EU at UN General Assembly: Full day of activities

On the first full day of events and bilateral meetings at the 72nd UN General Assembly ministerial week on Monday in New York, First Vice-President Timmermans addressed the World Economic Forum Sustainable Development Impact Summit, highlighting the importance of education, as well as the high-level launch event of the Equal Pay International Coalition, where he underlined the need of empowering women through education and ensuring undifferentiated treatment of girls and boys from birth. He further had an interactive discussion on democracy and media at Columbia University. High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini took part in the ministerial meeting of the like-minded group on Syria, hosted by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. She also attended a high level meeting on the G5 Sahel, organised by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, and spoke at the Ad-hoc Liaison Committee for Palestine together with Commissioner Johannes Hahn. She chaired an informal meeting of EU Foreign Ministers who were joined by the UN Special Representative of the Secretary General for Libya Ghassan Salamé; Commissioner Hahn also participated. Commissioner Neven Mimica hosted a meeting of the Scaling up Nutrition Movement Lead Group and addressed the UN Private Sector Forum 2017 on the financing of the 2030 Agenda. Commissioner Chrystos Stylianidesdelivered a speech on Hurricane Irma and spoke at an event on Rebuilding Shattered Lives and Communities: Chibok and Yazidi Girls and Women, where he pointed out that women and girls are the most vulnerable people in conflicts and crises. As the leader of the global initiative on gender-based violence protection, the EU is dedicating more than €200 million per year in humanitarian aid to related healthcare. Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos underlined the important need for a global approach on cybersecurity at a high-level event on the role and responsibilities of private actors in strengthening the stability and international security of cyberspace. The EU’s agenda at #UNGA on Tuesday will be dominated by further multilateral and a high number of bilateral meetings as well as the annual EU event, this year dedicated to the Erasmus programme.