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EU Talks: Episode 2 – UN Security Council in Focus #EUTalks


While the goal of the United Nations is to improve the daily lives of citizens around the world, the reality is more complicated. The UN is a complex organisation with dozens of offices and thousands of staff. The EU Talks series aims to candidly discuss the UN’s work and how it delivers by engaging with diplomats and UN officials as well as experts, journalists and activists, creating a valuable space, especially for young people.

The second episode covers the Security Council, one of the six principal organs of the United Nations. The UN Security Council, comprised of five permanent and 10 elected members, has the responsibility of maintaining international peace and security. The Council upholds this responsibility by holding regular meetings and negotiations when addresses conflicts and the issues that impact peace and security such as climate change, women’s rights, human rights, health crises and more.

As of 2 May 2022, two EU Member States are members of the Security Council, France and Ireland. The EU Delegation also briefs the Council regularly. In 2021 the EU delivered more than 20 statements at the Council.

In this episode, EU Talks, hosted by Ambassador Olof Skoog, welcomes the Permanent Representative of Ireland to the United Nations, H.E. Geraldine Byrne Nason, a seasoned diplomat with extensive experience in the UN, and whose country is a member of the Security Council for 2021/2022. The other special guest is Victoria Aranowicz, who is completing a Masters degree at the Center for European and Mediterranean Studies at New York University. Ms Aranowicz is passionate about world politics and human rights, specifically women’s and girls’ rights.