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International Partnerships

Our mission

Our mission is to contribute to sustainable development, to eradicate poverty, and promote peace and the protection of human rights through international partnerships that uphold and promote European values and interests.

As part of the European Union’s external relations, we base our actions on international law and multilateralism and are at the forefront of the European Union’s efforts to implement global commitments, notably the United Nations 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

EDD 2019 participant

Under the geopolitical ambition and political guidelines set by the President of the European Commission, we lead on international cooperation, building partnerships with countries and organisations across the globe. We work hand in hand with Commission services to ensure that the external dimension of all EU policies strengthen our action in the world. We work hand in hand with our Member States to mobilise a strong Team Europe behind our EU agenda on the world stage. We work hand in hand with our partners, setting policy agendas, taking initiatives and ensuring effective implementation of our actions for the ultimate benefit of people across the world.

See our priority policy areas

Related links

2021 annual report on the implementation of the European Union's External Action Instruments in 2020

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development