Practical and pragmatic relations with non-member states on all continents allow the Council of Europe to widen its scope for action and global outreach.

More than 45 non-member states are Parties to Council of Europe treaties or members, observers or participants in Partial and Enlarged Agreements, such as the Venice Commission, Pompidou Group or the North-South Centre. Council of Europe legal instruments are increasingly drawn up with the participation of interested non-member states.

Specific relations are maintained with more than 70 non-member States and countries in the neighbouring regions.