We have said this this many times before, but it is worth repeating and reinforcing the European Union's decision to engage with and support Civil Society in its external relations: we recognise the importance of CSOs as partners in policy making and development in all countries. Our ultimate goal is to help in building stronger democracies and achieving better development outcomes in partner countries.
The candidacy of Ms Catherine Geslain-Lanéelle for the post of Director General of the Food and Agriculture Organisation, was submitted in Rome on Monday 17 December 2018. The next Director General will be elected by the 194 Member States of the Organisation during its 41st Conference in June 2019. Ms Geslain-Lanéelle from France was identified as the EU candidate by the Council of the European Union on 15 October 2018.
The European Parliament's Sakharov Fellowship offers up to 14 human rights defenders selected from non-EU countries around the world the opportunity to follow a two week intensive training in Brussels and the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation in Venice.
On this day, 70 years ago, the Member States of the United Nations came together to adopt the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This step brought the world together after the greatest tragedy in human history. We have come a long way since then.