European Union External Action

Foreign ministers adopt EU priorities for UN General Assembly

18/07/2019 - 13:17

Recognising the importance of the United Nations at the core of effective multilateralism, the EU and its member states will focus on three mutually reinforcing priorities at the 74th session of the General Assembly of the UN: 1. Conflict prevention, peace and security, 2. A common positive agenda, 3. Engagement on global challenges like climate change.

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International cooperation based on rules with the United Nations at its core – multilateralism - is the centre of the European Union's approach to international relations. The EU believes that international cooperation is the best way to tackle challenges.

The EU's engagement for a more peaceful, cooperative and just world rests on common values - peace, democracy, human rights, the rule of law, gender equality, sustainable development - as well as the EU's profound commitment to effective multilateralism.

On Monday 15th July EU foreign ministers agreed on the EU's priorities at the 74th UN General Assembly which will open on 17th September this year. They complement the Council conclusions on strengthening multilateralism adopted in June this year.

In recent years, the EU has intensified its engagement as a global player and is translating multilateralism into action. In the current global context, the EU seeks to reaffirm the added value and relevance of the UN, and to prove that it delivers benefits to people around the world. The EU will continue to work with and support the United Nations, as part of its efforts to promote, develop and reform the rules-based international order.

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