Boosting Multilateralism: President Juncker and a high-level EU delegation at the 73rd United Nations General Assembly Ministerial week
President Jean-Claude Juncker will be in New York next week for the 73rd United Nations General Assembly, with a high-level delegation from the European Union. EU representatives will host and participate in a large number of events and meet with world leaders, underlining the European Union’s steadfast commitment to a strong and effective United Nations, and building support for multilateralism and a rules-based global order.
As President Juncker said in his 2018 State of the Union Speech on 12 September: “Europe will never be a fortress, turning its back on the world or those suffering within it. Europe is not an island. It must and will champion multilateralism. The world we live in belongs to all and not a select few.” President Juncker and High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini will kick-off the week on Sunday 23 September, with a bilateral meeting with UN Secretary General António Guterres, reconfirming the strategic EU-UN partnership. Together, they will also meet with African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat to discuss how to take forward the work of the innovative EU-UN-AU trilateral cooperation. On Monday 24 September, President Juncker will address the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit –a high-level meeting on global peace in honour of the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela. On Tuesday 25 September President Juncker, First Vice-President Frans Timmermans and HR/VP Mogherini will join the President of the European Council Donald Tusk for the opening of the 73rd General Assembly. President Juncker will also have a series of bilateral meetings, including with Mr Uhuru Kenyatta, President of Kenya; Mr Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda and Chairperson of the African Union, and Mr Mamuka Bakhtadze, Prime Minister of Georgia. The EU will be hosting a number of flagship events in the margins of the General Assembly, and EU representatives will have a full agenda of high-level debates and side events, as well as numerous bilateral meetings. For more details on the agenda, see the full press release here. Press and audio-visual material will be available on EbS, EEAS, Europa and Consilium websites. For more information on EU–UN relations, see the factsheet here.