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What does the Regional Office for Europe do?

How do we work?

  • As regards human rights within the European Union (EU) – its main area of engagement –, the Regional Office for Europe
    • Advises the EU and Governments in the region on the integration of human rights in legislation, policy, budgeting and programmes, and on engagement with the UN human rights mechanisms
    • Increase awareness of human rights and mobilises people to stand up for human rights, particularly in the context of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
    • Empowers human rights networks, national human rights institutions, equality bodies, civil society, and human rights defenders
    • Monitors human rights in the region and issues public reports and position papers
    • Conducts strategic litigation before the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg
    • Undertakes joint initiatives with the EU Fundamental Rights Agency, the Council of Europe, the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe
  • Concerning human rights in EU external action and development cooperation, and in the UN Team, the Regional Office for Europe
    • Advocates for a human rights-based approach to the EU’s external policies, migration management, and development cooperation
    • Fosters the integration of human rights in UN Brussels Team’s engagement on the Sustainable Development Agenda 
  • With respect to the EU – UN Human Rights Office partnership and good offices role: the Regional Office Europe
    • Facilitates cooperation between other field presences and EU institutions, considering the relationship between the EU and the UN Human Rights Office globally
    • Actively contributes to the EU – UN Partnership Visibility Strategy
    • Provides support to thematic and country-specific Special Procedures of the UN Human Rights Council who seek to engage with EU institutions