The Council of Europe Istanbul Convention on Action against violence against women and domestic violence recently celebrated its decennium anniversary. Shortly thereafter, Turkey announced on 20 March 2021 it would withdraw from the Istanbul Convention. On 29 March, the EU Delegation to the Council of Europe invited five panellists to talk about the impact that the Convention had in their respective countries and policy fields. The event was entitled “Listen to Her: Taking Actions to End Violence Against Women”, and attracted considerable interest.
As the beginning of the Syrian uprising is marking its very sad 10th anniversary, the EU Delegation to the UN in Geneva hosted a virtual debate in the context of the ‘Brussels V Conference on Syria’ to discuss the situation of the most vulnerable group hit by the conflict – the children. The ten year-long conflict in Syria had a huge impact on children and their well-being. A whole generation of children has known nothing but war.
"Following its approval by all 27 Member States of the European Union in November last year, we decided to bring the Action Plan to each region. It is an external Plan for our work outside the EU, so building awareness about it is essential to our engagement and its success. It was fitting that we start with the Americas, as there are no regions in the world as reciprocally integrated as the Americas and Europe. "