I have the honour to speak on behalf of the European Union.
First, we would like to thank and congratulate the US for its excellent work on this important resolution, and for the choice, to this year focus on women and girls’ full political participation and representation and its importance for democracy.
The European Union itself is founded on the values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights. These values are interdependent and mutually reinforcing.
And across the world, people continue to demonstrate the strength and power of their desire for a stronger voice and inclusion in decision-making processes. On all continents, democracy time and again proves its resilience.
New and growing challenges to democracy have however emerged.
We therefore strongly welcome that the resolution now takes several substantive steps forward, with new and increased attention to the importance of women in decision-making and leadership, inclusiveness, civil society, sexual and gender-based violence, human rights defenders, journalists and media workers, persons belonging to marginalized and underrepresented groups, as well as persons with disabilities, in addition to several other important relevant topics, such as prevention, and women peace and security.
One of the aims of the European Union is to advance democracy, the rule of law, the universality and indivisibility of human rights and fundamental freedoms. And we very much look forward to continuing working closely, together with all Member States, towards the realization of these aims.
I thank you Mr Chair.