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The EU has concluded a week of intense discussions with leaders from all over the world on how to address together the most pressing challenges of our times: fighting the coronavirus pandemic and recovering from it, fighting climate change and biodiversity loss, sustainable development and the erosion of human rights. On 23 September, High Representative/Vice President Josep Borrell (pictured) delivered a statement on behalf of the EU during the ministerial conference on article XIV of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT). Watch the statement here.

He also delivered a video message during the meeting of the Alliance for Multilateralism. Crisis Management Commissioner Janez Lenarčič delivered opening remarks at the high-level event on 'Protection of children, invisible victims of armed conflict and COVID-19', organized by the EU and Belgium. Environment, Oceans and Fisheries Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius participated in a High-level event on regional perspectives on the circular economy. Also on 23 September, European Green Deal Executive Vice President Frans Timmermans and Energy Commissioner Kadri Simson presented three Energy Compacts at the UN High-level Dialogue on Energy in New York, in partnership with the International Energy Agency and the International Renewable Energy Agency. You can read more about it here. Executive Vice President Frans Timmermans will represent the EU at the virtual UN Food Systems Summit. His speech will be available here.

He also participated in the leadership dialogue “Accelerating action to achieve universal energy access and net zero emissions” as part of the UN High-level Dialogue on Energy. Finally, on Tuesday, 28 September, Commissioner for International Partnerships, Jutta Urpilainen will participate in the meeting of Heads of State and Government on Jobs and Social Protection for Poverty Eradication, organised by the UN Secretary General and the International Labour Organization (ILO). All press and audio-visual material coverage from the past week will be available on EEASEuropa and Consilium.

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EU Cohesion policy: First Gender Equality Report maps female achievements and disadvantages in EU regions

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The Commission has published the first Regional Gender Equality Monitor of the EU. It provides an accurate picture of where women achieve the most at regional level in Europe, and where they face the largest disadvantages. Cohesion and Reform Commissioner Elisa Ferreira (pictured) said: “I am delighted to bring forward this ground-breaking work on mapping the glass ceiling that women face at regional level in Europe. The report demonstrates that there is still a lot to do to help women achieve the same opportunities as men. The Commission will continue working hard towards a gender-equal Europe.”

The paper is based on two specially developed indices: the ‘Female Achievement Index' and the ‘Female Disadvantage Index'. They reveal both the regions where women are achieving more and where they are at a disadvantage compared to men. The paper shows that, on average, women in more developed regions are able to achieve more and are at less of a disadvantage, while most women in less developed regions face big challenges. Within countries, women in capital regions tend to achieve more and are at less of a disadvantage. In general, regions with a lower female achievement index have a lower gross domestic product per capita, while regions with a higher level of female achievement have a higher level of human development. Finally, the quality of government is higher in regions where women achieve more.

In addition to the working paper, the underlying data and the interactive tools, results are also available in the INTERACTIVE DATA STORY.

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High Representative/Vice President Borrell travels to Washington

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High Representative/Vice President Josep Borrell (pictured) will be in Washington DC to 15 October. He will hold a number of high-level meetings focused on the relationship between the European Union and the United States of America, on advancing the transatlantic agenda and on pressing international developments. This will be the first official visit by High Representative Borrell to Washington since the new US administration took up office. On Thursday, 14 October, High Representative Borrell will meet with the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken to discuss current foreign policy issues and initiatives to deepen further the EU-US strategic partnership and advance an already close cooperation on foreign and security policy. He will also hold a meeting with the US Deputy Secretary of Defence Kathleen Hicks to discuss how to pursue enhanced bilateral co-operation in the field of security and defence. More information is available here.

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Commission participation in the Annual Meetings of World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund

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Several members of the Commission will participate in the Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group (WBG) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) taking place this week in Washington DC, United States of America. The meetings will bring together central bankers, ministers of finance and development, private sector representatives, civil society, and academics to discuss issues of global concern, including the world economic outlook, global financial stability, poverty eradication, jobs and growth, economic development, and aid effectiveness.

Economy Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni will attend the meeting of G20 finance ministers and central bank governors and the G7 ministerial meeting. Executive Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis will participate virtually in the plenary session of the International Monetary and Financial Committee. A written statement will be contributed by Jutta Urpilainen, Commissioner for International Partnerships, to the plenary session of the Development Committee Meeting.

This meeting will revolve around two topics: ‘WBG Financing for Green, Resilient and Inclusive Development (GRID) – Towards A Post Pandemic Approach' as well as ‘Prevention, Preparedness, and Response: The WBG's Role in Future Crises'. Commissioner Gentiloni will also appear at an event organised by the Brookings Institution and will hold an exchange of views with the US Chamber of Commerce on the economic outlook and current policy priorities on Thursday, 14 October.

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