18 December 2014, Brussels - "Today's adoption of the resolution "moratorium on the use of death penalty" by the UN General Assembly is a great and encouraging achievement for the abolitionist cause worldwide. The record number of 117 votes in favour clearly shows that consensus is growing within the international community."
18 December 2014, Brussels - The Council of the European Union has imposed substantial additional sanctions on investment, services and trade with Crimea and Sevastopol. This is to reinforce the EU's policy of not recognising their illegal annexation by Russia and follows a conclusion by the Foreign Affairs Council of 17 November.
16 December 2014, New York - Statement on behalf of the European Union and its Member States by Mr. Nick Westcott, Managing Director for Africa, European External Action Service, at the United Nations Security Council Open Debate on Cooperation between the United Nations and regional and subregional organizations: Peace operations: the UN-AU partnership and its evolution