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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.

Mr. President,

I have the honour to speak on behalf of the European Union.

I would like to express to you and to the Chilean colleagues who have assisted you the gratitude of the EU for the outstanding job you have done in such difficult circumstances.

I would also like to convey to all the bureau members, to the Secretariat, to the interpreters and to the technicians our appreciation for their work and dedication.

Mr. President,

We have been able to work together in a good atmosphere throughout the three substantive sessions of the Open-ended Working Group.

Nevertheless, we all recognize that further work is needed in the process of generating critical mass of support for an SSOD IV, an endeavor that will continue to require input and contributions from all quarters.

The European Union will continue to play its role with an open mind and a positive attitude, believing strongly in the development of an effective multilateral system and a rules-based international order, and guided by the European Security Strategy, by the EU Strategy against the proliferation of WMD´s and by its widely known positions and priorities in the realm of disarmament and non-proliferation.

On different occasions during the current GA session, the EU has already had the opportunity to share its positions and priorities with the wider membership in greater detail.

Delegations will recall that among those priorities, the holding of a successful review cycle of the NPT, the negotiation of an FMCT at the Conference on Disarmament, the elaboration of a comprehensive legally binding Arms Trade Treaty, the promotion of the entry into force of the CTBT and the negotiation of a legally binding instrument addressing the humanitarian concerns of cluster munitions that cause unacceptable harm to civilians all feature prominently.

Thank you, Mr. President.

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