The EU promotes and protects human rights, democracy and the rule of law worldwide. Human rights and democracy are inextricably connected. Only in a democracy can individuals fully claim and realise their civil, political, social, economic and cultural rights.
Sustainable development and peace and security go hand-in-hand. One is not possible without the other, which is why we fully support our partner countries in their efforts to establish long-term stability.
We implement programmes around the world wherever assistance is needed. We tailor our support to fit the region or country being helped. Programmes with a global reach allow the EU to provide similar support to countries facing similar problems.
The European Commission has opened three global calls for proposals to strengthen civil society organisations in partner countries, to further enable them to effectively contribute to good governance, democratic processes, peace, stability, sustainable development and inclusive growth.
2022 marks the 10th anniversary of the EU and UNESCO's strategic partnership. By joining forces at global, regional, and national levels, the EU and UNESCO have transformed the lives of millions of people.
Reconfirming the European Union's strong support to human rights, fundamental freedoms and democracy, and their defenders worldwide, Commissioner Jutta Urpilainen today signed €30 million, a substantial increase, for the new phase of the EU Human Rights Defenders Mechanism.