UN, OSCE & other international organisations

The Agency cooperates with the United Nations (UN), the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), the Council of Europe and other international organisations. This cooperation forms part of FRA's Founding Regulation and includes expert consultations, conferences and seminars as well as data and information sharing. Cooperation creates synergies and optimises resources so duplication of work is avoided. It also helps ensure the different organisations’ work complements each other, so that recommendations and advice are more aligned.

This page provides information on FRA cooperation with:

United Nations

The Agency cooperates with a wide range of UN bodies. For instance, it compiles targeted findings from EU Member States and submits them to the UN human rights treaty bodies and special procedures. It also feeds the UN’s Universal Periodic Review process.

FRA regularly meets with the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), as well as the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and the International Labour Organization (ILO).

Focusing FRA’s work on the UN’s SDGs

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set global development targets for the period 2015–2030. They replace the Millennium Development Goals, which covered 2000 to 2015. Coordinated by the UN, the 17 SDGs set the framework for much of the world’s development and multilateral cooperation. The table below provides an overview of the SDGs, linking them to the most relevant Articles in the EU's Fundamental Rights Charter. It also gives examples of related FRA projects.


FRA projects related to SDG goals
Goal EU Charter Article Examples of FRA projects and deliverables
1. No poverty Art. 34 - Social security and social assistance
2. Zero hunger Art. 34 - Social security and social assistance
3. Good health and well-being Art. 35 - Health care
4. Quality education Art. 14 - Right to education
5. Gender equality Art. 23 - Equality between women and men
6. Clean water and sanitation Art. 36 - Access to services of general economic interest
7. Affordable and clean energy Art. 36 - Access to services of general economic interest
8. Decent work and economic growth Art. 15 - Freedom to choose an occupation and right to engage in work (+ Arts. 27-32)
9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure Art. 16 - Freedom to conduct a business
10. Reduced inequalities Art. 21 - Non-discrimination
11. Sustainable cities and communities Art. 37 - Environmental protection
12. Responsible consumption and production Art. 38 - Consumer protection
13. Climate action Art. 37 - Environmental protection
14. Life below water Art. 37 - Environmental protection
  • N/A
15. Life on land Art. 37 - Environmental protection
  • N/A
16. Peace, justice and strong institutions Art. 47 - Right to an effective remedy and to a fair trial (+ Arts. 48-50)
17. Partnerships for the goals Not applicable
  • Contributions to the work of the European Union as well as the United Nations on the SDGs

Tools linking SDGs to human rights instruments:

States and civil society, but also entities such as corporations, contribute to delivering on the SDGs. Efforts at the start of the 2015–2030 period focus on populating the 230 indicators with data, organised under 169 targets and the 17 SDGs. FRA is contributing to this by working with Eurostat to populate indicators at the EU level and by contributing to methodological consultations at the UN level.

The UN is commemorating the 70 year anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on 10 December 2018 with the year-long campaign Stand up for human rights.

Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe

FRA also cooperates with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), in particular with the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR).

Other International Organisations

In addition, the Agency cooperates with other international organisations such as the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) and other entities with an international character, in particular the EEA and Norway Grants.