European Union

Supporting Multilateralism & Regions

Supporting Multilateralism & Regions

EU Support for a Rules-Based Multilateral Order

Guided by the values on which it is founded, the EU is committed to a rules-based multilateral international order. The Union regards the respect for and promotion of international law - including the principles of the UN Charter – to be crucial for preserving peace, human rights, sustainable development and lasting access to the global commons. Multilateral organisations – in particular the United Nations – sit at the heart of this framework of international norms. They are providers of global governance as well as fora for the peaceful resolution of disputes and jointly tackling global challenges. To strengthen rather than just preserve the rules-based multilateral system, the European Union is committed to reform, transform, and further expand the existing system. The European Union leads by example with the implementation of new and reinvigoration of existing multilateral projects like the Paris Agreement, the Sustainable Development Goals, as well as the global effort on nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament. We will seek to widen the reach of international norms and institutions. Not only is the EU committed to living up to its obligations under such regimes, rather it will strongly support expanding their membership, universalisation, full implementation, and enforcement.

EU Support for Regional Order

Given its historically unique and successful role in securing peace and cooperation in Europe as well as delivering prosperity to its citizens, the European Union has a natural interest in supporting regional organisations and other regional cooperative relationships with similar goals. The EU is a living example of what states can achieve together in terms of better managing security concerns, reaping the economic gains of globalisation for the benefit of their citizens, and projecting more influence on the international stage through voluntary forms of regional governance and cooperation. The Union uses this experience to support various forms of regional cooperation in different world regions, with regard to each of which EU action is driven by specific goals and guided by its strategic interests. In the second year of the EU Global Strategy's implementation the EU will particularly strengthen its political engagement in the Western Balkans, deepen relationships with partners to the East through the Eastern Partnership, and reinforce its partnership with Africa, in particular through the integrated approach in the Sahel and in the Horn of Africa.