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.
Today, the European Commission announced the 57 members of the Global Gateway Civil Society and Local Authorities Dialogue Platform, and the platform held its first meeting with Jutta Urpilainen, European Commissioner for International Partnerships, at the margins of the Global Gateway Forum.
The European Union and the Open Government Partnership (OGP) have launched a Partnership for Democracy and Accountability to strengthen democracy and improve citizens' lives across the globe through open, inclusive, and accountable government.
At a signature ceremony on 20 July 2023, Minister of State for Economy and Finance of Benin, Romuald Wadagni and Director-General for International Partnerships at the European Commission, Koen Doens, launched a new EU budget support programme for Benin.