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Mother Earth is clearly urging a call to action. Australian wild fires, heat records, oceans filling with plastic and the worst locust invasion in Kenya, as well as a record-breaking Atlantic hurricane season. Now we face COVID -19, a worldwide health pandemic linked to the health of our ecosystem.

The European Union welcomes the Decision adopted today by the 25th Conference of the States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) suspending the voting rights and privileges of the Syrian Arab Republic due to its failure to comply with the Convention. The Decision is a strong message by the international community against impunity for the use of chemical weapons, in compliance with International Law and International Humanitarian Law.

  1. At the invitation of the League of Arab States, the Sixth Meeting of the Libya Quartet was held on 20 April 2021 between the League of Arab States (LAS), the United Nations (UN), the African Union (AU) and the European Union (EU).

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Good afternoon to all of you.

It has been a long, intensive and very useful [Foreign Affairs] Council by video conference, once again. Due to the travel restrictions, the [Foreign Affairs] Ministers have decided to hold this meeting through the plasma.

Josep Borrell, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, announced today senior appointments in the European External Action Service (EEAS):

  1. The African Union (AU), the European Union (EU); Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the United Nations (UN) are highly concerned by the situation in Somalia. In this regard, a virtual meeting was held on 9th April 2021, with participation of Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu, Executive Secretary of IGAD; H.E. Amb. Bankole Adeoye, AU Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security; H.E. Amb. Rita Laranjinha, European Union, Managing Director for Africa; and H.E. Rosemary DiCarlo, United Nations Undersecretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs.

The European Union congratulates Joanna Wronecka on her appointment as Special Coordinator for Lebanon, United Nations Office of the Special Coordinator for Lebanon (UNSCOL). We also take this opportunity to salute the tireless efforts of her predecessor, Ján Kubiš.


29 March 2021, New York -- Statement on behalf of the EU by Ms. Thisvi Ekmektzoglou Newson, First Secretary,
Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations, at the 11th OEWGA -- Item 4

30 March 2021, New York -- Statement on behalf of the European Union by H.E. Mr. Silvio Gonzato, Deputy Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations, at Secretary-General’s Briefing at the UN General Assembly on Syria