Today, we have had a meeting - not a Council -, because it was just an informal meeting with the Foreign Ministers of the Member States of the European Union. And we discussed about this busy week here in New York.
You know that the General Assembly of the United Nations is the peak of international diplomacy. And it is also a good moment to be in New York after last year's fully virtual UNGA. We are very happy that this year we could be in person.
A High-level European Union Delegation will attend the 76th United Nations General Assembly next week in New York. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this year EU representatives will host and participate in events and meetings in a hybrid format – in person and virtual - with other world leaders.
The European Union and the United Nations are natural partners. We are the world’s leading proponents and defenders of a multilateral and rules-based global governance system. Together, we respond to global crises, threats and challenges which cannot be addressed by individual nations acting alone, and require cooperation and coordination based on universal values and rules.