United Nations General Assembly observers

TCSA Presents Groundbreaking "National Data Brain" Concept at Special Conference Hosted by the SCO Secretariat

Thursday, January 14, 2021 - 8:42am

BEIJING, Jan. 14, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- The Secretariat of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) and the Thousand Cities Strategic Algorithms (TCSA) jointly held a summit on "National Data Brain: Driving Societal Stability and Economic Revitalization" on Tuesday in Beijing.

Key Points: 
  • BEIJING, Jan. 14, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- The Secretariat of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) and the Thousand Cities Strategic Algorithms (TCSA) jointly held a summit on "National Data Brain: Driving Societal Stability and Economic Revitalization" on Tuesday in Beijing.
  • According toSCO secretary-general Vladimir Norov, who made opening remarks on the summit,SCO states are making joint efforts to build an effective financial mechanism for data-driven economic development.
  • An in-depth understanding of TCSA's solution can help achieve the goal of tightened cooperation using innovative technologies.
  • Adkins Zheng, chairman of TCSA, expressed his gratitude for SCO's recognition and support, and gave a detailed presentation on the construction of the National Data Brain.

TCSA Presents Groundbreaking "National Data Brain" Concept at Special Conference Hosted by the SCO Secretariat

Thursday, January 14, 2021 - 8:28am

BEIJING, Jan. 14, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- The Secretariat of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) and the Thousand Cities Strategic Algorithms (TCSA) jointly held a summit on "National Data Brain: Driving Societal Stability and Economic Revitalization" on Tuesday in Beijing.

Key Points: 
  • BEIJING, Jan. 14, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- The Secretariat of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) and the Thousand Cities Strategic Algorithms (TCSA) jointly held a summit on "National Data Brain: Driving Societal Stability and Economic Revitalization" on Tuesday in Beijing.
  • According toSCO secretary-general Vladimir Norov, who made opening remarks on the summit,SCO states are making joint efforts to build an effective financial mechanism for data-driven economic development.
  • An in-depth understanding of TCSA's solution can help achieve the goal of tightened cooperation using innovative technologies.
  • Adkins Zheng, chairman of TCSA, expressed his gratitude for SCO's recognition and support, and gave a detailed presentation on the construction of the National Data Brain.

Rights and values programme: Council presidency and European Parliament reach provisional agreement

Friday, December 18, 2020 - 8:01am

The presidency of the Council and the European Parliament reached a provisional political agreement on the rights and values programme for the period 2021-2027.

Key Points: 
  • The presidency of the Council and the European Parliament reached a provisional political agreement on the rights and values programme for the period 2021-2027.
  • Funding through this programme aims at protecting rights and values enshrined in the EU treaties in order to sustain open, democratic and inclusive societies.
  • It will have a substantial overall budget of maximum 1.55 billion.
  • The provisional political agreement reached today will have to be approved by the European Parliament and the Council.

Under New President Umar Kremlev, AIBA Ushers in New Constitution to Strengthen Governance

Monday, December 14, 2020 - 6:00am

Kremlev, who has long called for wide-ranging reforms, was elected President at the AIBA Congress on Saturday with 57.33 percent of the vote.

Key Points: 
  • Kremlev, who has long called for wide-ranging reforms, was elected President at the AIBA Congress on Saturday with 57.33 percent of the vote.
  • He praised the adoption of the constitution a day later, which will improve democratic governance, transparency, efficiency and ethical oversight at AIBA, in line with the recommendations of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
  • The new constitution also clarifies the tasks of AIBA's corporate bodiesand simplifies the structures within AIBA.
  • AIBA has changed its statutes in order to improve its governance, which has been criticized by the IOC.

Under New President Umar Kremlev, AIBA Ushers in New Constitution to Strengthen Governance

Monday, December 14, 2020 - 6:00am

Kremlev, who has long called for wide-ranging reforms, was elected President at the AIBA Congress on Saturday with 57.33 percent of the vote.

Key Points: 
  • Kremlev, who has long called for wide-ranging reforms, was elected President at the AIBA Congress on Saturday with 57.33 percent of the vote.
  • He praised the adoption of the constitution a day later, which will improve democratic governance, transparency, efficiency and ethical oversight at AIBA, in line with the recommendations of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
  • The new constitution also clarifies the tasks of AIBA's corporate bodiesand simplifies the structures within AIBA.
  • AIBA has changed its statutes in order to improve its governance, which has been criticized by the IOC.

Forward look: 14 - 27 December 2020

Saturday, December 12, 2020 - 8:00am

Overview of the main topics and events at the Council of EU and European Council.

Key Points: 
  • Overview of the main topics and events at the Council of EU and European Council.
  • The location and the format (physical or virtual) indicated for each meeting are subject to change.
  • 14 December 2020

    Video conference of energy ministers

    Energy Ministers will exchange views on Energy System Integration and receive information from the Commission on recent developments in the field of external energy relations

    Video conference of home affairs ministers

    Home affairs ministers will discuss the migration and asylum pact, and will be updated on EU engagement with third countries on migration.

  • They will exchange views on the priorities set out in the draft conclusions on internal security and the European police partnership

    15-16 December 2020

    Agriculture and Fisheries Council

    Ministers will seek to agree the fishing opportunities in the Atlantic and North Sea, Mediterranean and Black Seas for next year and adopt conclusions on animal welfare and front-of-pack nutrition labelling

    17 December 2020

    Environment Council

    Environment Ministers will aim to reach a general approach on the European Climate Law reflecting the outcome of the discussions in the European Council of 10-11 December 2020

    For video coverage of Council sessions and audiovisual material, please see the following Council websites:

“Stop jeopardising the recovery” – Local and regional leaders call out EU

Saturday, December 5, 2020 - 12:06am

Key messages of the Declaration are: - Economic recoverywill only be achievable if local and regional governments have a central role in their design and delivery.

