On 24 March, the Council of the European Union held an exchange of views with US President Joe Biden on transatlantic cooperation in the context of the Russian military aggression against Ukraine.
The Council demanded that Russia immediately stop its military aggression in Ukraine, war crimes like targeting civilian objects, and guarantee safe passage to civilians trapped in all war zones.
The EU says it will continue to provide coordinated political, financial, material and humanitarian support to Ukraine and to move quickly with further coordinated robust sanctions on Russia and Belarus to effectively thwart Russian abilities to continue the aggression. The European Council called on all countries to align with those sanctions, adding that “any attempts to circumvent sanctions or to aid Russia by other means must be stopped”.
The European Council also recognised all the efforts already made to welcome refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine, and called on all Member States to intensify their efforts, and invited the Commission to take any necessary initiatives to facilitate such efforts.
Once the Russian onslaught has ceased, the European Union says it is committed to provide support to the Ukrainian government for the immediate reconstruction of a democratic Ukraine. To that end, the European Council invited its international partners to participate. The Council called on the Commission to continue to provide technical assistance in order to help Ukraine implement necessary reforms.
The European Council also called for an international conference to be organised in due time to raise funding under the Ukraine Solidarity Trust Fund.
The Council also called the recent synchronisation of Ukrainian and Moldovan electricity grids with the EU’s grids “a remarkable achievement” and said that the European Union is committed to ensuring continuous and uninterrupted electricity and gas flows to Ukraine.
This week – from Monday to Thursday – the European Parliament holds the ‘Ukraine Solidarity Days’ to show its support for Ukraine’s parliament following the Russian invasion.
Different events will take place in the European Parliament in Brussels. These include discussions on the political and humanitarian situation in Ukraine, as well as plenary debates. Participants expected to address MEPs – in-person or remotely – include Verkhovna Rada Speaker Ruslan Stefanchuk, European Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarčič and former European Parliament President Pat Cox.
The Ukraine Solidarity Days also encompass outreach to young people and civil society in Ukraine, as well as reporting from and interaction with Sakharov Prize laureate Lorent Saleh from the Polish-Ukrainian border.
Earlier, the European Parliament launched a website highlighting its cooperation with the Ukrainian Parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, and provided the Station Europe building for the Ukrainian civil society hub.
BEIJING, March 7 (Xinhua) -- For the world, the year ahead continues to be full of challenges. At such a critical moment, countries need solidarity, not division; dialogue, not confrontation, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Monday.
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Raffles University of Johor Bahru hosted a celebratory event for International Human Solidarity Day on December 29th and 30th at Capital City Mall in Malaysia. The event was co-hosted by international NGOs called Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL) and International Peace Youth Group (IPYG) to raise awareness of solidarity for peace-building. Also, the Capital City joined the event in partnership.
The event included various booths, presentations and exhibitions. The Peace Letter project, one of the most-crowded booths during the event, encouraged the participants to write hand-writing letters in support of the establishment of international law for peace.
According to the volunteer of the IPYG running the booth, the letters written by the youth all over the world have been delivered to the head of each state. He added that the contents of the letters include the voice of youth urging for the legally binding document that prevents any war-like activities based on the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW).
Several schools in Malaysia including Dato Osman Awang, Mohd Khalid are known to implement peace education in their curriculum. With the aim of fostering a culture of peace through peace education, HWPL carried out a survey during the event. The participants partook in the survey that collected the demands of the citizens for implementing peace education throughout the country.
Denise, Education Consultant in Raffles University Iskandar who headed the event, said ‘I hope that this event can be an example for our students like how to organize events in future, and also to bring our students and society to a next level to more concern the world's news. And we believe this will also help our students to be more responsible to the society. ’ in regards to the expected outcome of the event.
Co-hosts IPYG and HWPL also stated ‘ First I want to thanks for all the help in this events and being our partner until the end of the event. And I do hope that we can work together next time.’.
This year is the 17th anniversary of this tragedy. Georgian US express their solidarity to the Americans and condemn this terrible terrorist act.
The date, September 11, will forever evoke recollections of unimaginable tragedy, of lives callously lost and brutally cut short and of unspeakable horror and sorrow in the hearts and minds of all of us. We have all suffered. We have all felt the heartbreak of loss in lives. It was a horrible realization of the depths of the hatred that a select few in the world have for the United States, and a terrible tragedy. We must never forget the depths of inhumanity to which terrorist fanatics are willing to sink in the name of their depraved cause as they seek to destroy the very principles of freedom and democracy on which this great nation was founded. America has never made a mistake in its policy. Remember that we were attacked not for what we do wrong but for what we do right. We will not crumble under terror or tyranny! America are strong and resilient. Today is a day to remember the heroes of that day, the lives and loved ones lost, and to dedicate anew that every day we live on, we have already defeated hate. That is why each and every September 11, we as friends of the American people honor them who lost their lives that fateful day.
Mr. Ilia Zukakishvili
The President of the American Friendship club
September 11, 2018, Tbilisi, Georgia.