to save the blue planet. This was just one of the first actions taking place in the margins of the #EUBeachCleanUp – a global campaign for climate, happening on or around 21 September, World Coastal Cleanup Day. This day also marks the International Day of Peace, and also happens to be the day when in New York the UN Youth Climate Summit brings together young activists, innovators, entrepreneurs, and change-makers to showcase climate solutions and engage with global leaders on this defining issue of our time. Adolescents and youths from different walks of life…. together with international organisations and global partners… all with one goal: joining forces in this global fight… a peaceful fight… committed to combatting climate change!
In the countdown to the Climate Action Summit by the United Nations, the EU reaffirms its commitment to accelerated climate ambition. "The European Union has a powerful story to tell at the UN Climate Summit later this month. We are a global climate leader and our climate action is an outstanding example of delivery," Commissioner for Climate Action and energy, Miguel Arias Cañete stated. The UN Climate Summit, taking place in New York on 23 September, also kicks off the second session of the 2019 Climate Diplomacy Weeks, during which the EU Delegations around the world are fully engaged in a number of pro-climate activities.
NUR-SULTAN – More than 20 Kazakh national experts, representatives of ministries and industries were trained and learned from the EU experience on air quality management as part of the EU’s tailor-made support to Central Asia (CA) on environmental project preparation. The training is organized by the EU-funded project WECOOP in cooperation with International Green Technologies and Investments Centre (IGTIC) and aims to assist Kazakhstan in improving its air quality monitoring and management capabilities.
Every year we celebrate World Oceans Day to remind everyone of the major role the oceans have in everyday life. In return we owe it to the ocean to take action to protect it as best we can. The EU plays an important part in ocean activism. Three years ago, together with the High Representative Federica Mogherini, the EU set out an International Ocean Governance agenda, for the future of our oceans, proposing 50 actions for safe, secure, clean and sustainably managed oceans in Europe and around the world.