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I have the honor to speak on behalf of the European Union and its Member States.
The Candidate Countries Republic of North Macedonia*, Montenegro*, Serbia*and Albania*, the country of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidate Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the EFTA country Liechtenstein - member of the European Economic Area, as well as Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova, and Georgia align themselves with this statement.
For now 74 years, the UN Charter has not only served as the legal basis of this organisation but also as an enduring symbol of multilateral cooperation and the rules-based international order. Written at the end of the darkest days in the history of mankind, the Charter represented new hope for the peoples of the United Nations.
The European Union and its Member States, whose founders sought to bring together countries devastated and divided by war, share with the UN the strong will to promote a global agenda that works towards peace, respect for human rights and development for all – the 3 pillars of this organisation.
Our strategic partnership with the UN is more vibrant and vital than ever, and the EU and its Member States are determined to further strengthen the cooperation with this organisation.
Amidst various major crises and pressing global challenges – from the conflicts in Syria and Yemen to climate change -, we continue to engage together as positive forces for change, aimed at renewing our full commitment to multilateralism and a rules-based global order.
It is during these challenging times that our support towards achieving stability, prosperity and a safer and better world for all is more needed than ever. The UN can count on the EU's continued support - not only in view of next year's 75th anniversary but also beyond.
Next year's commemoration shall be a unique opportunity to look back on what has already been achieved and how we collectively – representatives of the UN system together with civil society - can build on these achievements to shape the 'Future we want, the UN we need'.
I thank you.
* Republic of North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Albania continue to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process.