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16 Jan 2019 description
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New 2019 Operating Plans signed with Greece, Italy and Cyprus, with the latter mandating a notable increase in support from EASO

In late December 2018, the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) signed three new Operating Plans with authorities in Cyprus, Greece and Italy. The new Plans are updates of previous versions, and detail the support that the Agency will provide to the asylum authorities of the three EU Member States throughout 2019 in order to ensure that EASO continues to meet the operational needs of the authorities that request it.

27 Dec 2018 description
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In the first 11 months of 2018, the number of irregular border crossings into the EU fell by 30% from a year ago to about 138 000, mainly because of lower migratory pressure in the Central Mediterranean. A month before the end of the year, 2018 remains on track to see the lowest number of illegal border crossings since 2014.

In November, about 8 800 irregular border crossings were detected on the main migratory routes into the EU, 44% lower than in the same month of last year.

Western Mediterranean

21 Dec 2018 description
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The Council extended the mandate of the EUNAVFOR MED Operation Sophia until 31 March 2019.

20 Dec 2018 description
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New EASO Guidance on reception conditions for unaccompanied children

**EASO has published a new Guidance_ on reception conditions for unaccompanied children: operational standards and indicators._ **

17 Dec 2018 description

NEW YORK/BRUSSELS, 14 December 2018

The European Union and the United Nations approve €260 million in funding to eliminate violence against women and girls in 13 African and Latin American countries.

The Spotlight Initiative’s Operational Steering Committee has approved national programmes to eliminate violence against women and girls in Argentina, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mexico, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

06 Dec 2018 description
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On 5 December 2018, the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) convened its 8th annual Consultative Forum Plenary Meeting in Brussels with over 200 participants from NGOs and academia, as well as international organisations, EU institutions and Member States.

30 Nov 2018 description
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Education in emergencies and crises: Council adopts conclusions

Council of the EU
26/11/2018 10:20 Press release 689/18

The Council adopted conclusions on education in emergencies and protracted crises. The Council expresses its grave concern that more than 75 million children affected by emergencies and protracted crises have no access to quality education. The Council is equally concerned that violence is on the increase in and around the education environment.

30 Nov 2018 description
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RÉSULTATS DES TRAVAUX
Origine: Secrétariat général du Conseil
en date du: 26 novembre 2018
Destinataire: délégations
Nº doc. préc.: 12817/18
Objet: L'éducation dans les situations d'urgence et de crises prolongées - Conclusions du Conseil (26 novembre 2018)

Les délégations trouveront en annexe les conclusions du Conseil sur l'éducation dans les situations d'urgence et de crises prolongées que le Conseil a adoptées lors de sa 3654e session, tenue le 26 novembre 2018.

30 Nov 2018 description
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Check against delivery!

Merci beaucoup Monsieur le Président.

Monsieur le Président, Madame la Secrétaire d'État [Karoline Edtstadler, State Secretary in the Austrian Ministry of Interior], merci à tous pour l'attention constante que vous payez à ce débat sur le travail que les Nations Unis sont en train de faire, mais aussi sur le thème de migration qui est un des thèmes cruciaux de notre temps, de notre travail comme institutions européennes avec les états membres dans la Commission et avec le parlement.

20 Nov 2018 description
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Water diplomacy: Council adopts conclusions

On 19 November 2019, the Council adopted conclusions on water diplomacy. The Council recalls that water is a prerequisite for human survival and dignity and a fundamental basis for the resilience of both societies and the environment. Water is vital for human nutrition and health, and essential for ecosystem management, agriculture, energy and overall planetary security.

24 Oct 2018 description
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11th Annual Joint Consultative Meeting of the Political and Security Committee of the European Union and of the Peace and Security Council of the African Union

Brussels, Belgium
23 October 2018

18 Oct 2018 description
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CHILD TRAFFICKING: WHO ARE THE VICTIMS AND THE CRIMINAL NETWORKS TRAFFICKING THEM IN AND INTO THE EU 18 October 2018

New Europol report on child trafficking provides up-to-date intelligence picture on criminal phenomenon One of the most serious aspects of this phenomenon is the role of the family, with Europol receiving regular notifications of children being sold to criminal networks by their families. In some cases they engage directly in the trafficking and exploitation of their own children.

15 Oct 2018 description
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In the first nine months of 2018, the number of irregular border crossings into the EU via the top four migratory routes fell by a third from a year ago to about 100 100, mainly because of lower migratory pressure on the Central Mediterranean route.

In September, some 12 900 irregular crossings were detected on the main migratory routes into the EU, 21% fewer than in the same month of last year.

Western Mediterranean

12 Oct 2018 description
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The guidelines produced during the project DARWIN and provided in this document represent 13 topics belonging to 6 higher-level themes, captured in the table below. The topics, addressed through Capability Cards, capture a significant amount of information, structured around five main sections:

• Purpose, which highlights the overall objective and scope of the CC.

09 Oct 2018 description
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Council conclusions

The Council today adopted conclusions on climate change which emphasise the unprecedented urgency which is needed to step up global efforts to avoid the dangerous effects of climate change. Climate change is happening and its effects are being felt all over the world. Environment ministers are sending a strong political signal in these conclusions, which constitute the basis for the EU's position at the forthcoming COP24 climate conference in Katowice, Poland, in December.

03 Oct 2018 description
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The European Union is a strong supporter of the Action for Peacekeeping initiative of Secretary-General Guterres, as well as of the Declaration of Shared Commitments on UN Peacekeeping Operations. And it will continue to play an active and constructive role in the negotiations on the budget concerning this priority. But let us also be frank: UN peacekeeping must become far more effective and efficient so as to confront the new conflicts and crises that arise every day around the world.

26 Sep 2018 description

In the face of rising global levels of violent conflict, we – the United Nations (UN) and the European Union (EU) – have identified a new set of forward-looking priorities for cooperation on peace operations and crisis management in 2019-2021. These priorities form part of the broader EU – UN partnership where we will continue to engage together in promoting multilateralism and a rules-based order as the most effective way for addressing pressing global challenges.

22 Aug 2018 description
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In the first seven months of 2018, the number of irregular border crossings into the EU via the top four migratory routes fell by 43 per cent from a year ago to about 73 500, mainly because of lower migratory pressure on the Central Mediterranean route.

In July, some 14 900 irregular crossings were detected on the main migratory routes into the EU, 18% fewer than in the same month of last year.

Western Mediterranean

10 Aug 2018 description
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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.