European Commission successfully issues first green bond to finance the sustainable recovery

The European Commission has issued the first NextGenerationEU green bond, thus raising €12 billion to be used exclusively for green and sustainable investments across the EU. This represents the world’s largest green bond issuance ever. With NextGenerationEU green bonds, the EU is set to become the world’s largest green bond issuer by far, providing a significant boost to sustainable finance markets as well as funding a greener EU recovery from the pandemic. With the strong oversubscription rate and excellent pricing conditions today’s issuance represents a promising start to the NextGenerationEU…

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New resources to counter COVID-19 conspiracy theories through critical thinking and empathy

UNESCO, in cooperation with the European Commission recently launched a series of easily accessible and comprehensive visual learning resources to raise awareness of the existence and consequences of conspiracy theories linked to the COVID-19 crisis. The resources also address how to recognize conspiracy theories, understand what drives them, refute them with facts and respond effectively to those who are spreading them. The COVID-19 pandemic has unleashed a parallel pandemic of dangerous misinformation and rumours in the form of conspiracy theories, including far-fetched explanations of the origins of the virus, how…

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Global Citizen and the European Commission Announce ‘Global Goal: Unite for Our Future; a Campaign to Make COVID-19 Tests, Treatments and Vaccines Available for Everyone, Everywhere Who Needs Them

International‌ ‌advocacy‌ ‌organisation‌ ‌‌Global‌ Citizen‌ and the European Commission (EC) has ‌announced‌ Global Goal: Unite for Our Future, a global campaign to coordinate the development of COVID-19 tests, treatments and vaccines, and to ensure equitable access to everyone, everywhere. The campaign, launched under the patronage of European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, will focus on mitigating the pandemic’s impact on those living in poverty and seek to put the world back on track for the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). An international pledging summit on Saturday, June 27,…

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