“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
The world is a complex, rapidly changing and often dangerous place. The European Union believes that by working together through international cooperation, based on common rules and with effective global institutions such as the United Nations, enables the world to deal with complex issues such as climate change and conflict. This international approach, known as multilateralism, was re-endorsed by all 28 EU Foreign Ministers when they met at the Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels on 17th June.
The latest Global Trends Report by the UN Refugee Agency shows that 70.8 million people were forcibly displaced in 2018 due to conflicts, crises, persecution, natural disasters and the impact of climate change. In other words, in 2018 every minute 25 people were forced to flee. And every second refugee was a child.
“In parts of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, it is the first time in history that trials have been held in open court.... For the first time, the people in these areas saw offenders considered as untouchable punished by the law. This has led to renewed confidence and a sense of security for the population,” says Mr Muntazini, a prosecutor for the Special Penal Court in the Central African Republic, expressing his gratitude for the EU-UN project that has helped the authorities in enforcing the rule of law and respect for human rights.