Pax Christi International, together with COMECE and Justice & Peace Europe, submits statement to the EU regarding its Joint Communication on Resilience


All over the world, we are witnessing victims of crises and conflicts and the instability they create. These may result from social, economic and environmental injustice, often leading to violence and war. We have also seen the emergence of hybrid threats which instigate vulnerabilities and put peace at risk. Globalisation has increased dependency and rising inequalities are posing a serious challenge to sustainable development.

In light of this fragile environment, we welcome the EU Global Strategy[1] that has set resilience as one of the EU’s strategic priorities in its external action. The current geopolitical context requires efforts to strengthen the resilience capacities of people, families, communities, states and societies in order to prepare them for situations of shock and stress.

The upcoming Joint Communication on resilience[2] should therefore further build on the evaluation of existing strategies[3] and provide a common narrative and guidance for resilience-fosering efforts. They should be embedded in EU’s conflict prevention and peacebuilding strategies and mainstreamed into all external and internal policies.

It is our hope that the Joint Communication will help implement the EU’s priority on resilience through concrete policy initatives and actions, as requested by the Foreign Affairs Council[4]  and in line with the commitments in the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Climate Agreement.

Through this position paper that you can read here, COMECE, Pax Christi International and Justice & Peace Europe aim to orient and help the EU to define a vision of resilience from the perspective of the Church and faith-based organisations. Our perspective is built upon needs and experiences from the field, gathered through the peace work of our organisations and members all around the world.

[1] The EU Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy (2016) sets out 5 priorities (the Security of our Union, State and Societal Resilience, an Integrated Approach, Cooperative Regional Orders, Global Governance), online available at:

[2] European Commission, Roadmap, Resilience as a strategic priority of the external action of the EU (2017), online available at:

[3] Such as the Communication on the EU Approach to Resilience (2012), Council Conclusions to EU Approach to Resilience (2013), Review of the European Neighbourhood Policy (2015), but also in the UN, OECD and NATO frameworks

[4] Council of the European Union, Council Conclusions on the Global Strategy on the EU’s Foreign and Security Policy, 17 October 2016, online available at:


See here the website to the submission on the European Commission website.




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