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She is one of the young women who dares to go against all odds when it comes to pursuing a dream. She harboured a dream, but along the way, at 16, she got pregnant, and dropped out of school, and many thought it was all over, and she also believed so herself at one point. Her name is Irene Erasto, now 22. Hers was a story that was difficult to tell... how without an income she had to feed and care for her young child.

The EU supports the Stand Up for Jamaica prison education programme, investing in rehabilitation and a sustainable, more peaceful and more prosperous future for Jamaica's youth.

The new funding comes on top of the €375 million already committed in 2014. This support will help to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and to promote lifelong learning opportunities for all, thus contributing to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and the objective of leaving no one behind.

The 5th African Union–European Union (AU-EU) Summit, will take place in Abidjan, Côte D’Ivoire, on 29-30 November 2017 and has "Investing in Youth for a Sustainable Future" as its overarching theme. At this first summit with all AU members, two political partners will meet to cover all aspects of their partnership. Ahead of the summit, 1500 business leaders and decision-makers are gathering on 27 November for the 6th EU-Africa business forum.


Le 5e sommet entre l'Union africaine et l'Union européenne (UA-UE) se tiendra à Abidjan, en Côte d’Ivoire, les 29 et 30 novembre 2017. Il aura pour thème «Investir dans la jeunesse pour un avenir durable». Réunissant pour la première fois l'ensemble des membres de l’UA, les deux partenaires politiques se rencontreront afin d'évoquer tous les aspects de leur partenariat. Deux jours avant le sommet, 1 500 chefs d’entreprise et responsables politiques se réuniront le 27 novembre à l'occasion du 6e Forum des affaires UE-Afrique.


Michel Servoz, the Director General of EMPL at the European Commission was in Abu Dhabi this week attending the 2017 Ministers TVET Summit organised on the occasion of the 44th WorldSkills Competition, where he shared the importance of investing in skills and the changing dynamics of the work place.

The European Union's relations with Indonesia are developing rapidly, reflecting Indonesia's status as the third largest democracy with the fourth largest population in the world, a regional 'giant' representing some 36% of the ASEAN GDP and 261 million inhabitants, and emerging global player (G20 member, 8th economy in the world in purchasing power parity). The European Union and Indonesia share similar values, interests and outlook on regional integration, multilateralism, democracy and human rights in open and tolerant societies, the environment and climate change.