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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.

About the EU at the UN – EU Delegations to the United Nations
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The European Union is represented by delegations accredited to UN bodies in Geneva, Paris, Nairobi, Rome, and Vienna, in addition to New York.

Geneva is the capital of UN activities in the fields of human rights, humanitarian assistance and disarmament as well as a very important UN center for economic and social affairs, including development issues. It is also the seat of a many UN specialized agencies and other UN bodies. The European Commission (EC) is a major aid donor to many of these organizations. The European Union Delegations in Geneva are active participants in policy discussions at the UN and other international organisations.

Visit the website of the Geneva Delegation to UN and other International Organisations and website of the Geneva Delegation to WTO.

The Nairobi delegation is responsible for bilateral relations with Kenya and Somalia as well as for EU relations with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Centre for Human Settlements (HABITAT). The delegation supports relevant departments in DG Environment and DG Development in engaging in policy dialogue across the range of priority areas covered by UNEP: environmental information, assessment and research, including environmental emergency response capacity and strengthening of early warning and assessment functions; development and development of policy instruments; water; technology transfer and industry; and support to Africa.

Visit the website of the Nairobi Delegation to UNEP, UN Habitat and Kenya.

In Paris, the European Commission, now the European Union, established institutional relations with UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) as early as 1964, with the status of an observer. In 1996, UNESCO and the European Commission concluded a framework agreement harmonising administrative and financial procedures to enhance cooperation in UNESCO’s fields of competence, which include education, culture, human and natural sciences, information society and communication. The volume of UNESCO activities carried out with financial assistance provided by this partnership has practically doubled each year since then.

Visit the website of the Paris Delegation to the OECD and UNESCO.

In Rome, the Delegation of the European Union to the Holy See, to the Order of Malta, and to the United Nations Organisations dates back to 1993, originating in 1991, when the the European Community was accepted as a full member of the FAO, the first time it was recognised as a full voting member by a UN agency. Rome is considered the UN capital for activities in the fields of food and agriculture and hosts the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the World Food Programme (WFP), and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). The three UN organisations are complementary and share a common goal to which Member Nations pledged at the FAO World Food Summit of 1996: the eradication of hunger in the world.

Visit the website of the Rome Delegation to the Holy See, Order of Malta and UN organisations.

The Vienna Delegation was established in 1979 as a Delegation of the European Commission to the International Organisations in Vienna. The entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty gave the European Union a single legal personality and provided for the European Union to succeed the European Community. The Delegation ensures the representation of the European Union and its active participation in matters of specific EU interest at the United Nations Organisations, related bodies or specialized agencies established in Vienna, in particular the IAEA, CTBTO, UNODC, UNIDO, and other International Organisations and arrangements as well as at the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).

Visit the website of the Vienna Delegation to International Organisations.

Learn more about other EU delegations to the UN.


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