The EU's relations with the United Nations

The EU participates in the work of the UN General Assembly - EU nameplate in the UN General Assembly hallThe EU participates in the work of the UN General Assembly - EU nameplate in the UN General Assembly hall

The United Nations are a key EU partner and an indispensable global forum for tackling global challenges.

Effective multilateralism

The EU is committed to effective multilateralism, with the United Nations at its core. Based on this commitment, the EU and its Member States engage constructively at the UN as an intergovernmental forum, together with partners and like-minded countries, to shape responses to issues of global concern and international law, and of importance to European citizens. Furthermore, the EU works closely with the UN Secretariat, the various UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes. The EU has hence established a broad relationship with the UN on issues ranging from development and climate change to conflict prevention, crisis management and peacebuilding, human rights, humanitarian assistance, the fight against corruption and crime, global health concerns such as AIDS/HIV or Ebola and issues of labour rights.

The EU's participation at the UN

The Lisbon Treaty gave the European Union a single legal personality. It also provided for the EU to replace and succeed the European Community, taking over all its rights and obligations, including with regard to its status within the UN. As a result, the EU can sign contracts, be part of an international convention or be an observer (most cases) or member of an international organisation – where the statutes allow this, such as the FAO in Rome.

In May 2011 the UN General Assembly granted the European Union new participating rights, allowing EU representatives to present EU agreed common positions, to make interventions, present proposals and circulate EU communications as official documents at the General Assembly.

Security Council

Two EU Member States, France and the UK, are permanent members of the Security Council. In addition, EU countries also serve as non-permanent members. They keep the EU institutions and other Member States fully informed of the work of the Council and, as appropriate, reflect EU positions. In addition, the EU has a wide range of tools available to solve crises, as well as its close work with international and regional partners. For this reason, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy provides regular updates to the Security Council and the EU is often invited to address issues of concern.

The Security Council has welcomed the extensive cooperation between the UN and the EU.


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  • 10/04/2015
    Statement of the High Representative and Vice-President Federica Mogherini and the Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides on the situation in Yarmouk, Syria Statement of the High Representative and Vice-President Federica Mogherini and the Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides on the situation in Yarmouk, Syria <p>The security and humanitarian situation in the Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria has gone from bad to worse. Innocent people are now being used as human shields by the fighting sides. The Syria crisis has already led to too much suffering. A new massacre must be avoided. </p> 04/10/2015 11:20:58 04/10/2015 11:20:58 04/10/2015 11:20:58 04/10/2015 11:20:58 2015041011 090126248f084b63 N 090126248f084b63 /statements-eeas/2015/150410_01_en.htm 4570 xml Y /statements-eeas/2015/150410_01_en.htm 2 /statements-eeas/2015/150410_01_en.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150410_01_fr.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150410_01_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Statement of the High Representative and Vice-President Federica Mogherini and the Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides on the situation in Yarmouk, Syria
  • 25/03/2015
    Statement of the High Representative and Vice President Federica Mogherini on the meeting of representatives from Libyan municipalities in Brussels Statement of the High Representative and Vice President Federica Mogherini on the meeting of representatives from Libyan municipalities in Brussels 03/25/2015 09:50:30 03/25/2015 09:50:30 03/25/2015 09:50:30 03/01/2017 09:50:30 2015032509 090126248edc7d62 N 090126248edc7d62 /statements-eeas/2015/150325_01_en.htm 4520 xml Y /statements-eeas/2015/150325_01_en.htm 2 /statements-eeas/2015/150325_01_en.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150325_01_fr.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150325_01_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Statement of the High Representative and Vice President Federica Mogherini on the meeting of representatives from Libyan municipalities in Brussels
  • 17/03/2015
    42 25362 1 Interactive Dialogue with the Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic - EU Intervention at UN Human Rights Council Interactive Dialogue with the Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic - EU Intervention at UN Human Rights Council 03/17/2015 14:34:00 03/17/2015 14:34:00 03/17/2015 14:34:00 nulldate 2015031714 <p>European External Action Service</p> 090126248ec49c89 N 090126248ec49c89 /delegations/un_geneva/documents/eu_statments/human_right/20150317_id_with_coi_syria.pdf 20498 pdf Y /delegations/un_geneva/documents/eu_statments/human_right/20150317_id_with_coi_syria.pdf /delegations/un_geneva/documents/eu_statments/human_right/20150317_id_with_coi_syria_zz.pdf N ID_INTERNAL N N
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  • 10/03/2015
    35 25362 1 The spirit of dialogue: effectively addressing acts of intolerance, discrimination and incitement to hatred The spirit of dialogue: effectively addressing acts of intolerance, discrimination and incitement to hatred /delegations/un_geneva/press_corner/focus/events/2015/20150310_forb_en.htm 03/10/2015 18:25:00 03/10/2015 18:25:00 03/10/2015 18:25:00 nulldate 2015031018 <p>European External Action Service</p> 090126248eb25b07 N 090126248eb451da /delegations/un_geneva/press_corner/focus/events/2015/20150310_forb_en.htm 9939 xml Y /delegations/un_geneva/press_corner/focus/events/2015/20150310_forb_en.htm 1 /delegations/un_geneva/press_corner/focus/events/2015/20150310_forb_en.htm /delegations/un_geneva/press_corner/focus/events/2015/20150310_forb_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    The spirit of dialogue: effectively addressing acts of intolerance, discrimination and incitement to hatred
  • 09/03/2015
    Speech by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini at the UN Security Council: Cooperation between the UN and regional and sub-regional organisations Speech by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini at the UN Security Council: Cooperation between the UN and regional and sub-regional organisations 03/09/2015 18:29:53 03/09/2015 18:29:53 03/09/2015 18:29:53 03/09/2015 18:29:53 2015030918 090126248eaf4700 N 090126248eaf4700 /statements-eeas/2015/150309_01_en.htm 29667 xml Y /statements-eeas/2015/150309_01_en.htm 2 /statements-eeas/2015/150309_01_en.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150309_01_fr.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150309_01_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Speech by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini at the UN Security Council: Cooperation between the UN and regional and sub-regional organisations

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