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  • International climate action

    The EU supports the UN's efforts on a new climate agreement and gives substantial funding to developing countries facing the effects of climate change.

  • International gender equality

    International cooperation sets gender equality as one of the priority areas to improve living conditions of women and children around the world.

  • International human rights

    Human rights are defended by political dialogue with countries, aid, development policy and participation in multilateral forums like the United Nations.

  • Accessing markets

    Accessing markets outside the EU is crucial for jobs and growth within the EU. The EU works to keep markets open, and trade flowing and fair.

  • Support for global security

    The EU carries out civilian and military missions worldwide under the common security and defence policy (CSDP).

  • Peacekeeping

    Through political, logistic and economic support, the EU has played a crucial role in building peace in locations around the world.