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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.

On International Day against the Use of Child Soldiers, EU High Representative Federica Mogherini, and UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Virginia Gamba, renewed the commitment of the EU and the UN to work together to end the recruitment and use of children in conflict situations, and to effectively support the reintegration of children associated with parties to conflict.

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

The EU-IOM Joint Initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration is supporting more than 60,000 returning migrants with post-arrival reception and reintegration support in their countries of origin. EU High Representative Federica Mogherini met IOM Director-General António Vitorino at the Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration Transit Center in Addis Ababa this weekend.

Every girl and woman has the right to live a life free of violence and pain. And yet, more than 200 million women and girls across the world have been forced to undergo the painful and traumatic practice of Female Genital Mutilation, including 500,000 living in Europe. Millions more girls are at risk of being cut: 68 million girls in 25 countries by 2030.

We, the Foreign Ministers of Member States of the European Union and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the Commission, the Foreign Ministers of the Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), gathered on 21 January 2019 in Brussels, Belgium, at the 22nd EU-ASEAN Ministerial Meeting.

Migration is a global challenge that requires a global response. On the occasion of the International Migrants Day, with over 258 million migrants worldwide, the European Union confirms its commitment to contribute to managing migration in a humane way. Through its partnership approach the EU works with countries of origin, transit and destination as well as international organisations to save lives, assist migrants and refugees, ensure the respect of their human rights as well as fight smugglers and traffickers.

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