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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.

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Mr. President, 

I have the honour to speak on behalf of the European Union and its Member States.

The Acceding Country Croatia*, the Candidate Countries Turkey, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*, Montenegro* and Serbia*, the Countries of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidates Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as the Republic of Moldova and Georgia, align themselves with this declaration.

We would like to start by thanking you for organizing today’s important meeting on the role and the authority of the GA. 

In this connection, we reiterate the EU and its Member States position regarding our commitment to efforts aimed at strengthening the role and the authority of the GA, in line with the Charter and the relevant resolutions, and based on realistic assessment and effective use of available funding.

As stated on former occasions, we remain of the view that these efforts should underpin the General Assembly through revitalization of its work and through making its work more effective. This certainly adds in our view to the broader list of efforts aimed at the United Nations reform.

We believe that the most important aspects related to the role and the authority of the GA are accurately described under the relevant section of resolution 66/294 and its implementation remains important as it is the case for all resolutions of the General Assembly.

Speaking on the more practical terms, we are in support of thematic debates, ideally upon previous consultations with Member States, and focused on – where appropriate – result oriented outcomes. To this end, we have been referring previously to the recommendation of the Ad Hoc Working Group that at the beginning of each session, the General Committee, following recommendations from the President of the General Assembly, shall recommend to the Assembly a programme of, and format for, interactive debates on the items on its agenda. We remain of the view that the interrelation of the thematic and interactive debates is an area that the Ad Hoc Working Group could explore further.

For the matter of consistency, we would like to repeat also another argument of ours, namely qualitative rather then quantitative approach to High-Level events. Without entering into a possibly long list of arguments with this regard, we would like to underline that it would be most useful in our view, if the invitations to such results-oriented events were preceded by  the coordination of the scheduling of them, in particular of those events which are being scheduled near the general debate.

Mr. President,

The interaction between the GA and international or regional fora and organizations dealing with global matters of concern to the international community remains of high importance. In this regard we support dialogue between the United Nations and the G20 with a view to promoting a strongly cooperative, multidimensional approach to globalization. The participation of President Barroso as keynote speaker during the thematic debate organised by the PGA on “the UN and Global Economic Governance” confirms our commitment to increased multilateralism, cooperation and coherence. During the meeting President Barroso stressed that the EU was doing its part to move the G20 agenda forward including its outreach with developing countries and stronger interaction with the UN.

We also welcome and support efforts aimed at increasing visibility and transparency of the General Assembly’s work, in particular, through increased interaction with the civil society, non-governmental organizations and the private sector. We are of the view that an outreach towards the “outside world” will undoubtedly contribute to strengthening the GA’s role and its perception.

Finally, in the context of further improvement of information sharing, briefings by the President of the General Assembly on his recent activities, including official travels continue to be an appreciated practice that serves from our perspective as a valuable source of information and transparency for the broad Membership.   

I thank you.

* Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia continue to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process.

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