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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.

13 October 2016, Brussels – Letter from European Council President Donald Tusk to António Guterres, next United Nations Secretary-General

161013_Tusk ltr to GuterresExcellency,

I learned with great satisfaction that today the General Assembly has endorsed you, a European, as the next Secretary General of the United Nations.

I wish to reiterate once again that the European Union, as a staunch supporter of effective multilateralism in international affairs, will do its utmost to support you in your new capacity. For us, the United Nations is and will remain a core institution in the multilateral system based on the values and principles that we defend, on the respect of international law, democracy , human rights and peace.

I look forward to working closely with you on a number of global issues , in particular on promoting global responsibility and burden sharing in the context of the recent unprecedented waves of migration and refugees; on terrorism ; climate change as well as on peace and security.

I will be pleased to meet you at your earliest convenience.

16-10-13-SGS16 08777-UN-Letter President Tusk-Secretary General Designate

  • Ref: CL16-1013
  • EU source: Council
  • UN forum:
  • Date: 13/10/2016

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