United Nations General Assembly, New York, 20.-23. September 2022

Program Highlights

The 77th United Nations General Assembly starting on 13 September 2022. The first day of the high-level public debate will be on Tuesday 20 September.

The The President of the European Council, Charles Michel, will address the UN General Assembly on behalf of the EU.

EU priorities at the 77th UN General Assembly

Each year, the Council approves the priorities of the United Nations and the UN General Assembly, which will guide the work of the EU in the following year.

The EU’s priorities for the 77th UN General Assembly (September 2022-September 2023) are:

  • uphold the UN Charter and the rule of law;
  • dealing with the international consequences of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine;
  • promote sustainable development and human rights;
  • facilitate access to quality education;
  • strengthen global health security;
  • combat climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution;
  • set a global digital agenda.

The Council also underlines the need to modernize and reform the United Nations so that it is better equipped to face the challenges and opportunities of the future.

World Conference on Food Security

On September 20, 2022, President Michel will co-chair a World Conference on Food Security together with the Secretary of State of the United States, Antony Blinken, the President of the African Union and the President of Senegal, Macky Sall, and the President of Spain, Pedro Sánchez.

Russia’s unjustified war against Ukraine is exacerbating the world’s food security crisis. The EU and its member states remain united in the face of Russia’s military aggression in Ukraine and are committed to tackling the global food crisis.

The EU countries have established solidarity runners to export essential food products from Ukraine and overcome the Russian blockade of Black Sea ports. Since May 2022, about ten million tons of grain and oilseeds from Ukraine have been exported through these corridors.

Grain shipments across the Black Sea resumed in July 2022 following an agreement brokered by the United Nations according to Black Sea Grains Initiative. To date, more than three million tons of grain and other products have been transported.

The song “Women in conflict”

On September 21, 2022, President Michel will organize the third edition of “Women in Conflict”, which will focus on voices of young women activists and leaders working in conflict or post-conflict areas.

This event will bring together survivors, activists, policy makers and leaders. Likewise, it will make it possible to review previous editions of «Women in conflict» and provide continuity in «Statement on actions to empower women in conflict», adopted on 9 June 2022.

The event will coincide with the week of the United Nations General Assembly and will be broadcast live.

Bilateral meetings

Alongside the General Assembly, President Michel will meet with leaders from around the world.

The EU at the United Nations General Assembly

The EU is a strong advocate of multilateralism, one of its main pillars is a strong and efficient UN. Since 1974, the EU has been a permanent observer at the United Nations General Assembly.

After the adoption of the resolution by the UN General Assembly in May 2011, the EU has the possibility to speak first, among other main groups, and can be represented by those responsible for the external representation of the EU (President of the Council of Leaders, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, EU Commission and the EU delegation).

Since 2011, the President of the Council of Leaders addresses the General Assembly on behalf of the EU.

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