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EU approves $282.5 million to support new environment projects


Brussels: The European Commission (EU) on Friday approved an investment package worth 264.8 million euros ($282.5 million) to support 96 new projects spanning to 21 member states.

According to reports, these new projects, selected from more than 1,000 applications, are funded under the LIFE program for the environment.

The European Commission will co-finance the projects by providing 160.6 million euros.

“Money invested in environmental projects is money well spent. I am delighted to see that our LIFE program will support many innovative projects, and I am sure they will make a vital contribution,” said Karmenu Vella, EU Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries.

Among member states, Spain has had the largest number of environmental projects at 28, followed by Italy at 21.

The LIFE program is the EU’s funding instrument for the environment and climate action. It has been running since 1992 and has co-financed more than 4,000 projects across the EU and in third countries, mobilizing 7.8 billion euros and contributing 3.4 billion euros

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UN Brings the World Together to Fight Violence Against Women and Girls; 1 in Every 3 Women Currently Face Gender-based Oppression Globally

A third of all women experience violence at some point in their lives, and that figure is twice as high in some countries, according to the United Nations

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Head of U.N. Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka speaks on stage at WE Day U.N. at The Theater at Madison Square Garden, in New York City (VOA)

United Nations, September 21, 2017 : World leaders meeting at the United Nations on Wednesday launched a half-billion-dollar effort to end violence against women and girls, a crime suffered by 1 in 3 in their lifetimes.

The effort will fund anti-violence programs that promote prevention, bolster government policies and provide women and girls with improved access to services”, organizers said.

It will take particular aim at all categories of violence against women- human trafficking, femicide and family violence.

A third of all women experience violence at some point in their lives, and that figure is twice as high in some countries, according to the United Nations.

“Gender-based violence is the most dehumanizing form of gender oppression. It exists in every society, in every country rich and poor, in every religion and in every culture,” Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, head of U.N. Women, said as the United Nations held its annual General Assembly.

“If there was anything that was ever universal, it is gender inequality and the violence that it breeds against women,” she said.

In other forms of violence against women and girls, more than 700 million women worldwide were married before they were 18, and at least 200 million women and girls have undergone female genital mutilation in 30 countries, according to U.N. figures.

The initiative of 500 million euros (US$595 million) was launched by the U.N. and the European Union, which is its main contributor, organizers said.

“The initiative has great power,” said Ashley Judd, a Hollywood actress and goodwill ambassador for the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA) who participated in Wednesday’s announcement.

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“There are already so many effective, research-based, data-driven programs,” Judd told the Thomson Reuters Foundation ahead of the announcement. “Financing for existing programs is a beautiful thing.

“It also makes an incredibly powerful statement to show that the world is increasingly cohesive around stopping gender-based violence,” she said. (VOA)

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