In just one week, on September 10-14, 2018, the Emergency Management Service of the EU’s Earth observation program Copernicus was activated twice by the United States in relation to Hurricane Florence and Typhoon Mangkhut over Guam.
A #RaceToTheTop to #BeatPlasticPollution event co-hosted by the EU and the UN Environment Programme, took place on Tuesday, 25 September, during the UN General Assembly, encouraging governments around the world to follow the EU’s lead and tackle this cross-border challenge. The EU is at the forefront of the global transition towards a more circular economy, transforming how products are designed, produced, used, and recycled in a way that is positive for our environment and boosts our industry’s competitiveness.
The European Union continues to support sustainable tourism development in the Western Balkans and has recently, in collaboration with the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), launched a grant scheme worth 1.62-million-Euros that will be used to improve infrastructure and the quality of services along regional cultural and adventure tourism routes.
By developing unique and sustainable tourism models based on natural, traditional and cultural values and promoting the best features of the Western Balkans, the European Union helps boost economic development, generate income and jobs and increase cross-border cooperation in the region’s most beautiful corners.
Update – the closing remarks are now available
“We Europeans, as much as you, believe that trade should be free and fair at the same time. We are now modernising our trade and political agreements with Mexico, Chile and with Mercosur. We want to expand their benefits to a larger number of people and, particularly, to Small and Medium-sized Enterprises.”
The President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker will, alongside the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk represent the European Union at the 20th EU-China Summit and the 25th EU-Japan Summit on Monday 16 July in Beijing and Tuesday 17 July in Tokyo respectively.
Today’s discussions focused on energy infrastructure, innovation and transitions as important means of promoting transparent, open and secure energy markets.
The fifth round of the High-level Political and Security Dialogue between the European Union and the countries of Central Asia (Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan) took place on 9 July 2018 in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. Afghanistan was invited to take part in the Dialogue as a special guest.
The China Urban Green Financing Forum was held on July 5th by the Europe-China Eco Cities Link project (EC Link) in cooperation with the Cities Development Initiative for Asia (CDIA) to establish a network of cities, expertise and financing institutions in implementing green investments collaboratively.
Yesterday’s International Plastic Bag Free Day was a good opportunity to raise awareness on the environmental impact and hazards of single-use plastics by spreading the word that a plastic bag free world is possible and that more sustainable alternatives to single use plastic bags are available.