On Friday the UN General Assembly ministerial week came to an end. Throughout the week, EU leaders actively engaged in a large number of multilateral and bilateral meetings through a high-level delegation. In addition to Council President Donald Tusk, European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans, High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini, Vice-President Kristalina Georgieva, Commissioners Neven Mimica, Johannes Hahn, Dimitris Avramopoulos, Miguel Arias Cañete, Vytenis Andriukaitis and Christos Stylianides were in New York.
Europe will always stand for a free and open world governed by the rule of law, where nations can trade and grow together, instead of living in conflict, mistrust and intrigue. We treat the values upon which the European Union is founded in all seriousness. And we have the determination to seek those values on the international arena. –Donald Tusk
On 21 September, EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis, spoke at the first UN High Level Meeting on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), urging UN Member States to implement the WHO Global Action Plan on AMR and emphasizing the EU’s resolve to work in partnership in this regard. On 20 September, the Commissioner participated in the launch of the Report of the UN High-Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth, co-chaired by Presidents Hollande and Zuma.
At UN General Assembly: Commissioner Stylianides pledges additional €30 million humanitarian aid for Iraq
On 21 September, the EU co-organised a high-level event on the humanitarian crisis in Iraq in the margins of the UNGA. The event focused on the steps necessary to ensure civilians are protected and assistance is delivered in accordance with international humanitarian law and humanitarian principles during all military campaigns in Iraq, and specifically the Mosul campaign. Commissioner Stylianides pledged additional urgent humanitarian assistance of €30 million from the EU budget.