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"There is a ‘European way’ towards peace and security, which is identical to the ‘UN way’ towards peace and security. It is a path built on mediation and peacekeeping operations, on sustainable development and the protection of human rights, on humanitarian aid and on building and respecting shared rules," EU High Representative Federica Mogherini said, addressing the UN Security Council (UNSC) in New York on 12 March 2019.
From 25 February to 22 March 2019 the 40th session of the Human Rights Council (HRC40) will take place in Geneva. The EU stands united as a staunch supporter of the UN Human Rights system and will continue to actively uphold, defend and promote its values throughout 2019 as a priority of our external action. We are committed to continue to work with all stakeholders in order to strengthen the Human Rights Council while protecting the Council’s achievements and recognising its unique role and added value.
As part of the EU's strengthened partnership with the African Union (AU), Ministers of Foreign Affairs from EU and AU countries met from 21-22 January in Brussels to discuss common action on issues such as peace, security and governance; trade and investment and continental economic integration as well as their commitment to multilateralism.