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The Council Of Europe's Relations with the United Nations

 

The United Nations is a major partner for the Council of Europe and an ideal platform for global outreach. The universality of values shared by the member States of the Council of Europe constitutes the basis for cooperation. Due to its global nature both in thematic and geographical terms, the UN constitutes an “across the board” partner for the Council of Europe

 

Co-operation between the CoE and the UN started with the “Agreement between the Secretariat General of the Council of Europe and the Secretariat of the United Nations”, signed on 15 December 1951. This agreement was updated on 19 November 1971 through the “Arrangement on Co-operation and Liaison between the Secretariats of the United Nations and the Council of Europe”. The CoE also concluded agreements and works closely with a number of UN bodies and specialised agencies (see list of agreements). On 17 October 1989, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted a Resolution, proposed by a number of CoE member States, granting observer status to the CoE (A/RES/44/6). Consequently, the CoE is invited to participate in the sessions and work of the General Assembly of the UN and its six main committees.

Since 2000 (every second year since 2004), the General Assembly of the United Nations adopts a Resolution on co-operation between the United Nations and the Council of Europe.

These Resolutions show that co-operation between the UN and the CoE is well established, inter alia, in the fields of the protection of human rights, the fight against racism, discrimination, xenophobia and intolerance, the fight against terrorism, transnational organized crime, cybercrime, corruption and money laundering, the protection of minorities, the prevention of torture, the fight against trafficking in human beings and violence against women, the protection and promotion of the rights of children, intercultural dialogue, information society and Internet governance.

Such an open- ended variety of fields allows for a dynamic and flexible response to the needs of co-operation in a given time.

Furthermore, the Permanent Delegations of the Council of Europe to the United Nations Offices at Geneva and Vienna, opened respectively in 2010 and 2011, are contributing to the enhancement of co-operation and the achievement of greater synergy between the United Nations and the Council of Europe.

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