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At today's Foreign Affairs Council, Ministers discussed – amongst other issues – the external aspects of migration. EU cooperation with partners was one of the key topics: joint work by the African Union, the European Union and the United Nations in Libya which has helped more than 37,000 persons to return safely to their countries of origin shows that the partnership approach continues to deliver.

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EU will add €40 million to its contribution to UNRWA, Mogherini announced following meetings on the margins of the UN General Assembly. Overall contribution of EU and Member States to UNRWA reaches approximately €1.2 billion in three years.

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Reinforcing the EU - UN Strategic Partnership on Peace Operations and Crisis Management

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In times when multilateralism is increasingly being challenged, the EU's cooperation with international partners shows that joint work delivers results and solutions to global challenges. The EU and the UN are working together in more than 170 countries all over the world and the successful partnership under the AU-EU-UN Taksforce helped almost 30,000 people stranded in Libya to return voluntarily to their countries.

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At the second "Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region" conference hosted by the EU in Brussels on 24-25 April 2018, the international community and the governments of refugee hosting countries came together to reaffirm their commitment to support the millions of civilians affected by the conflict in Syria as well as the refugees and communities generously hosting them.

The European Union, through the EU Trust Fund for Africa, and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) co-finance a project in Niger which helps local authorities identify development and infrastructure measures and strengthen their capacity to better address the consequences of migration. More than 150 000 people will benefit from better access to basic services which will also create 1 500 jobs.

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EUCAP Sahel Niger, an EU civilian capacity building mission, helps women leaders to get a better understanding of the work of security forces so that they can sensitize other women in their communities about the prevention of and fight against migrant smuggling. In 2017, the mission organised 198 training events for more than 3400 people on issues such as public order, crisis management, trafficking and others.

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There are an estimated 370 million indigenous people worldwide, living across 90 countries. They make up less than 5 per cent of the world's population, but account for 15 per cent of the poorest. Nevertheless, indigenous peoples contribute to the diversity and richness of civilizations and cultures and indeed to our common heritage. The EU, together with the rest of the world, celebrates this contribution on International Day for the World’s Indigenous Peoples.

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On the International Day for the World’s Indigenous Peoples, we celebrate the contributions of indigenous peoples to the diversity and richness of civilizations and cultures and indeed to our common heritage. It is also a day where we take stock of the many achievements in the recognition and realisation of their rights and identify the actions that the world community still needs to take, so that human rights are universally applied without any discrimination.

More than 32,000 stranded and vulnerable migrants were supported to voluntarily return to their countries of origin and over 44,000 migrants have received assistance upon arrival since the start of the EU-IOM Joint Initiative. The Joint Initiative was vital for Pierre-Roland, Helène and Jean-Marc, and many others, to be reintegrated into their country.

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