From deepening EU-UN political partnership to working together in advancing and shaping the multilateral agenda, EU-UN cooperation is both stronger and more important than ever. Today, the EU is a point of reference for the global network in support of effective multilateralism. We are investing in partnerships to support the multilateral agenda in the most effective and strategic way, while remaining true to the rules and principles of the UN Charter.
Collectively, the EU and its Member States are the single largest financial contributor to the UN system. The level of the contributions of the EU Member States amounts to almost 30% of the regular UN budget and more than 31% of the UN peacekeeping budget. In addition, the EU and its Member States also provide about a quarter of all the voluntary contributions to UN funds and programmes.
Supporting human rights and gender equality
The EU remains a global leader in advancing human rights worldwide and retains the universality, indivisibility and interdependence of all human rights, as fundamental principles which are central to the UN agenda. The COVID-19 pandemic risks to have a serious impact on the most fragile, but only by adopting a human rights-based approach can we guarantee an effective response and ensure that no one is left behind. Gender equality, the empowerment of all women and girls and the realisation of all their human rights are essential for more equal, inclusive and resilient societies.
Promoting peace and security
The EU has been enhancing its capacity to act as a security provider, its strategic autonomy and ability to cooperate with partners. These goals are best served when we are not alone and in an international system based on rules and on multilateralism. In this context, the EU and the UN agreed to reinforce cooperation between missions and operations in the field. Women, Peace and Security is the first of eight new joint priorities to reinforce the EU-UN Strategic Partnership on Peace Operations and Crisis Management for 2019-2021.
Acting against climate change
The EU will continue to be at the forefront of the fight against climate change and biodiversity loss. With its European Green Deal, the EU set up a roadmap for a sustainable, climate-neutral and resource-efficient future and intends to strengthen its commitment also at a global level for a swift and full implementation of the Paris Agreement. To “build back better” – as stated by Secretary General Guterres– recommitting to the Agenda 2030 and the Paris Agreement is crucial.
UN Reform for a multilateralism that delivers for all
The best way to preserve and reinforce the credibility of the UN system is to make it more effective. As the European Union, we will always be at the forefront of those advocating a more effective, efficient and sustainably financed United Nations, in full support of the UN Secretary-General’s reform agenda. We are committed to a United Nations that delivers for all.