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The EU's commitment to effective multilateralism, with the UN at its core, is a central element of its external action. As a UN observer with enhanced status, the EU delegation coordinates with its 28 Member States to speak with one voice. The EU also works closely with the UN secretariat and its agencies, funds & programmes, partnering on a range of global issues and challenges.

21 April 2016, New York – On Thursday, 28 April, the European Union Delegation will host an event launching the EU4HumanRights at the UN.

On the occasion of the New York launch of the #EU4HumanRights campaign, the Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations will host

Making more space – Civil society in the multilateral context

Thursday, 28 April 2016, 15:00 – 16:30pm

Conference Room 6, United Nations – New York


Protecting and promoting the space for civil society to participate in multilateral fora is one of the European Union’s key human rights priorities. Civil society plays a crucial role in protecting human rights worldwide and interaction with civil society actors is essential for the success of UN processes and to effectively promote universal respect for human rights.

The event will provide an opportunity for Member States, UN entities and civil society to discuss how civil society space in the multilateral context can be protected and promoted. It also marks the launch event in NY of the year-long #EU4HumanRights campaign.

Opening remarks by H.E. Mr. João Vale de Almeida, Head of Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations. Moderated by Mr. Silvio Gonzato, Director of the European External Action Service, EU


  • Ms. Cristina Gallach, Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, United Nations
  • H.E. Mr. Karel van Oosterom, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the United Nations
  • Ms. Stephanie David, Representative of the International Federation for Human Rights to the United Nations
  • Ms. Debra Jones, Director and UN Representative of Save the Children in New York

Please tweet about the event using the hashtag #EU4HumanRights

  • Ref: CAL16-011EN
  • EU source: European Union
  • UN forum:
  • Date: 21/04/2016

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