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Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.

The Day’s theme for 2016 is “The Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace.”

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals were unanimously adopted by the 193 Member States of the United Nations at an historic summit of the world’s leaders in New York in September 2015. The new ambitious 2030 agenda calls on countries to begin efforts to achieve these goals over the next 15 years. It aims to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all.

The Sustainable Development Goals are integral to achieving peace in our time, as development and peace are interdependent and mutually reinforcing.

“The 17 Sustainable Development Goals are our shared vision of humanity and a social contract between the world's leaders and the people,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. “They are a to-do list for people and planet, and a blueprint for success.”

Sustainability addresses the fundamental needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Modern challenges of poverty, hunger, diminishing natural resources, water scarcity, social inequality, environmental degradation, diseases, corruption, racism and xenophobia, among others, pose challenges for peace and create fertile grounds for conflict. Sustainable development contributes decisively to dissipation and elimination of these causes of conflict and provides the foundation for a lasting peace. Peace, meanwhile, reinforces the conditions for sustainable development and liberates the resources needed for societies to develop and prosper.

Every single one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals is a building block in the global architecture of peace. It is critical that we mobilise means of implementation, including financial resources, technology development and transfer, and capacity-building, as well as the role of partnerships. Everyone has a stake and everyone has a contribution to make.

source: http://www.un.org


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The Heads of Governments of the EU member states were gathered -for the first time without the UK representative- for an informal meeting on the 16th of September. Fiscal Policy, international trade, Brexit, as well ashot topics such as the common defence or migration were on the official agenda with the aim to draw the road map to be followed by European Governments over the next 12 months.

Together with the Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico and the President of the European Council Donald Tusk, Jean-Claude Junker expressed its satisfaction concerning the firm support Member States have announced regarding the new initiatives declared in his speech about the State of the Union.

More particularly, Junker highlighted a unanimous backing concerning the pace recently adopted with regards to the promotion of the EU's Digital Single Market. These measures should foster Europe’s “modernisation, economic growth and creation of new jobs" the President said. EU leaders also approved the commission’s propositions aiming at increasing the amplitude of Europe’s investment plan, which has already mobilised €116 billion during the first year of its implementation.

Concerning the migration crisis, Junker confirmed that the EU is already implementing measures in order to respond to the request of Bulgaria, which has to face increasing pressure on its frontier with Turkey. The President affirmed that, in addition to material support aimed at protecting the frontier from illegal migration, the Union will provide €108 million in emergency funding in order to strengthen Bulgaria’s reception capacities. The objective is to raise this figure to €160 million in the coming weeks in order to fully respond to the needs of the Bulgarian government.

reference: http://ec.europa.eu

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