On 25 June 2011 the EU Foreign Affairs Council adopted the first EU Strategic Framework on Human Rights and Democracy,

which was accompanied by a comprehensive time bound action plan containing 96 areas for action to be jointly taken forward by the EU and its Member States.
The EU Strategic Framework recognizes the need to further strengthen and integrate human rights into development; in particular, it highlights the crucial importance of building human rights benchmarks into EU development programmes as well as arrangements at HQ and field level. The specific reference in the action plan to the design of a EU toolbox on Human Rights Based Approaches to development could play a key role in ensuring policy coherence through the incorporation of human rights standards at programmatic level as well as, at the policy level, supporting the further integration of human rights in the global development agendas, namely the post-2015 development framework and the post-2015 DRR framework.