“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
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.
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.