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The EU's foreign affairs ministers today called for strengthening global ambition to tackle climate change and restated the EU's commitment to lead the way in 2018, a crucial year for ensuring the effective implementation of the Paris Agreement.

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On 26 February the Foreign Affairs Council adopted conclusions on climate diplomacy. The Council reconfirms that the EU will continue to lead the way in the global pursuit of climate action. It also recognises the implications that climate change has for international security and stability.

Thanks to EU support, 1,670 children in Belarus can study in warmer, brighter classrooms.

The European Parliament and Council today reached a provisional agreement on a key legislative proposal for implementing the EU's 2030 climate objectives – on accounting of emissions from land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF). They form part of the EU's policy to drive Europe's transition to a modern and clean economy.

Two years after the Paris Agreement, the EU is firmly in the lead in fighting climate change. To that end the Commission announced a series of initiatives for a modern and clean economy at the One Planet Summit in Paris today.

The European Union sees global partnerships and increased cooperation as essential to advancing the Union's strategic interests and to tackle global challenges.

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.

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The 5th Eastern Partnership Summit took place today in Brussels. The leaders of all 28 Member States - together with Presidents Donald Tusk and Jean-Claude Juncker as well as EU High Representative Federica Mogherini - participated in the Summit with the six Eastern Partnership countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine. At the Summit, leaders took stock of progress made since the Riga Summit in 2015, with a focus on the tangible impact the partnership brings to eastern partner citizens.

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