Serious human rights violations and abuses are taking place in many parts of the world, too often without any consequences for the perpetrators. As a global leader in the promotion and protection of human rights, the European Union will not stand by while serious human rights violations and abuses are committed. Today, the new EU Global Human Rights Sanctions Regime has been adopted by the Foreign Affairs Council: it will enable the EU to even more forcefully stand up for human rights.
06/12/2020 – HR/VP blog – Earlier this week, the EU and ASEAN took the decision together to establish a Strategic Partnership. It worth telling the story of the long road to this historic decision and what it means. At heart the EU and ASEAN are “partners in integration” working together for multilateral solutions.
At the 27th OSCE Ministerial Council on 4 December 2020, the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) 57 participating States appointed a new senior leadership for the Organisation.
I welcome the appointment of Ms Helga Maria Schmid as Secretary General, Mr Kairat Abdrakhmanov as High Commissioner on National Minorities, Mr Matteo Mecacci as Director of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), and Ms Maria Teresa Ribeiro as Representative on the Freedom of the Media.
Let me start by extending warm thanks to the Albanian Chairperson-in-Office, Prime Minister Edi Rama, and his team for the excellent work done throughout an extremely challenging year for the OSCE, especially in the pandemic context. My best wishes also to the incoming Swedish Chairperson-in-Office. Also to Poland, for their Chairmanship in 2022, and later to [the Republic of] North Macedonia and Estonia [who have put forward their candidatures for Chairmanships] in 2023 and 2024.
02/12/2020 – HR/VP blog – Tuesday 1 December was a special day. It marked my first year in office as HR/VP and also the 10th anniversary of the EEAS. This was a good opportunity to take a step back and reflect on what has been achieved and where we go from here.
While there has been some significant but uneven progress achieved in advancing women's and girls' rights, no country in the world is on track to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls by 2030. Moreover, the health and socio-economic consequences of the COVID-19 crisis are disproportionately affecting women and girls.
Today, the European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy put forward ambitious plans to promote gender equality and women's empowerment through all external action of the European Union.