European Union External Action

UN Day: Statement by the High Representative Josep Borrell

Brussels, 24/10/2020 - 16:59, UNIQUE ID: 201024_37
Statements by the HR/VP

On 24 October, the European Union turns blue to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the United Nations. We celebrate a moment that turned the course of history: when global powers, in 1945, decided to work together for peace.

The EU and the UN are natural partners. Over the past decades, we have been working hand in hand for peace, dialogue, and cooperation. Together, we promote human rights, the rule of law, sustainable development, health, and fight climate change. We support negotiated diplomatic solutions to conflicts as well as security and stabilisation through our military and civilian missions.

While others turn away, the EU is committed to preserve global cooperation and strengthen multilateral relations with our partners across the globe. The EU will continue to be a pillar of the United Nations, its main contributor and its main supporter, for the sake of our citizens and of the whole world.

History has shown that if we have the courage and the wisdom to work together, we can overcome divisions and are in a stronger position to combat global challenges. 

Through global and coordinated action we can and will overcome the coronavirus pandemic. A strong UN must remain at the heart of our collective efforts to deal with the challenges of the 21st century and lead the world to build back better.

For more information on how the EU has commemorated the 75th UN anniversary:

Video message by the High Representative/Josep Borrell

Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations

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