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EU Priorities for the 67th United Nations General Assembly

Summary: 23 July 2012, Brussels - At its meeting on 23 July 2012, the Council of the European Union adopted the EU Priorities for the 67th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations.

During the 67th session of the General Assembly of the United Nations (UNGA 67), in line with the EU's medium-term priorities, the EU and/or its Member States will strongly focus on the following issues: 

a)       The follow-up and implementation of the Rio+20 outcome; 

b)       The preparation of the 2013 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) review and the post-2015 development framework will also be a key issue for this and coming General Assemblies, in line with the EU mid-term priorities. The United Nations Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review (QCPR) will guide strategic plans of the United Nations for 2014-2017 and Delivering as One with results from Busan, Rio+20, ICPD+20 and the post-2015 MDG process being incorporated;  

c)       The promotion of Human Rights, democracy and the rule of law will remain a silver thread throughout the EU's action at the UN; 

d)       Strengthening the effectiveness of the UN, supporting the necessary reforms in key areas such as management, peacekeeping and field support as well as delivery of humanitarian assistance, ensuring revision of the scale of assessments and the financial sustainability of the Organisation, will be among the key objectives of the EU in line with its overall aim of ensuring a strong and efficient UN at the apex of the international system; 

e)       Action on regional issues will be in line with the EU medium term priorities[1]. 

During UNGA 67 the EU and/or its Member States[2] as appropriate will: 





[1]        Doc. 9820/1/12.

[2]        The implementation of the priorities will involve action both at the level of the EU itself and, in a number of areas falling within their responsibility, its Member States.


  • Ref: GA6712-001EN
  • EU source: Council
  • UN forum: 
  • Date: 23/7/2012

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