President Jean-Claude Juncker, First Vice-President Frans Timmermans and High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini will together with European Council President Donald Tusk attend today the opening of the 73rd UN General Assembly in New York.
In the side-lines, President Juncker, accompanied by Commissioner Hahn, will also hold a bilateral meeting with the Prime Minister of Georgia Mamuka Bakhtadze. In the afternoon, in one of this year’s EU flagship events, First Vice-President Frans Timmermans will host the event ‘Fighting Plastic Pollution: A Global Race to the Top’ with the UN Environment Programme. The event is part of the Commission’s commitment to multilateralism and to the Sustainable Development Goals, and contributes to the implementation of the international dimension of the EU Plastics Strategy (live stream here at 16:00 local time, 22:00 CET). High Representative/Vice-President Mogherini will convene for the second time the Global Tech Panel, bringing together global leaders from the private sector and civil society to foster new types of cooperation between diplomacy and technology. Vice-President Dombrovskis will address a World Economic Forum Summit on Sustainable Development to speak on mobilising capital markets towards ecological resilience. Commissioner Johannes Hahn will meet with Foreign Ministers of the Western Balkans to discuss next steps on regional integration. Commissioner Mimica will participate at an event by the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) on ‘Breaking the cycle between conflict and hunger – working toward Sustainable Peace’. Commissioner Stylianides will discuss gender-responsive Humanitarian Action in the Rohingya Refugee Crisis and address an event on delivering assistance in South Sudan. Commissioner Andriukaitis will have a number of events dedicated to health and will deliver a speech on Circulatory Health at the Harvard Club. EU audio-visual coverage of all these engagements as well as the press events and the bilateral meetings the EU high-level representatives held on Monday in New York and will hold on Tuesday can be found online on EbS.