Statement by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini on the occasion of the World NGO Day

February 26, 2019
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On World NGO Day, we celebrate the relentless and invaluable role of civil society organisations in protecting and fighting for fundamental human rights, democracy, and sustainable development for all. Their continuous commitment to these fundamental values makes their contributions indispensable to the construction of resilient, inclusive and diverse societies.

The European Union will continue to foster safe and open environments for civil society participation in Europe and around the world, notably through a financial contribution of €2 billion per year, as well as through the organisation of fora such as the annual EU-NGO Forum on Human Rights where EU and civil society leaders have a unique opportunity to exchange views.

Since 2014, close to 1000 human rights defenders and their families benefited from over 400 emergency grants provided by the EIDHR Emergency Fund for Human Rights Defenders at Risk.

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Countries covered:

  • Algeria
  • Egypt
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Palestine *
  • Syria *
  • Tunisia