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The European Union and the United Nations have a successful track record of close cooperation in many countries and regions around the world. Peacekeeping, civilian and military crisis management are highly visible and eminent areas of this cooperation. EU and UN will now further reinforce this strategic partnership.
Eight new priority areas have been identified in this context.
These eight priority areas build on previous EU - UN achievements and seek to ensure that UN and EU missions and operations complement and reinforce each other while at the same time increasing coordination with other regional and international organisations for effective results on the ground. Across all the priority areas, human rights and fundamental freedoms, International Humanitarian Law and the implementation of the Women, Peace and Security agenda are key. The priority areas complement other UN-EU partnerships to prevent and overcome crisis (including counterterrorism).
Background: The overarching EU – UN partnership in a nutshell:
The EU and the UN are working together in more than 170 countries on a broad range of issues:
The EU’s commitment to effective multilateralism, with the UN at its core, is a central element of the EU’s external action. EU and UN work together, amongst many other issues, to prevent conflicts, preserve peace and resolve crises. Together, the EU Member States are the largest contributors to the UN’s peacekeeping budget, providing almost 32% in 2017.
More generally EU and its Member States as a whole make up for the largest financial donor to the UN system. They provide almost one quarter of all financial contributions to the UN’s funds and programmes, whilst the EU Member States also provide almost one third of the UN’s regular budget.