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27 July 2015, Brussels - Christos Stylianides, EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, travelled to Iraq's Kurdistan region this weekend, meeting key government officials and humanitarian partners. The Commissioner's visit is the second to Iraq this year as the humanitarian situation is proving to be one of the most rapidly escalating crises in the world.
20 July 2015, Brussels - The EU Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy Action Plan reinforces the EU's commitment to human rights and focuses on empowering local actors and civil society organisations. All EU Member States stand united in taking it forward.
Specific actions are outlined under 5 subject areas: boosting ownership of local actors; addressing human rights challenges; ensuring a comprehensive human rights approach to conflicts and crises; fostering better coherence and consistency; and ensuring a more effective human rights and democracy support policy.
16 July 2015, Addis Ababa - The many weeks of discussions with our international partners have borne fruit: today the Third International Conference on Financing for Development has agreed on the “Addis Ababa Action Agenda”. I welcome this accord, which puts in place very robust foundations to support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that will be agreed in September in New York and the climate agreement to be adopted in December in Paris.
I am delighted that together we have been able to decide on an ambitious vision. Today’s agreement acknowledges that all actors have to mobilise all resources to come to a success.