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EU at the UN

The EU's commitment to effective multilateralism, with the UN at its core, is a central element of its external action. As a UN observer with enhanced status, the EU delegation coordinates with its 28 Member States to speak with one voice. The EU also works closely with the UN secretariat and its agencies, funds & programmes, partnering on a range of global issues and challenges.

Intervention by EU Commissioner Mimica at the UN Financing for Development Forum

The EU and its Member States remain the largest provider of Official Development Assistance in the world. In 2016 collective EU development assistance increased for the fourth consecutive year – reaching EUR 75.5 billion. This is our highest ever level, and an increase of 11%, representing close to 60% of total global ODA efforts. 

--EU Commissioner Mimica

EU Statement – United Nations Second Informal Thematic Session on Addressing Drivers of Migration: Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication

The EU and its MS recognize the positive contribution of migrants for inclusive growth and sustainable development and at the same time its complex challenges for host societies; our common objective is therefore to maximize the positive effects of migration on development, minimize its negative consequences and ultimately make migration a choice and not a necessity.

--Ambassador Vale de Almeida

Minamata Convention: EU protects citizens from toxic mercury, paves the way for global action

18 May 2017, Brussels – Today at the UN headquarters in New York, the European Union triggered the entry into force of the global treaty aimed at reducing exposure to mercury. The ratification of the Minamata Convention on Mercury, confirms Europe’s leading role to protect citizens’ health and the environment around the world.

A Global Strategy for the European Union

We need a strong European Union like never before. It is what our citizens deserve and what the wider world expects. The European project which has brought unprecedented peace, prosperity and democracy is being questioned. Yet these are also times of extraordinary opportunity. Global Growth, mobility, and technological progress – alongside our deepening partnerships- enable us to thrive, and allow ever more people to escape poverty and live longer and freer lives.

Ambassador João Vale de Almeida

Mr. João Vale de Almeida, Ambassador, Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations in New York

Ambassador João Vale de Almeida. UN Photo/Eskinder DebebeLearn more about the Ambassador.

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