2 June 2016, New York – Statement on behalf of the European Union and its Member States delivered by Ms. Kathrin Löber, First Secretary, Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations, at the General Assembly informal consultations on the modalities and organizational arrangements of the high-level plenary meeting to address large movements of refugees and migrants
Excellencies, distinguished delegates, ladies and gentlemen,
I have the honor to speak on behalf of the European Union and its Member States.
Let me start by thanking the co-facilitators for having successfully led the discussion on the modalities of the 19 September high-level meeting. We have come a long way and we are positive that we will finish these negotiations soon.
At the same time, this should not keep us from starting to engage in substantive discussions on the outcome document. We are six weeks away from our closing date and it is time to start moving beyond the modalities. On the 19 September we need to deliver a comprehensive and ambitious political declaration. We are looking forward to engaging into this discussion.
We would like to thank the co-facilitators for providing us with this elements paper, which is a good basis for further discussion. While we need more time to discuss and coordinate our position on the elements paper, as well as the global compacts, possible follow-up to the high-level meeting and other elements, we would like to highlight some issues:
Firstly, we are fully supportive of a political declaration which should be concise and framed in easily understood terms.
Secondly, we agree that the document needs to carefully balance the way in which it addresses migrants and refugees. We have stressed this throughout our interventions and we think that there is a general agreement within the UN Membership to do so.
Thirdly, we consider that our negotiations must be framed in a common understanding that management of mixed migratory flows is a global responsibility, which calls for collective commitments and solutions. It requires countries of origin, transit and destination to forge genuine partnerships, on the basis of enhanced mutual support and solidarity, and an equitable and balanced responsibility-sharing within the international community.
Allow me to conclude by thanking you again for providing us with this elements paper and for moving the process forward into the discussion of the political declaration, which will direct our debate on migration and refugees for some time to come. The international community has an obligation to address this shared challenge and opportunity. We have full confidence that you will guide us towards a comprehensive and ambitious outcome by the end of July. We look forward to keeping our active and constructive engagement.
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