Women play an important role as agents for change within their communities. Their experiences and perspectives are crucial in crises management, conflict resolution and peace-building processes. Promoting women’s meaningful participation and gender equality is a key objective of the EU, including of its foreign policy. Gender mainstreaming is a guiding principle of the EU’s 17 CSDP missions and operations, which work to make crisis management more effective and build a more secure world for all.
Mr President, dear Heiko [Maas, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Germany], Honourable Members of the Security Council, many thanks for having invited the European Union to a debate on an issue so much relevant for us.
The protracted conflict in Libya caused immense suffering for all Libyans and has become a major challenge for the region and ultimately the international community.
The Council decided to extend the mandates until 30 June 2021 of three of its Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) civilian missions: the European Border Assistance Mission in Libya (EUBAM Libya), the European Border Assistance Mission in the Rafah Crossing Point (EUBAM Rafah), and the European Police Mission for the Palestinian Territories (EUPOL COPPS).
21/06/2020 - Rising international tensions and conflicts at the doorstep of Europe urge us to take our collective security into our own hands. Lately, four major Member States advocated making security and defence a top priority for the Union. I fully agree: since the beginning of the mandate of this Commission, we have placed our Common Security and Defence Policy at the very heart of the EU’s external policy. And while we have a long way to go, there is now an increased momentum to strengthen our collective capacity for action.
23/01/2020 - Not many people may know, but right now the EU has around 5,000 women and men working for 16 crisis management missions and operations deployed on three continents – soon to become 17 with the new civilian mission to be launched in the Central African Republic. They are the beating heart of the EU’s common security and defence policy and often the face of the EU in crisis-zones around the world.
The CSDP Annual Report provides an overview of how EU CSDP Operations & Missions delivered on three priorities - stabilising our region, contributing to the resilience of partner countries and enhancing our responsiveness in all phases of the conflict cycle.