The UN at 75 – celebrating cooperation between the UN and EU

The General Debate at the UN General Assembly opens today for the 75th time in the midst of a global health crisis, underlining more than ever the need for coordinated, multilateral action to address some of the world’s most pressing problems.

In advance of the General Debate, the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell Fontelles, emphasised the importance of multilateralism and the full support of the EU and its member states for the UN. Across the globe, the UN and the EU work together to promote key universal values, first and foremost, respect for human rights.

As part of EUPOL COPPS’ mandate to support Palestinian police and rule of law reform, the Mission works within the framework of numerous UN treaties and conventions. A key task for the Mission’s Rule of Law advisers is to work together with their Palestinian and UN partners to assist the transposition of international conventions into Palestinian domestic legislation.

The Mission also works to train law enforcement officials in the application of human rights treaties and other international commitments, for example outlining to police officers and prosecutors the implications of human rights legislation for their work. In these efforts, EUPOL COPPS has been assisted by UN agencies such as the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

There are also joint efforts between EUPOL COPPS and UN agencies on practical law enforcement questions, for example the fight against drug trafficking and treatment of drug addiction as well as the fight against corruption, where EUPOL COPPS has cooperated with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to support the Palestinian Civil Police.

“Our cooperation with UN agencies is valuable and has led to concrete results that directly benefit Palestinians,” says Katja Dominik, Acting Head of EUPOL COPPS. “The EU’s most senior representatives frequently note that it is not possible to solve global challenges without global cooperation, and on the ground in Ramallah, we work to put that principle into practice”.

EUPOL COPPS will continue to cooperate with its UN partners to support Palestinian institutions in their efforts to become more effective, more accountable and more trusted by the public they serve.