The coronavirus outbreak has demanded a redirection of resources. Many NGOs and civil society organisations around the world have been fundamental to ensure the protection of people, communities, environment and culture. “On World NGO Day, we pay tribute to their engagement, the impact of which should not be underestimated or taken for granted” stated EU High Representative Josep Borrell.
The European Commission through its Directorate-General for Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) allocated 945,000 euros to UNICEF’s humanitarian response in the aftermath of Eta and Iota in Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala. Around 37,000 most vulnerable people hit by the hurricanes will benefit from the EU's support.
Nations around the world gathered virtually for the 75th General Assembly of the United Nations. This historical gathering comes at a time when we are facing global challenges and global responses are difficult to find. The EU calls for a reform of multilateralism by design and not by destruction: “We must revitalize the system, not abandon it. So, this week and beyond, we will uphold the spirit of the UNGA and defend multilateralism, which all countries so badly need. A world without the UN would endanger us all.” stated High Representative/Vice President Josep Borrell.