The Council today adopted conclusions on EU priorities in UN human rights fora in 2019. It reaffirms the EU's commitment to promoting and protecting human rights, democracy and the rule of law, which also play a key role in ensuring peace and sustainable security.
Since launching in 2003, the Kimberley Process has contributed towards peace, security and prosperity. It has proven to be an effective multilateral tool for conflict prevention in stemming the flow of conflict diamonds, defined as “rough diamonds used by rebel movements or their allies to finance conflict aimed at undermining legitimate governments”.
12 February 2019, New York - Statement on behalf of the European Union and its Member States delivered by Mr. Gustavo Martin Prada, Ambassador and Acting Deputy Head of Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations, United Nation Security Council Arria meeting on Children and Armed Conflict: Protecting Boys and Girls in Shrinking Humanitarian Space
Joint statement by EU High Representative Federica Mogherini and UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict Virginia Gamba on the occasion of the International Day against the Use of Child Soldiers
11 February 2019, New York – Statement on behalf of the European Union and its Member States delivered by Mr. Guillaume Dabouis, First Counsellor, Head of Political Section at the Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations, Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations (C34): General Debate
11 February 2019, New York - Statement delivered by H.E. Mr. Ion Jinga, Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Romania to the United Nations, 57th Session of the Commission for Social Development, Agenda Item 3(a) and (b) General discussion
8 February 2019, New York – European Union Statement delivered by Mr. Serge Christiane, Minister Counsellor, European Union Delegation to the United Nations, at the Security Council Arria-formula meeting on Accountability for conflict-related sexual violence as a central pillar for prevention
“One day they come and get you in groups. I was the oldest one. I remember it as if it were yesterday. There were at least six persons on me, because I was imploring, I didn’t want to. I was convinced that I would die. I was 9 years old…”, one victim relates. The pain… the horror… more than 200 million females across the world – women, girls, infants alike - have, like this victim, suffered the torture of female genital mutilation, including 500,000 in Europe. The EU is at the forefront of global efforts to end female genital mutilation by 2030. Female genital mutilation is a crime in all EU Member States, and this year we have seen the first convictions of persons that conducted this criminal practice.
The European Union, together with the United Nations, will convene the Brussels III Conference on "Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region" on 12-14 March 2019. The High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini announced it at a press conference following the EU Foreign Affairs Ministers'informal meeting (Gymnich) held today in Bucharest.