Two years ago, the EU Global Strategy for Foreign and Security Policy anticipated that the years ahead would be a time of “predictable unpredictability.” Indeed, the global system has become more uncertain and less stable since then.
In this challenging context, the European Union has continued to be a leading force for diplomacy, cooperation and compromise, guided by the EU Global Strategy. We still believe that international rules are not a constraint, but a guarantee for everyone.
Implementing the EU Global Strategy over the past year, the Union has taken unprecedented steps to increase internal cooperation in the field of security and defence; worked to preserve an international agreement on Iran's nuclear programme; re-energised the European perspective of the Western Balkans; engaged with partners to strengthen global governance and seek mutually beneficial solutions to common issues, from fighting the impact of climate change to governing migration. Some highlights from the report are outlined below.
Shaping a multilateral order for the 21st century
At a time when many voices are calling it into question, the European Union stands up for a rules-based international order. The EU is playing a lead role in driving forward and upholding global agreements, as shown by the EU work on climate diplomacy through the Paris agreement on climate change, as well as the EU's strong commitment to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran. The EU has also invested in targeted partnerships. Examples include the joint trilateral African Union-EU-United Nations cooperation, which has paved the way for enhanced cooperation not only on migration, but on the wider peace and security agenda; and the launch of the Spotlight Initiative, a new partnership of the EU and UN to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls.