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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.

EU Delegations to the United Nations

Summary: The European Union is represented by delegations accredited to UN bodies in Geneva, Paris, Nairobi, New York, Rome, and Vienna. Following the Treaty of Lisbon (2009) granting the EU a single legal status, European Commission delegations became European Union delegations.

EU delegations operate under the authority of the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the Commission, Ms. Federica Mogherini. The HRVP is supported by the External Action Service, which is tasked with working in cooperation with the diplomatic services of the Member States and comprised of officials from relevant departments of the General Secretariat of the Council and of the Commission as well as staff seconded from national diplomatic services of the Member States.

In addition to its coordination role, delegations also serve a reporting function, covering the breadth of the UN agenda or working with Member States on burden sharing. Delegation reports feed into the political agenda in Brussels, which in return creates the framework for operation at the local level.

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