The EU must strengthen its role in the United Nations by becoming more effective, coherent and strategic

Author: Lucian Goleanu

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Today the European Parliament adopted its position concerning the EU priorities at the 75th and 76th United Nations General Assembly focusing on human rights and gender equality, promoting peace and security, building a fair globalisation, accelerating the global transition towards sustainable and climate-neutral future, and leading the transition to a new digital world.

Renew Europe MEP, Soraya Rodríguez Ramos (Ciudadanos, Spain), EP rapporteur on this matter, recalled the need to advance the reform of several UN bodies, in particular the UN Security Council and the UN Human Rights Council. The rapporteur also called on the European Council to seize the opportunity of the new US Administration and to pursue further the good track record of close dialogue and cooperation with the United Kingdom as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated existing inequalities and has brought together citizens, governments, and international organisations face-to-face with our greatest vulnerabilities.

More than ever, the world needs effective multilateralism, with the United Nations at the centre, as an indispensable universal forum for consensus-building. The EU and the United Nations share common values and a common project. The EU has the potential to lead the defence of a rules-based order. But to do so, the Council needs to make greater efforts to speak with one voice and enable our foreign policy to be more effective, coherent and strategic.

We need a foreign policy that is equal to the challenges ahead. We need to deliver and rebuild the transatlantic relationship, while strengthening ties with other like-minded countries to work together for the future we believe in.

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