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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.

Background on the Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations in New York

In 2014, the EU Delegation in New York filed more than 1,270 reports on UN meetings, activities and side events.  Each year, the premises host more than 1,300 coordination meetings with Member States to promote a more coherent decision-making process so when EU and its Member States speak at the UN – delivering more than 200 statements annually – they do so with one voice.

Led by H.E. Mr. João Vale de Almeida, Ambassador, Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations, the New York Delegation, comprised of about 60 EU officials and local agents, is structured into sections, such as Political Affairs and Security Council, Economic, Trade and Development, and Humanitarian Affairs, etc., which roughly mirror the six main committees of the UN as well as the Security Council and ECOSOC.

In addition to its coordination and reporting roles, the delegation welcomes numerous student groups for briefings throughout the year, arranges programmes and platforms for high-level EU visitors and provides speakers on EU-related topics to think tanks.  The delegation also disseminates information about the EU’s policies to a broader audience via its website and social media accounts.

EU Delegation in New York: Brief History

Since it was founded in 1964, the EU Delegation in New York has grown from an office with a handful of officials to a dedicated staff of more than five dozen.

The European Commission’s original information office in New York officially became a delegation to the UN on 11 October 1974, when it was granted observer status at the 29th General Assembly by Resolution 3208. The European Community thus became the first entity other than a state to enjoy permanent observer status. In 1994 an EU Council Liaison Office was established with the UN to serve as a support structure for the Common and Foreign Security Policy (CFSP).  Since the Treaty of Lisbon’s entry into force on 1 December 2009, the European Commission Delegation and EU Council Liaison Office merged into the European Union Delegation.

H.E. Ambassador João Vale de Almeida, appointed 16 October 2015, is the second Head of the European Union Delegation to the United Nations in New York.

  • Ref: DELNY15-003EN
  • EU source: European Union
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  • Date: 16/10/2015

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