EU Commissioner Ferrero-Waldner to Visit New York and UN
To underline the European Unions (EU) support for United Nations (UN) reform, and to discuss the steps towards a successful UN Summit in September, EU External Relations and Neighborhood Policy Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner will visit New York on June 3, 2005, where she will meet with a number of UN representatives, including UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, and President of the UN General Assembly, Jean Ping.
Commented the Commissioner before departing for New York: The Commission is actively involved in the current discussion on UN reform: In every contact with partners I am working to help build consensus. The Summit is a unique opportunity to bring about effective responses in the field of development, security and human rights. I look forward to discussing in particular proposals for a Peace-building Commission and for a Human Rights Council.
While in New York, Commissioner Ferrero-Waldner will also address the International Peace Academy on EU Support for Effective Multilateralism: Working Towards a Successful September UN Summit.
Prior to New York, Commissioner Ferrero-Waldner will be in Washington, DC, for high-level meetings with the US Administration, most notably the EU-US Ministerial Troika on June 2nd, where the US will be represented by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Deputy Secretary for Homeland and Security Michael Jackson. The agenda will focus on the preparation of the forthcoming EU-US summit on June 20th, and on a number of key international issues, inter alia, Sudan (and Darfur), Lebanon, Israel-Palestine, the broader Middle East, Russia and Eurasia. It will also provide an opportunity to review preparations for the International Conference on Iraq, International Conference on Iraq, which the US State Department and the European Union formally announced today and will co-host in Brussels on June 22, 2005 .
Before departing DC for New York on the evening of June 2nd, Commissioner Ferrero-Waldner will participate in an EU Troika meeting with Iraq, represented by Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshiyar Zebari, both on the International Conference and on the current situation in Iraq.
Discussions at the UN on Friday will concentrate on the proposals for reform advanced by UNSG Annan and on the preparation for the September Summit. Commissioner Ferrero-Waldner will stress the Commissions support for proposal for a Peace-building Commission: as a major donor and contributor to peace-building with global outreach, the EU has an important contribution to make to its work. The Commission is also a firm supporter of the proposed Human Rights Council, which has the potential to give the UN Human Rights Machinery new credibility and efficiency. And by deciding upon an impressive package on development last week, the EU has demonstrated how committed it is achieve the Millennium Development Goals. She will underline the need for other countries to follow this example.
For more information on Commissioner Ferrero-Waldners visit to New York, or to arrange a possible press opportunity, please contact Christopher Matthews at (212) 401-0134.