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

EU Explanation of Vote: United Nations 2nd Committee: Resolution on Globalization and interdependence

New York, 27/11/2019 - 23:29, UNIQUE ID: 191202_18
Statements on behalf of the EU

27 November 2019, New York – European Union Explanation of Vote delivered by Helge Finland on behalf of the European Union and its Member States at the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly Second Committee, 26th meeting on the Resolution on the Role of the UN in promoting development in the context of globalization and interdependence

Mr. Chair,


I have the honor to speak on behalf of the European Union and its Member States.

The Candidate Countries, the Republic of North Macedonia, Montenegro, and Albania, as well as Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova, and Georgia, align themselves with this statement.

The Member States of the European Union have abstained in the vote on Resolution A/C.2/74/L.26/Rev.1 entitled “Globalization and interdependence:  Role of the United Nations in promoting development in the context of globalization and interdependence”.

Throughout the negotiations, the EU has reiterated our concerns with the formulation "win-win cooperation". We regret that our position is not reflected in the final text submitted by the G77 and China. The EU and its Member States have consistently rejected any reference to “win-win cooperation”, which is a vaguely defined concept that has not been universally agreed on in the context of international relations and multilateralism, and furthermore undermines the internationally agreed principles of development cooperation. In our view, the concept of "win-win cooperation" has changed substantially from when it was agreed in the 2030 Agenda to become a development cooperation tool that calls for mutual economic gains to take precedence over the sustainable developmental needs of the receiving countries.. It therefore undermines the people-centered approach outlined in the 2030 Agenda, which should be the guiding document for our development efforts here at the United Nations and in particular Second Committee.

The EU's position on the inclusion of “win-win co-operation” was made clear from the very beginning of negotiations and, in the spirit of compromise, we proposed alternative language which, regrettably, was rejected.

Counting on constructive cooperation in the future, we call on our partners the G77 and China to reconsider their approach and refrain from including "win-win cooperation" in future resolutions in order to avoid similar situations in which we may not just abstain but may have no other choice but to consider voting against resolutions.  

The EU and its Member States will always engage constructively in negotiations because we truly value consensus. However, consensus should strengthen, rather than erode, the universal rules we have all agreed on.

Mr. Chair,

As we further aim for a revitalized and modernized Second Committee, we regret to see that this resolution invites the President of the General Assembly to consider convening a High Level meeting. The EU and its Member States value the United Nations as a forum for stakeholders to discuss the most pressing global issues.  In the spirit of revitalization, we urge the G77 and China to reconsider the relevance of such meetings. We welcome any future cooperation in this regard.

To conclude, please allow me to extend our gratitude to all colleagues involved in the work on the resolution, the facilitators, the negotiators and the Secretariat.

I thank you, Mr. Chair

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