Promoting more effective multilateral governance and a United Nations fit for the 21st century is at the heart of the annual EU priorities at the United Nations adopted today by the Foreign Affairs Council. The world no longer looks like it did when the UN was founded 75 years ago. To remain legitimate, the UN-centred multilateral system must show that international co-operation can improve the lives of citizens around the world. The process initiated with the adoption of the political declaration at the occasion of the high-level meeting to commemorate the UN’s 75th anniversary in September 2020 provides a unique opportunity to transform and upgrade the UN system geared towards fulfilling the Sustainable Development Goals and advancing “Our Common Agenda” together.
Building back better and greener, strengthening health systems and ensuring safe and fair access to vaccines, promoting peace and security and human rights as well as fighting climate change and biodiversity loss and shaping the global digital agenda are the EU’s strategic priorities for the coming year. The EU and its Member States will continue to bring global actors together to advance these priorities multilaterally, in order to ensure a safer and more stable world and a sustainable, inclusive global recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The EU aims to build stronger, more diverse and inclusive partnerships with all relevant stakeholders and to be a driving force behind a truly inclusive, networked multilateralism.