23 September 2016, Brussels/New York – A high level delegation of the European Union travelled to New York this week to participate in the UN Summit on refugees and migrants on 19 September, and in this year’s UN General Assembly Ministerial week, from 20 to 29 September, when they joined hundreds of other world leaders.
First Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans and High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini joined the President of the Council, Donald Tusk in New York on 18 September for the annual ‘Ministerial Week’. Additional participants in high-level meetings at the UN and in New York City included European Commission Vice-President Kristalina Georgieva, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis, Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos, and Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides.
At the UN summit on large movements of refugees and migrants, European Council President Tusk spoke on behalf of the EU, advocating for global shared responsibility and the need to move towards Global Compacts in the follow-up to the Summit. The European Union plays an active role in addressing the global migration and refugee challenges, as well as the root causes of migration, on the basis of its new Partnership Framework approach and supported by the European External Investment Plan. First Vice-President Timmermans, High Representative/Vice-President Mogherini and Commissioners Hahn and Avramopoulos also participated and presented the EU’s approach at different round tables at the Summit. Read the press pack: EU action on migration management and the Investment Plan.
Find the conversation on Twitter: #UNGA #UN4RefugeesMigrants
First Vice-President Timmermans joined President Tusk, alongside High Representative/Vice-President Mogherini on Tuesday morning for the opening of the General Assembly Debate. They were also present when President Tusk addressed the General Assembly on Wednesday morning.
Over the course of the UN General Assembly week (20-23 September) the HR/VP Mogherini hosted an informal EU Foreign Ministers meeting and held a number of meetings, including the Global Counter Terrorism Forum ministerial meeting, the Ministerial Meeting on Libya and the Quartet principals meeting. The HR/VP also held more than two dozen bilateral meetings, attended the Transatlantic dinner hosted by US Secretary of State John Kerry and attended a number of side-events including the Partnership group on Myanmar. She closed the week with a speech at Columbia University presenting the European Union Global Strategy.
European Commission First VP Timmermans attended a high-level event to mark the anniversary of the adoption of Agenda 2030. A global effort by states, non-state actors, civil society and the private sector is required to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, and the European Union is committed to do its part, both internally and as part of the EU’s external action. He also spoke at the Concordia Summit: Strategic Dialogue on the Future of Europe.
Learn more about HR/VP Mogherini’s activities and follow her on Twitter: @FedericaMog and @eu_eeas
See President Tusk’s schedule for the week and follow him: @eucopresident and FVP Timmermans: @TimmermansEU
On 21 September, Commissioner Arias Cañete represented the EU at the High-level event on the entry into force of the Paris Agreement, hosted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The EU is committed to implementing the Paris Agreement, starting with ratification, and to providing the necessary financial and technical assistance to developing countries, in support of the transition towards global low-carbon and resilient economies. Commissioner Arias Cañete also attended a number of high-level meetings on energy and climate and had a number of bilateral meetings. Follow conversation on Twitter: #ParisAgreement
Vice-President Georgieva took part on 22 September in the high level event Beyond the World Humanitarian Summit: Advancing the Agenda for Humanity. There, she presented the follow-up on the recommendations of the High-Level Panel on Humanitarian Financing that she co-chaired upon invitation of the UN Secretary-General. She also spoke about the Future of the European Union at the Concordia Summit Event and took part in several high-level events throughout the week.
The same day, Commissioner Andriukaitis represented the EU at the high-level meeting on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in view of the adoption of the Political Declaration on AMR by the UN General Assembly.
EU Special Representatives Stavros Lambrinidis (Human Rights), Franz-Michael Mellbin (Afghanistan), Fernando Gentilini (Middle East Peace Process), Alexander Rondos (Horn of Africa) and Angel Losada Fernandez (Sahel) also be participated in high level meetings throughout the week. Rear Admiral Enrico Credendino, Force Commander of EUNAVFOR Med Operation Sophia, joined the discussion on migration.
EU Side Events
On Monday, 19 September, HR/VP Mogherini and Vice-President Georgieva hosted a key European Union side event on the European External Investment Plan that the European Commission presented on 14 September: “Investing in partnership: A new investment plan to address root causes of migration and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.” They were joined by Mr Stefano Manservisi, Director General of DG DEVCO Development and Cooperation, as well as Nigerian Foreign Minister H.E. Mr Geoffrey Onyeama and H.E. Mr Imad N. Fakhoury, Minister for Planning and International Cooperation of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Catch up on Twitter using #investGlobal and #SDGs
On Wednesday, 21 September, Commissioner Stylianides addressed the joint side event on the Humanitarian situation in Iraq, co-hosted by the European Union, the United States, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Iraqi Government, the Organisation of Islamic Countries and the United Nations.
Commissioner Mimica spoke at the side event hosted by the EU, Belgium and Jordan on the EU’s efforts in integrating a youth dimension in preventing and countering violent extremism on Thursday, 22 September.
A number of other side events on relevant issues under discussion at the United Nations were organised by other partners, including EU Member States.
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