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A high-level delegation from the European Union will participate in the 77e session of the United Nations General Assembly next week in New York. Ursula, President of the European Commission von der LeyenFrans Executive Vice President TimmermansHigh Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell, and Commissioners Janez Lenarcic and Jutta Urpilainen will host and participate in events and meetings with leaders from around the world, and host a number of high-level bilateral meetings in New York throughout the week.
This year’s session is marked by Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine and its global consequences, which deepen existing geopolitical fractures and crises, such as those caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the aggravation of the global climate emergency. The importance of multilateralism and the defense of a rules-based global order will be particularly highlighted at UNGA77. The great challenges of our time cannot be met by countries acting alone. They must be tackled together.
On Monday 19 September, Commissioner Jutta Urpilainen participate in the Transforming Education Summit, convened by the UN Secretary General, reaffirming the EU’s commitment to put education at the top of the international agenda and to mobilize action to tackle deep inequalities when it comes to access to schools, quality learning and digital connectivity.
Tuesday, the President von der Leyen and High Representative/Vice-President Borrellalongside the President of the European Council Charles Michel, will take part in the opening session of the general debate of the 77e UN General Assembly. President and Executive Vice President Timmermans will represent the EU at the engagement event “Countdown to CBD COP15: Landmark Leaders Event for a Nature Positive World”, co-organized by the EU, renewing the EU’s commitment to reverse biodiversity loss and to combat climate change. President von der Leyen will deliver a video message. Also on Tuesday, President von der LeyenHigh Representative/Vice-President Borrellwith President Michel, will meet the UN Secretary General, António Guterres.
President Michel will make the statement on behalf of the EU on Friday 23 September, accompanied by the High Representative/Vice-President Borrell.
Highlight EU events during the week
The EU will host or co-organise a number of key events on the sidelines of the General Assembly:
- On Tuesday, Executive Vice President Timmermans will co-host a ministerial meeting on finding common ground for an ambitious COP27 outcome, with Barbados, Chile and Germany.
- On Wednesday, Commissioner Janez Lenarcic will co-organize an event on accountability for sexual violence and other violations of international humanitarian law, with Belgium and the DRC.
- Thursday, the commissioner Lenarcic will co-chair the high-level event “Facing a ‘perfect storm’ of humanitarian crises: expanding the resource base and building resilience in the face of exploding needs”, with Indonesia and UNOCHA.
Other high profile events of the week
EU officials will have a busy schedule of high-level debates and side events, as well as numerous bilateral meetings:
- On Monday, Executive Vice President Timmermans deliver a keynote at the World Economic Forum’s discussion on “Accelerating Climate Action through Philanthropy-Private-Public Collaboration”, and participate in discussions on “Reaching Net Zero” and Climate Resilience at the Clinton Global Initiative. High Representative Borrell will participate in the roundtable “From Ukraine to the Americas: Strengthening Recovery from Global Shocks” organized by the Atlantic Council. High Representative Borrell will chair an informal meeting of EU foreign ministers, with Russia’s aggression against Ukraine and EU priorities during the UN General Assembly high-level week leading the way. ‘agenda.
- On Tuesday, September 20, the President von der Leyen will participate in the Christchurch Call Leaders’ Summit, organized by France and New Zealand. On the same day, she will participate in the 2022 Goalkeepers’ Global Goals Award event hosted by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Executive Vice President Timmermans deliver closing remarks at the United Nations Ministerial Meeting on Shaping a Just and Equitable African-led Energy Transition. He will also participate in a ministerial meeting on climate and development, organized by the United Kingdom and Rwanda. High Representative/Vice-President Borrell will bring together the leaders of the Western Balkans for a working lunch. He will represent the EU at the donor conference for the Global Fund for Community Engagement and Resilience, organized by Niger and Switzerland, reaffirming the EU’s commitment to the fight against radicalisation, terrorism and violent extremism. Commissioner Lenarcic will represent the EU at the round table organized by Niger on ensuring the success of girls’ education.
- On Wednesday, September 21, the President von der Leyen will make an announcement at the Global Fund Pledging Conference hosted by President Joe Biden, reaffirming the EU’s unwavering support to the fight against AIDS, TB and Malaria worldwide. Executive Vice President Timmermans participate in the United Nations Global Early Warning Initiative to implement climate adaptation, organized by the World Meteorological Organization. He will also attend the Bloomberg Climate Champions Forum and participate in the informal Leaders’ Roundtable on Climate Action convened by United Nations Secretary-General Guterres.
- On the same day, the High Representative Borrell will represent the EU at the 12e Ministerial plenary meeting of the Global Counterterrorism Forum, co-chaired by Canada and Morocco. He will represent the European Union at a ministerial meeting on international mobilization for development and security in the countries of the Sahel and the Gulf of Guinea, organized by France. He will then take part in a meeting of G7 foreign ministers.
- On Thursday 22 September, the High Representative/Vice-President Borrell will host a ministerial meeting between the EU and the Gulf Cooperation Council, and will participate in a ministerial meeting of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee on Palestine, hosted by Norway. He will then deliver a statement at a meeting of the Group of Friends of Accountability in Ukraine on cooperation for accountability in Ukraine, hosted by Denmark and the Netherlands. He will participate in a dinner-meeting of transatlantic foreign ministers, hosted by the United States.
The agenda of the various EU representatives can be consulted on their websites.
For more information
During the 77e session of the UN General Assembly, the EU will work to uphold the UN Charter and the rule of law, to address the global consequences of Russian aggression against Ukraine, to promote sustainable development and human rights, supporting access to quality education, strengthening global health security, and tackling climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution, as well as shaping the digital agenda global. For more details, see the EU priorities here.
Collectively, the EU and its Member States are the largest financial contributor to the UN system, providing nearly a quarter of the UN’s regular budget.