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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.

European Union (EU) Employment and Social Affairs Commissioner Anna Diamantopoulou will be in New York on Friday, November 21, 2003 to meet with prominent figures in the diplomatic, business and religious fields.

Among her various appointments, Commissioner Diamantopoulou will meet with UN Secretary General Kofi Annan at 12:50 pm on Friday, where they will discuss human rights and women’s rights in the world, including the situation of women in Afghanistan and Iraq. UN-accredited media interested in the photo opportunity right before the meeting should contact Mr. Kabbaj in the UN press service at (212) 963-6934.

During her New York stay, Commissioner Diamantopoulou will also have a meeting with the US Council for International Business to discuss EU-related labor and social policy issues of interest to the transatlantic and international business community.

She will also meet the Archbishop for North America of the Greek Orthodox Church, as well as representatives of the Greek-American business community, during her visit. For more information on these meetings, please contact Dimitrios Gemelos at the Greek Press Service in New York (212-751-8788).

On the Boston leg of her trip, on Monday, November 24, the Commissioner will address the Minda de Gunzberg Center for European Studies at Harvard University, where she will compare the European and US models of integration and governance.

Press contact: Christopher Matthews (212) 401-0134

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