EU at the UN General Assembly

A busy Ministerial Week at the 71st United Nations General Assembly will come to an end today. On Thursday, the European Union delegation continued its dynamic engagement with participation in a large number of high-level meetings and bilateral conversations. First Vice-President Frans Timmermans had an exchange with Mr George Soros and met with Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop. High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini chaired a ministerial meeting of the Joint Commission on the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA, the so-called Iranian nuclear deal). Read the full remarks here. She also participated in the International Syria Support Group meeting on ministerial level as well as at the ministerial meeting on Libya, and held a large number of bilateral meeting, including with the Foreign Minister of Cuba, Bruno Rodriguez, Special Advisor of the UN Secretary General for Cyprus Espen Barth Eide as well as Foreign Ministers of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Ukraine. Vice-President Kristalina Georgieva and Commissioner Christos Stylianides participated in the event “Beyond the World Humanitarian Summit: advancing the Agenda for Humanity”. Vice-President Georgieva also gave a speech at the International Peace Institute on how institutions can cope in a changing global environment. Commissioner Stylianides addressed a high-level event on South Sudan and an event calling to action on Protection from Gender-based violence in emergencies: Turning world health organisation commitments into action. Commissioner Neven Mimica joined the EU delegation in New York on Thursday, and delivered a speech at the EU hosted event on the EU’s efforts in integrating a youth dimension in preventing and countering violent extremism and at the event on Pathways to zero hunger. Audio-visual coverage of the events can be found on EBS.