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The EU is committed to the principles of the UN Charter, which seek to ensure peace, human rights, sustainable development and fair access to the earth’s shared resources.
In order to help provide stronger global governance, the EU will help drive reform of the UN, particularly in three areas:
The EU and its member countries will encourage the international community to help with the process of change. They will use their political and diplomatic influence to build a coalition of support for UN reform rather than simply preserving the existing system.
The EU realises there is a pressing need to invest in conflict prevention and help in peacekeeping processes across the world. Efforts will therefore be made to strengthen the EU-UN partnership on a range issues, including:
The EU will also step up its engagement with the UN’s Youth, Peace and Security agenda. In addition, the EU aims to foster the role women play in peace processes and mediation. To that end, it will continue to support the UN’s Women's Peace and Security agenda.
More broadly, the EU will encourage an environment where civil society organisations can participate in the work of the UN.
The EU is committed to making progress in a number of complementary areas that affect the entire world, including:
Through the lifespan of the 72nd UNGA, there will be a particular focus on a number of topics:
The EU wants to help the continent realise its full potential, and a common plan for this is provided by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Moving forward, the aim is to deepen the partnership by building on the Joint Africa-EU Strategy.
Human Rights and Humanitarian principles
The EU strongly supports the UN Human Rights system and will continue to draw attention to violations and abuses. It will remain actively engaged in the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) and the Third Committee of the General Assembly.
In addition, the EU will continue to support the UN’s central, coordinating role in responding to humanitarian crises.
The EU will play a leading role in promoting the 2030 Agenda through its external and other relevant policies. In this context, the EU and its member countries recently agreed a new vision called the European Consensus on Development.
The EU is also committed to driving a collective, international approach to deal with other pressing global issues, including: