The Indo-Pacific — a region that produces almost 60% of global GDP, contributing to two-thirds of global growth — is vital for the EU as a top investor, development assistance provider and trading partner. The region’s growing economic, demographic and political weight makes it a key player in shaping the rules-based international order and in addressing global challenges. Cooperation between the EU and partners in the Indo-Pacific contributes to implementing the global agenda, including achieving the SDGs, and promotes a green and sustainable socio-economic recovery from COVID-19.
With its Strategy for Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific, the EU aims to contribute to the region’s stability, security, prosperity and sustainable development, in line with the principles of democracy, rule of law, human rights and international law. It is extensively engaged in the region, carrying out training programmes and sessions for diplomats and policymakers, along with talks with the public, focused on enhancing cooperation in the priority areas of sustainable and inclusive prosperity, green transition, ocean governance, digital connectivity, security and defence, and human security.