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International Partnerships

What the Commission is doing

The European Consensus on Development commits the EU to eradicating poverty and building a fairer and more stable world.

Together with its member countries, the EU adopted the European Consensus on Development in 2017, as part of its response to the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals. The consensus defines our shared vision and action framework for development cooperation.


  • Play a key role in the achievement of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals
  • Promote democracy, the rule of law, and the respect of human rights in developing countries
  • Ensure sustainable economic, social and environmental progress in developing countries
  • Make development aid from different European countries more effective by deepening the cooperation between national governments
  • Launch negotiations on a revised Cotonou agreement with the African, Caribbean and Pacific group of countries

See what other EU institutions are doing on international cooperation and development

Key initiatives

Global Gateway

The Global Gateway will address the most pressing global challenges, from fighting climate change, to improving health systems, and boosting competitiveness and security of global supply chains.

Climate, environment and energy

The EU addresses environmental challenges and promote the implementation of ambitious climate, environment and energy policies across the world.

Digital and infrastructure

To strengthen connections between Europe and the world and help partner countries address the digital divide and further develop a sustainable digital economy.

Peace and governance

The EU promotes and protects human rights, democracy and the rule of law worldwide.