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23 April 2020, New York – Statement by H.E. Mr. Olof Skoog, Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations, at the Security Council Open VTC on the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question

One hour LIVE STREAM event with a unique production of 9 Artists performing for 9 Minutes the 9th of Beethoven on the 9th May. It will be an orchestration of an artistic relay race performing the 9th Symphony by 9 Artists in changing circles. Every artist will perform one after the other in continuation the Ode of Joy. Every artist, from different EU Member States, will be from a different genre in music from classical to pop, jazz, rap, etc. The production is an unique piece of performing the European Anthem which is brought for the first time as an artistic relay race, symbolising the circulation, solidarity, creativity within the European Union. Also part of this performance will be a sign language interpreter.

As we mark half a century of Earth Day, we are faced with two crises: the coronavirus pandemic; and the gradually growing disaster for our climate. We must solve both challenges. The world was not prepared for the novel coronavirus. But we still have time to prepare for the climate crisis in every part of the world.

Annual report on acute food security and nutrition published today
Today an international alliance of UN, governmental, and nongovernmental agencies working to address the root causes of extreme hunger have released a new edition of their annual Global Report on Food Crises.

The coronavirus has not only Europe but the entire global community in its grip and is the world’s common enemy. An enemy we can only defeat with a global approach and cross-border coordination. And while we have to mobilise all our resources to fight the virus at home, now is also the time to look beyond our borders, most specifically at our sister continent Africa and the Southern Neighbourhood, as well as at the Western Balkans, the Middle East, and parts of Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. Because solidarity cannot be an empty word and also because for as long as the virus will not be eradicated everywhere, it will remain a threat to all of us.

9 April 2020, New York - European Union Statement delivered by H.E. Ambassador Olof Skoog, Head of the European Union Delegation to the United Nations, at the briefing by Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed focusing on the United Nations development system's support to the COVID-19 Socio-Economic response

8 April 2020, New York - European Union Statement delivered (via virtual platform) by Ambassador Silvio Gonzato, Deputy Head of the European Union Delegation to the United Nations, at the Ambassadorial-level meeting of the UN Peacebuilding Commission on the impact of COVID-19 on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace

High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell held a phone call with the Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, on 8 April 2020. The call focused on the severe global impact of the coronavirus pandemic and, in particular, its effect in the most vulnerable parts of the world.