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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Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will deliver his first State of the Union speech before the European Parliament on Wednesday 9 September at 9:00 am. President Juncker will focus on the big challenges Europe is facing, which of course includes the current refugee crisis.
2 September 2015, Brussels - Today the European Commission has adopted a Communication 'Towards the World Humanitarian Summit: A global partnership for principled and effective humanitarian action'. The Communication sets out the EU's strategic vision for reshaping humanitarian action ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit in 2016.
The underlying message is to build and reinforce global partnerships to advance towards the common objectives of saving lives, preventing and alleviating suffering and maintaining human dignity.
1 September 2015, Brussels - Speaking to ministers at the GLACIER conference in Anchorage, Mr Vella emphasised the EU's strong commitment to ensuring the Arctic region's sustainable development while safeguarding its fragile environment. Research could play a particular role in this regard, he said, noting that the EU had earmarked 40 million euros for 2016-2017 to promote research in and on the Arctic region.