Key Points: 
  • Key messages of the Declaration are: - Economic recoverywill only be achievable if local and regional governments have a central role in their design and delivery.
  • - The Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF)and theEuropean Recovery Instrument ("Next Generation EU")should be adopted by the Members States with no delay so that recovery can start.
  • - Regions, cities and municipalities should be givendirect access to funds to deliver local green projectsand support the objective of creating a carbon-neutral EU by 2050.
  • -The Conference on the Future of Europe(the Conference) should kick-off as soon as possible with input from local and regional level focussed on policy areas with a strong territorial impact.
  • Europe's recovery after the pandemic will succeed only with the help and the support of its regional and local authorities.
  • We need a three-dimensional Europe with all levels - EU, national, regional and local - working together, for the people".
  • European associations of local and regional governments should have a seat at the table to articulate the needs of our territories.
  • The CoR as well as associations representing the interests of local and regional governments also continue working together to influence EU decision-making throughthe Fit4Future platformandRegHubs 2.0 network.

Forward look: 23 November - 6 December 2020

Saturday, November 21, 2020 - 8:00am

Overview of the main topics and events at the Council of EU and European Council.

Key Points: 
  • Overview of the main topics and events at the Council of EU and European Council.
  • The indicated format of each meeting (physical or virtual) are subject to change.
  • Video conference of development ministers, 23 November 2020

    EU ministers of development will exchange views on linking debt relief and investments to the Sustainable Development Goals, and promoting gender equality and womens empowerment in all external action

    Video conference of research ministers, 27 November 2020

    Ministers in charge of research will have an informal exchange of views on the investment targets for research and development proposed by the Commission in its Communication "A new ERA for Research and Innovation" of 30 September 2020

    Video conference of youth ministers, 30 November 2020

    Youth ministers will discuss youth mobility during the pandemic and beyond and will be briefed about the ongoing work in the area of democratic awareness among young people and the European Youth Work Agenda

    Video conference of education ministers, 30 November 2020

    Education ministers will express solidarity with the victims of terrorist attacks in Europe and will discuss the European Education Area and the European cooperation in education and training beyond 2020

    Video conference of economics and finance ministers, 1 December 2020

    Ministers are expected to discuss administrative cooperation in the field of taxation, the Banking Union, the Capital Markets Union, European Semester 2021, international debt relief, in particular for African countries, and international tax issues

    Video conference of culture ministers, 1 December 2020

    Ministers will discuss the recovery of the culture and media sector from the pandemic and will be briefed about the conclusions on gender equality in the field of culture, and on safeguarding a free and pluralistic media system

    Video conference of sport ministers, 1 December 2020

    Ministers will discuss the international sporting events during the pandemic and will be briefed about the EU Work Plan on Sport 2021-2024 and the conclusions on promoting cross-sectoral cooperation for the benefit of sport and physical activity in society

    Video conference of justice ministers, 2 December 2020

    Ministers will discuss the justice aspects of counter terrorism, as well as rule of law developments in the field of justice.

  • They will be informed of the state of play on the proposal for a regulation on assignments of claims and of the latest developments in the setting up of the European Public Prosecutor's Office (EPPO)

    Video conference of health ministers, 2 December 2020

    Ministers will discuss ways to build a European Health Union and will exchange views about the pharmaceutical strategy for Europe

    Video conference of employment and social policy ministers, 3 December 2020

    Ministers will discuss social protection in the Platform economy and how to implement the Commissions Gender Equality Strategy 2020-2025

    For video coverage of Council sessions and audiovisual material, please see the following Council websites:

Mexico Becomes Full Member of CAF, Builds Stronger Ties in Latin America

Monday, November 9, 2020 - 10:00am

This will give Mexico greater access to long-term financial resources, technical cooperation for sustainable development and a permanent seat in the Board of Director of CAF, among other benefits.

Key Points: 
  • This will give Mexico greater access to long-term financial resources, technical cooperation for sustainable development and a permanent seat in the Board of Director of CAF, among other benefits.
  • CAF is an extraordinarily noble institution with the purpose of assisting in the development of countries, he said.
  • Mexico was the first non-Andean country to join CAF as a Series C shareholder in 1990, when the presidents of the Andean Community invited the member countries of the Latin American Integration Association (LAIA/ALADI) to join the bank.
  • Its historical evolution makes CAF one of the few success stories of integration in Latin America.

Mexico Becomes Full Member of CAF, Builds Stronger Ties in Latin America

Monday, November 9, 2020 - 2:00am

This will give Mexico greater access to long-term financial resources, technical cooperation for sustainable development and a permanent seat in the Board of Director of CAF, among other benefits.

Key Points: 
  • This will give Mexico greater access to long-term financial resources, technical cooperation for sustainable development and a permanent seat in the Board of Director of CAF, among other benefits.
  • CAF is an extraordinarily noble institution with the purpose of assisting in the development of countries, he said.
  • Mexico was the first non-Andean country to join CAF as a Series C shareholder in 1990, when the presidents of the Andean Community invited the member countries of the Latin American Integration Association (LAIA/ALADI) to join the bank.
  • Its historical evolution makes CAF one of the few success stories of integration in Latin America.