The European Union and the United Nations are natural partners in promoting a multilateral and rules-based global governance system. Together, we respond to global crises, threats and challenges that require cooperation and coordination based on universal principles and rules. The EU and the UN champion the need to protect the universality and indivisibility of human rights, the fundamental values of democracy and the rule of law.
“Multilateralism with the United Nations at its core is the most effective way to contribute to global peace, security, human rights and prosperity. It is a pillar of the European Union’s external action”, said the High Representative and Vice President of the EU Commission, Josep Borrell, in his statement to mark the UN Day.
“The very raison d’être of the UN and multilateral cooperation is the belief that we are capable of great things when we work together”, Borrell stressed in a post on his blog dedicated to the opening of the 76th General Assembly, last September.
For the EU, working in partnership is part of our DNA. We have clear strategic priorities on issues that no country can face alone: peace and security, human rights and the rule of law, sustainable development, public health, or climate. Now, we need to advance these priorities multilaterally in a strategic approach, to ensure a safer world and a sustainable, inclusive global recovery, as UN Secretary General Guterres pointed out in the Agenda containing his vision for on the future of global cooperation through an inclusive, networked, and effective multilateralism.
“We owe this to the next generation who will have to deal with the implication of our action or inaction about the future of the UN, the future of the planet – their future”, said HRVP Borrell.
Solutions to increasingly complex global challenges can only come about through more effective multilateral governance and rules-based international cooperation, with the UN at its core. The EU is determined to work towards a reinvigorated and new multilateralism and further strengthen the partnership with the UN, including through the newly established regular EU-UN Leaders’ meetings.
The UN process on Our Common Agenda provides a unique opportunity to transform and upgrade the UN system geared towards these objectives and the EU is determined to play a leading role in its implementation with a view to improving global governance.