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

The EU at the UN

14/09/2020 - 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 27 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 24% of its regular budget and 24% of its peacekeeping budget. Collectively, we remain 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.

For the 75th UN General Assembly, the EU will focus on key priorities such as human rights and gender equality, promoting peace and security, building a fair globalisation, accelerating the global transition towards sustainable and climate-neutral future, and leading the transition to a new digital world. Preserving the humanitarian space and ensuring respect for international humanitarian law and humanitarian principles will remain equally important for the EU.

See also: EU priorities at the United Nations and the 75th United Nations General Assembly