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


EU Statement – United Nations General Assembly: First meeting related to the Commemoration of the UN's 75th Anniversary

New York, 08/04/2019 - 20:27, UNIQUE ID: 190408_20
Statements on behalf of the EU

8 April 2019, New York - Statement on behalf of the European Union and its Member States by Mr. Serge Christiane, Minister Counsellor, Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations, on the occasion of the First meeting of the intergovernmental process related to the Commemoration of the UN's 75th Anniversary

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

I would like to thank the co-facilitators for convening this meeting today and wish them much success in the preparation of this important anniversary.

For almost 75 years, the UN Charter has served as the legal basis of the organisation as well as an enduring symbol of multilateral cooperation. Written at the end of the darkest days in the history of mankind, the Charter represented new hope for the peoples of the United Nations.

The European Union and its Member States, whose founders sought to bring together countries devastated and divided by war, share with the UN the strong will to promote a global agenda that works towards peace, respect for human rights and development for all. Our Strategic Partnership is more vibrant and vital than ever, and the EU and its Member States are determined to further strengthen the cooperation between the United Nations and the European Union.

At a time of unprecedented and pressing global challenges, we continue to engage together as positive forces for change to promote and renew our full commitment to multilateralism and a rules-based global order. The EU is committed to work closely with the UN towards achieving stability, prosperity and a safer and better world for all.

The celebration of the UN's 75th Anniversary is a unique opportunity to look back on what has already been achieved and how we can build on these achievements to overcome the challenges we face for the multilateral system in general and the UN in particular, with a view towards further strengthening this organization.

Dear co-facilitators,

Referring to your letter dated 27 March, we would like to stress that we are open to discuss the modalities of the commemoration, always bearing in mind the organisation's financial constraints.

The 75th Anniversary should be approached in line with our collective commitment to multilateralism. The occasion should be used to showcase to governments and citizens alike the benefits of multilateralism and of the UN's indispensable role in fostering peace and prosperity in the world. We should also reflect how we can best engage and inspire civil society in the preparation of next year's anniversary and beyond towards jointly tackling current challenges and ensuring progress.

The message that should be given to the global citizens should be simple, straightforward and forward-looking: The UN's founding principles as enshrined in the Charter remain as valid and important today as they were 75 years ago for promoting peace and security, human rights and development –the three pillars of this Organisation.

At the same time, we must not be complacent and must constantly adapt this institution and all its organs, to the world's ever-emerging challenges by further enhancing its effectiveness, transparency, representativeness and accountability.  

Lastly, as regards the resolution to be negotiated, we are of the view that it should be mainly procedural as it has been the case for previous anniversaries to avoid long and contentious debates.

We are obviously ready to discuss any ideas.

I thank you.

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