The European Union pursues freedom of religion or belief and strongly opposes religious intolerance. In this vein, the EU presents this year a resolution at the Human Rights Council to promote and protect freedom of religion or belief with a focus on efforts that States should step up in order to implement commitments previously undertaken at UN human rights fora.
At the same time, the EU organised several side events at the Council to raise attention to this issue. The presence of EU Special Envoy for the promotion of freedom and religion or belief outside the EU, Jan Figel, underlined the EU's commitment to guaranteeing the freedom of religion or belief worldwide.
UNHCR - 71st session of the Standing Committee
Geneva, 6 – 8 March 2018
Agenda item 3 (a) v. Regional activities: Europe
(Background document: Update on UNHCR's operations in Europe of 13 February 2018
To mark International Women's Day on 8th March 2018, Plan India jointly with the Delegation of the European Union to India and the Embassy of Finland on behalf of all EU Member States, reaffirmed their strong commitment to promote gender equality and empowerment of women and girls, so that they can learn, lead, decide and thrive.