EU-UN Spotlight Initiative Tackles Domestic Violence in Pacific

Domestic Violence

The European Union and the United Nations are announcing today a €50 million investment to tackle domestic violence in the Pacific region, as part of the EU-UN Spotlight Initiative. The €50 million contribution will fund new programmes to support concrete measures to end domestic and gender-based violence. It will do so by supporting preventive measures,…

Commission to Provide €161.5 million Aid to Yemen for 2019

aid to Yemen

As millions of people continue to suffer in Yemen, the European Commission has announced its intention to provide €161.5 million in humanitarian aid for 2019. This brings total Commission support for Yemen since the beginning of the crisis in 2015 to €710 million. Announcing the EU’s contribution today in Geneva, at  the conference on the…

Finalists Announced for European Mobility Week

Sustainable Transport

The European Commission has revealed the finalists of the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Awards and the Award for Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning (SUMP). The EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Awards showcase local authorities that demonstrate significant efforts in promoting sustainable urban mobility, while the SUMP Award recognises outstanding sustainable urban mobility planning. The finalists for the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award 2018 for larger municipalities…

Is Georgia Backsliding On Corruption?

Corruption Perception

Georgia is ranked number 41 alongside Spain and Latvia, writes James Wilson.   This is according to the Transparency International (TI) Corruption Perceptions Index 2018 published last month, – a slight improvement in the country’s ranking compared with 2017. The biggest improvements in tackling corruption were made by former President Mikhail Saakashvili, whose reforms helped…

Nick Clegg Challenged To Tackle Facebook “Fake News” Ahead of EU Elections

Nick Clegg Facebook

Facebook’s global affairs boss Sir Nick Clegg has been challenged to tackle the spread of ‘fake news’ on Facebook ahead of vital European elections, writes James Wilson. Catherine Stihler, chief executive of Open Knowledge International and a former MEP, has written to the former UK Deputy Prime Minister to request more transparency from Facebook and…

Fire is not the only fear with construction material safety

Mineral Wool

Fire Safe Europe, accompanied by Smurfs characters, were inside the European Parliament this week to launch a campaign with  Vladimir Manka MEP (ASD from Slovakia), writes James Wilson.  The Campaign organisation, which has Rockwool and Knauf among its founders, called for EU election candidates to sign a pledge to work to improve fire safety during the…

Human-Centred Development and Governance

Development and Governance

It was in September 2018   that Mr. Uner Kirdar, the Former Senior United Nations official and the main architect of UNDP Development Study Programme, said: ‘True development can only be achieved through a process that places ‘people’ at the centre of all concerns, writes Hande Bozatli. This process must aim at the maximum release of…

Enemy at the gate: Ukraine’s decisive battle for freedom

Surkov speaking with Putin

Meddling in elections is nothing new for the Kremlin, and Ukraine is not an exception. Russia has no constraints in applying the widest range of instruments to reverse its loss of political influence in Ukraine. The ruling elite in modern Russia still dreams of the geopolitical project of the “Russian World”, to ensure domination of…

Appeal to Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa to Release Political Prisoners

Geoffrey Van Orden

Zimbabwe must release political prisoners and return to the path of democratic change, Conservative Security and Defence spokesman Geoffrey Van Orden told the European Parliament this week. Van Orden contrasted the current crisis with the feelings of optimism and change when Robert Mugabe was ousted in November 2017. However, the clampdown and suppression of free…