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An Integrated Approach to Conflicts

An Integrated Approach to Conflicts

Taking an integrated approach to conflicts and crises is another way for the EU to become a more responsive actor. This framework helps the EU to better support human security in areas that have been affected by political or natural tragedies, and helps the EU keep a focus on the multiple dimensions (food security, gender, environment, etc.) and stages of the conflict cycle. With this ambition, the EU is identifying ways to act promptly to prevent conflict, respond to crises effectively, help countries to stabilize, and make sure that it is engaged in areas of need until sustainable peace and stability have both taken root.

To achieve this, the EU works with different levels of governance, in particular with cooperative regional and international partnerships. This is the case with the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), which has cooperated with the EU to support the peace process in Colombia. In late 2016, the EU also established a dedicated Trust Fund to lend concrete support to the Colombian peace process with almost 600€ million. With efforts such as these, the EU is helping to end one of the longest conflicts in history.