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EU Leaders at the 67th United Nations General Assembly Ministerial Week

Summary: 24 September 2012, Brussels - The 67th session of the General Assembly of the United Nations opens in New York on 18 September, with Ministerial week beginning the following Monday, 24 September. European Union leaders will be actively participating in high-level events throughout the week.

The 67th session of the General Assembly of the United Nations opens in New York on 18 September, with Ministerial week beginning the following Monday, 24 September. Commission President José Manuel Barroso, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the Commission Catherine Ashton and Commissioners Kristalina Georgieva (International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response), Connie Hedegaard (Climate Action) and Andris Piebalgs (Development), together with European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, will travel to New York to represent the EU in discussions on peace and security, sustainable development, human rights and strengthening the role of the United Nations.

Main Events

The EU will be represented in the General Debate on Wednesday, 26 September by President Van Rompuy. The EU's priorities for the 67th UNGA session were adopted by the Council in July.  Following his statement at the General Debate, the President will participate in a series of bilaterals with heads of state and government and attend other high-level events.  Learn more about President Van Rompuy's main activities and follow him on Twitter: @euHvR

President Barroso will address the High Level Meeting on the Rule of Law at the UN General Assembly on Monday 24 September, will participate in a number of high-level bilateral meetings and together with President Van Rompuy and High Representative/Vice-President Ashton, will inaugurate the new offices of the EU Delegation in New York on Wednesday 26 September, in the presence of EU Ministers for Foreign Affairs. Furthermore, President Barroso will deliver a public lecture titled "European Union: An Indispensable Partner" at the Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University, on Thursday 27 September.  Follow the President on Twitter: @BarrosoEU.

High Representative/Vice-President Ashton will be in New York from 23 to 28 September. On her agenda will be priority issues relating to Syria, Iran, the Middle East peace process, Libya, European Neighbourhood Policy, the Belgrade/Pristina dialogue, Somalia and the Sahel. Notably, she will meet with a number of Foreign Affairs Ministers and will discuss the crisis in Syria with United Nations/League of Arab States Special Envoy Brahimi and League of Arab States Secretary-General Nabil El Araby.  Follow EEAS activities on Twitter: @eu_eeas.

Commissioner Georgieva will participate in the event "Ensuring Resilient Livelihoods", organised by USAID, on September 25. Together with other high-level figures from the world of humanitarian and development aid, she will discuss the Sahel and Horn of Africa crises at the "Resilience Champions" meeting on September 26, as well as the humanitarian situation in Syria, Yemen and Sudan/South Sudan.  Follow Commissioner Georgieva on Twitter: @KGeorgievaEU.

Commissioner for Climate Action Hedegaard will meet with representatives of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) to advance negotiations in the run-up to the next round of international climate negotiations. Besides a series of bilateral meetings, Commissioner Hedegaard hosts an Informal High-level Climate change Roundtable for the Durban Platform on 28 September. She will also take part in the Major Economies Forum on 27 September.  Follow Commissioner Hedegaard on Twitter: @CHedegaardEU.

Commissioner for Development Piebalgs will highlight the leading role of the EU in development. He will participate notably in the Sustainable Energy for All high-level meeting and will present his ideas on addressing food security challenges to the G8 Global Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition. He will participate in a meeting on natural resources and transparency, and at the Scaling-Up Nutrition meeting he will reiterate the EU's commitment to reach at least seven million malnourished children with its development programmes by 2025.  Learn more about Commissioner Piebalgs' program and follow him on Twitter: @APiebalgsEU.

Coverage of these events will be available on EbS.

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EU's priorities for the 67th UNGA session:

EU at UNGA – Storify by European External Action Service:

The President of the European Council at the UN

Press and audio-visual material will be available on the Europa and EEAS websites as well as via EbS.

Press contacts

For President Van Rompuy: Preben AAMANN + 32 476 850 543 preben[dot]aamann[at]european-council[dot]europa[dot]eu(

For President Barroso:  Leonor RIBEIRO DA SILVA +32 (0)2 298 81 55

For EU HR Ashton:  Maja KOCIJANCIC +32 (0)2 298 65 70

For Commissioner Piebalgs:  Catherine RAY +32 (0)2 296 99 21

For Commissioner Georgieva:  David SHARROCK +32 (0)2 296 89 09

For Commissioner Hedegaard:  Isaac VALERO LADRON +32 (0)2 296 49 71

Eamonn PRENDERGAST +32 (0)2 299 88 51

Local contacts

Silvia KOFLER +1 202 415 6015 silvia[dot]kofler[at]eeas[dot]europa[dot]eu(silvia[dot]kofler[at]eeas[dot]europa[dot]eu)

Christopher MATTHEWS +1 917 459 0570 christopher[dot]matthews[at]eeas[dot]europa[dot]eu(christopher[dot]matthews[at]eeas[dot]europa[dot]eu) 

Kasper ZEUTHEN +1 202 236 5394 kasper[dot]zeuthen[at]eeas[dot]europa[dot]eu(kasper[dot]zeuthen[at]eeas[dot]europa[dot]eu) 

  • Ref: EU12-305EN
  • EU source: European Union
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  • Date: 24/9/2012

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