On 27 February 2017, the Council adopted conclusions on EU priorities at United Nations human rights fora in 2017. The conclusions reaffirm the EU’s strong commitment to the United Nations human rights system. The EU will remain actively engaged at the UN Human Rights Council and the Third Committee of the General Assembly to defend and promote the universality, indivisibility, interdependence and interrelatedness of human rights. The EU will continue to draw the attention of these fora to human rights violations and abuses worldwide, and to the need for accountability and efforts to fight impunity. It will also seek to highlight positive experiences where action was taken to prevent or remedy
We cannot take peace for granted. And as conflicts grow more complex, our efforts to address them need to evolve. These efforts now involve action at multiple levels – the local, the regional and the global – with a wide variety of stakeholders and across the conflict cycle, from early warning to conflict prevention, mediation, crisis management and the post-conflict reconstruction.
-- EEAS Secretary-General Helga Schmid
21 February 2017, Brussels – Today the European Commission has announced an emergency aid package worth €82 million as famine has been declared in South Sudan for the first time since the country gained independence in 2011.