Improving Lives: Partnership between the United Nations and the European Union in 2010

Launched on 21 Sep 2011

Report Summary

The sixth annual UN-EU Partnership Report “Improving Lives: Partnership between the United Nations and the European Union in 2010” illustrates the impact of the cooperation between the EU and the UN with a more graphic representation of the variety and depth of activities on the ground. At the heart of this UN-EU partnership is a shared commitment to the eighth Millennium Development Goal – a global partnership for development to meet the needs of the world’s most vulnerable people.

The UN-EU collaboration spans all three pillars of the work of the UN - peace and security, human rights and development – and helps to achieve much more than what either organization could have done separately. In 2010, the EU and the UN worked hand in hand, together with national governments and civil societies in over 110 countries. The partnership helped tackle the humanitarian crises in Haiti and in Pakistan, amongst others.

With the support of the EU, the UN actions led to millions of lives being directly improved through job opportunities, access to health and education, improvement of infrastructure, improved food security and agricultural productivity, safer living conditions and a protected environment. The capacity of national institutions and civil society organizations was also strengthened.

In 2010, the total financial support provided by the EU to the UN was over € 1,205 million. 

Some key results of the EU-UN partnership in 2010

  • 63 million people worldwide registered to vote in electoral processes supported by the partnership.
  • 15 million refugees were protected and many more internally displaced people were helped worldwide.
  • 500,000 Palestine refugee children were guaranteed an education.
  • Food assistance was delivered in 30 countries facing humanitarian disasters.
  • 30 million children under the age of five got essential nutrients, helping to save this generation and the next.

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