“Without global norms and the means to enforce them, peace and security, prosperity and democracy – our vital interests – are at risk. Guided by the values on which it is founded, the EU is committed to a world based on international law, including the principles of the UN Charter which ensure peace, human rights and sustainable development […] The EU will strive for a strong UN as the bedrock of the multilateral rules-based order and develop global responses with international and regional organisations, States and non-state actors.” - EU Global Strategy for Foreign and Security Policy
In the margins of the 5th AU-EU Summit the African Union, the European Union and the United Nations agreed to put in place a joint Taskforce to save and protect the lives of migrants and refugees along the routes and in particular inside Libya. Until today joint work by the AU, EU and UN has supported more than 39,000 migrants to return voluntarily to their countries of origin.
"Violence against women is a grave violation of human rights and yet it is still widespread across the world. The perception that harassment or being violent towards women is normal and acceptable is wrong and must change. We all have the responsibility to say no, openly reject acts of violence or harassment, and stand by the victims" the EU stressed, ahead of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. And once again the EU lights up its buildings in orange, reflecting its continued support.
Thanks to the support of EU Operation Atalanta, FAO is training local women in Somalia on processing of captured fish which the men traditionally bring in on the boats in the morning. FAO-trained instructors (Trainers of Trainers) demonstrated how to scale, gut and fillet huge, freshly caught fish, and then how to dry fish in the sun on again FAO-designed but locally built fiberglass drying racks, harnessing the sun’s direct solar drying power – perfect for the Somali context.
The partnership between the EU and UN and their defence of human rights was centre stage as the "Enlightened Universe" art installation was inaugurated Thursday (25th October) in Brussels. It marks United Nations Day and the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Schuman location in Brussels is symbolic as it is between the EU buildings and UN ones.