On 16 January 2021, the Directorate General (DG) International Cooperation and Development officially became DG International Partnerships. This new name, together with its mission statement and structure, underlines the importance of the role of international partnerships in positioning the European Union (EU) in the world as a development actor working towards the eradication of poverty, the achievement of sustainable development objectives and the promotion of democracy, human rights and the rule of law.
The transition completes a process that began in December 2019 when Commissioner Jutta Urpilainen became the first Commissioner for International Partnerships in President von der Leyen’s new “Geopolitical Commission”. The mission statement charges her with ensuring that the European development model evolves in line with the new global realities. A revamped Directorate General for International Partnerships is an essential tool to carry out this mission and to build transformational impact relationships around common priorities with our partners around the world.
DG International Partnerships works in countries and regions in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean (including overseas countries and territories), the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific.
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