Statement by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini for the International Day of Peace
September 23, 2019
On the International Day of Peace, the European Union reaffirms its commitment to peace and security, to human rights and sustainable development for all, to international cooperation and to the rules-based international order with the United Nations at its core. Sustainable peace has always been and will remain at the centre of the European Union’s external action, as restated in the Global Strategy.
All around the world, the EU engages in prevention, peace building, conflicts and crises resolution and stabilisation through regional and international partnerships. For instance, the EU and the UN strongly cooperate on these areas with the EU Member States who are the largest contributor to the UN’s peacekeeping budget, providing around 30% of it.
This year, the International Day of Peace’s focus is on combatting climate change as a key to protecting and promoting peace throughout the world. For more than a decade, the EU has been working to raise awareness and tackle the inter-connection between climate, peace and security. Today, as especially young people all around the world are mobilising in their call to save our planet, the time for action is more pressing than ever.