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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.

Welcome to the website of the Slovenian Presidency of the EU at the United Nations in New York.

Slovenia’s Presidency begins on 1 January 2008 and lasts for six months, ending on 30 June 2008. In our work, we will be principally guided by the 18-month Programme of the German, Portuguese and Slovenian Presidencies and the inherited agenda of the Council of the EU. The priority areas of the Slovenian Presidency will be the Future of Europe and Reform Treaty, Lisbon Strategy, Climate Change and Energy, Western Balkans (and enlargement) and Intercultural Dialogue.

The EU will continue to work effectively in support of global peace and stability, in particular through cooperation with the UN. To this end, the EU will continue to work in support of an effective multilateral system based on international law and on the United Nations Charter. We will work for the continued active participation of the EU in multilateral fora and promote multilateral solutions to common problems.

Looking at the coming months, it is immediately apparent that we, at the United Nations, have a very eventful semester ahead of us. The EU will continue to work in support of the reform process of the United Nations System and efforts aimed at System-Wide Coherence. We will also seek to move forward on the all-important issue of Climate Change, one of EU’s foremost priorities, set to figure prominently on the UN’s agenda over the coming period. The EU will continue to devote great care to Development, the Fight against Poverty and the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals, as well as the promotion of Human Rights and Human Security. Beyond these, there will indeed be a host of other important issues requiring our attention, ranging from the Peacekeeping budget, Terrorism and the Rule of Law to Peacebuilding and Intercultural dialogue, to name just a few.

Clearly, the need and opportunity for close cooperation will abound. The EU stands ready to work closely with our partners at the United Nations and looks forward to engage the common challenges before us.

For additional information regarding the Slovenian Presidency of the EU in New York, please visit the website of the Slovenian Mission to the United Nations, where you will find Press Releases and Presidency Statements, as well as the Slovenian mission directory and other relevant information. Please also visit the official website of the Slovenian Presidency of the EU 2008 at www.eu2008.si/en for a wide range of information related to the Presidency. We hope you will find these resources useful.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need further information on the activities of the EU at the United Nations.

Ambassador Sanja Štiglic
Permanent Representative


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