EU@UNGA74 on Tuesday
This morning First Vice-President Frans Timmermans and High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini will join President of the European Council Donald Tusk at the opening of the General Debate of the 74th UN General Assembly in New York. In the afternoon, First Vice-President Frans Timmermans, together with Commissioner Neven Mimica, will represent the EU at the UN Summit on Sustainable Development Goals after the adoption of the 2030 Agenda in 2015. The First Vice-President will deliver a speech between 16:00 – 17:00 local time, 22:00 – 23:00 CET. During the day, EU representatives will attend a series of high-level events and bilateral meetings. The High Representative/Vice-President will meet with permanent and non-permanent EU Member States present at the UN Security Council for a breakfast meeting (07:30 local time, 13:30 CET). Together with Commissioner Christos Stylianides she will host a new edition of the traditional side event on Syria, showcasing the EU’s commitment to finding a political solution in Syria and address its regional challenges (13:30 local time, 19:30 CET). As highlighted in the latest tracking report published on Monday, the EU has already contributed 92% of the pledges made for funding in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria for 2019. In the margins of the UN Summit on the SDGs, Commissioner Neven Mimica will hold a press conference together with representatives of the ACP countries on the Joint ACP-EU Declaration on the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda (UN Press Briefing room, 14:00 local time – 20:00 CET). Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis will participate in the 2019 Champions Strategy Meeting Breakfast on Food waste. Commissioner Karmenu Vella will participate in two Ocean events: the Ocean, Freshwater and Marine Ecosystem Hub event (09:00 local time, 15:00 CET) and the high-level event The Oceans in a changing climate (16:00 local time, 22:00 CET). He will also take part in the Champions for Nature meeting organised by the World Economic Forum (11:00 local time, 17:00 CET). This continues to showcase the EU’s commitment as also demonstrated on Monday at the UN Climate Summit and its margins, where Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete met with China’s Special Representative on Climate Change Xie Zhenhua to underline the joint commitment to implement the Paris Agreement and the Montreal protocol (see the full readout of the meeting here). Later in the evening on Tuesday, First Vice-President Timmermans, High Representative/Vice-President Mogherini and Commissioners present in New York will attend the traditional EU Reception. Audio-visual coverage of all these engagements will be available on EbS.