22 February 2021, New York - Intervention on behalf of the European Union by Mr Koen Doens, Director General of the European Commission's Department for International Cooperation, at the Virtual Africa Regional Review Meeting in preparation for the 5th United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries, Session 1: Ministerial Dialogue: Lessons Learned and Building Back Better.
The Council today adopted conclusions on the EU’s priorities in UN human rights fora in 2021. The conclusions reaffirm the EU’s commitment to respect, protect and fulfil human rights, democracy and the rule of law and to stand united in support of the UN human rights system as a cornerstone of its external action.
18 February 2021, New York – Intervention by Helena Dalli, European Commissioner for Equality at the Economic and Social Council Special Meeting on Reimagining Equality: Eliminating racism, xenophobia and discrimination for all in the decade of action for the SDGs
17 February 2021, New York - Statement on behalf of the European Union and its Member States by Ms. Simona Popan, Counsellor, Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations, at the Special Committee on the Charter of the United Nations and on the Strengthening of the Role of the Organization
17 February 2021, New York - Statement on behalf of the European Union and its Member States by H.E. Mr. Olof Skoog, Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations, at the Security Council VTC Open Debate on the Maintenance of international peace and security: Implementation of resolution 2532 (2020) – Ensuring equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines in contexts affected by conflict and insecurity
In today’s world marked by major geopolitical and economic power shifts, multilateralism is the most effective mean to govern global relations in a way that benefits all. Growing global challenges, such as COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, conflicts and extreme poverty in many parts of the world, make all too evident the need for multilateral cooperation grounded on basic principles of international law and universal values.
In light of these challenges and opportunities, the European Commission and the High Representative are putting forward a set of policy proposals for a new multilateral agenda to deliver for all in today’s complex world.
Today, the Commission and the High Representative put forward a new strategy to strengthen the EU's contribution to rules-based multilateralism. The Joint Communication lays out the EU's expectations of and ambitions for the multilateral system. Today's proposal suggests to make use of all tools at the EU's disposal, including its extensive political, diplomatic and financial support to promote global peace and security, defend human rights and international law, and to promote multilateral solutions to global challenges.
Our world is in a period of transition, marked by major geopolitical and economic power shifts. Emerging players are creating new dynamics. Relations between major powers are increasingly confrontational and unilateralist. Competing visions and agendas on the global order are at play, which challenge established multilateral rules and organisations. Yet growing global challenges call for more multilateral governance and rules-based international cooperation.