Delegation of the European Union
to the United Nations - New York

The EU at the UN

10/09/2019 - 15:51
Relations with International Organisations and Fora

The European Union works closely with the numerous United Nations bodies to promote international peace, human rights and development.

The EU Delegation to the United Nations in New York coordinates with the 28 EU countries to ensure they speak with one voice.

The Delegation enjoys enhanced observer status at the UN. This allows the EU to present common positions, make interventions, present proposals and participate in the UN’s general debate every September.

The EU also works closely with the UN Secretariat and its agencies, funds and programmes on a range of global issues, including:

  • sustainable development
  • human rights
  • climate change
  • peace building & conflict prevention
  • humanitarian assistance.

Together the EU and its member countries provide the UN with 30 % of its regular budget and 33 % of its peacekeeping budget. Collectively, they are the UN’s largest financial contributor.

Setting priorities

Each summer, the EU adopts its Priorities for the UN General Assembly, which guides the Delegation’s work for the coming year.

The EU's engagement for a more peaceful, cooperative and just world rests on common values - peace, democracy, human rights, the rule of law, gender equality, sustainable development - as well as the EU's profound commitment to effective multilateralism.

In recent years, the EU has intensified its engagement as a global player and is translating multilateralism into action. In the current global context, the EU seeks to reaffirm the added value and relevance of the UN, and to prove that it delivers benefits to people around the world. The EU will continue to work with and support the United Nations, as part of its efforts to promote, develop and reform the rules-based international order.

Recognising the importance of the United Nations at the core of effective multilateralism, the EU and its member states will focus at the 74th session of the General Assembly of the United Nations on three mutually reinforcing priorities: 1. Conflict prevention, peace and security, 2. A common positive agenda, 3. Engagement on global challenges.

See also: EU priorities at the United Nations and the 74th United Nations General Assembly