It is in the interest of everyone that climate change, environmental degradations, complex local and regional conflicts as well as human rights violations and other issues are addressed together as "no country can cope on its own".
This has been the EU’s approach to international relations: putting international cooperation based on rules, peace and diplomacy at the centre. This approach is often described as "multilateralism", that is working together with partners around the world to deliver on shared goals and ambitions, and on citizens' expectations.
To advance the common goal of lasting and sustained peace through diplomacy, the United Nations General Assembly in 2018 declared 24 April as the International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace. Marking this day, EU High Representative Federica Mogherini reaffirmed the European Union's "longstanding commitment to international cooperation and the rules-based international order with the United Nations at its core, to peace and security, to human rights and sustainable development for all".
And the European Union has proven that joint action with partners makes a difference. "We have consistently taken action to maintain and implement major international agreements, such as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We are delivering on our Paris pledges through ambitious policies at home and decisive support to partner countries, and stand ready for the UN Climate Action Summit in September to confirm and even raise our global ambitions", Mogherini recalled.
She added that the EU was intensifying its cooperation with UN agencies and regional organisations such as the African Union and the League of Arab States to coordinate more on peacekeeping, conflict resolution, humanitarian aid delivery and better migration management in Syria, Yemen, Libya and Afghanistan.
The EU is also ensuring the world has a multilateral system fit for these challenges, by fully supporting reforms to modernise the United Nations and improving the functioning of the World Trade Organisation. The EU was instrumental in securing a positive outcome of negotiations on the three strands of modernisation (management, peace and security architecture, development system). The EU and its partners ensured firm support for the reform proposals of the UN Secretary-General and promoted compromise solutions.