EU at the United Nations’ General Assembly – Day 1

Ahead of today’s UN Summit on large movements of refugees and migrants as well as a busy Ministerial Week of the 71st United Nations General Assembly in New York City, First Vice-President Frans Timmermans met on Sunday, together with the President of the European Council Donald Tusk, the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. In their discussions they underlined the need to enhance global responsibility sharing to better manage the migration challenge. They also discussed the need to combat climate change and the strong commitment of the EU to the Paris Agreement. Vice-President Kristalina Georgieva participated in the event co-hosted by Estonia, the Council of Europe and UNICEF “Carry a light for every child on the move – a right to be safe, a right to a home”. The work in New York City will continue today when the high-level European Union delegation will participate in the High Level Meeting on large movements of refugees and migrants – including First Vice-President Timmermans, High Representative/Vice-President Mogherini, as well as Commissioners Hahn and Avramopoulos. The EU is also hosting a side event Investing in partnership: the new investment plan to address root causes of migration and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, where High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini and Vice-President Georgieva will speak.