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Main points of the agenda

The 77e United Nations General Assembly session opened on 13 September 2022. The first day of the high-level general segment will be Tuesday 20 September.

the President of the European Council, Charles Michelwill address the General Assembly on behalf of the EU.

EU priorities at the 77e United Nations General Assembly

Each year, the Council adopts EU priorities at the United Nations and the United Nations General Assembly. These priorities guide the work of the EU for the year ahead.

The Council’s priorities for the 77e United Nations General Assembly (September 2022 to September 2023) are as follows:

  • ensure respect for the United Nations Charter and the rule of law
  • dealing with the global consequences of Russian aggression against Ukraine
  • promote sustainable development and human rights
  • promote access to quality education
  • strengthening global health security
  • combat climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution
  • shaping the global digital strategy

The Council also stresses the need to modernize and reform the United Nations so that it is better able to meet the challenges and seize the opportunities that will arise in the future.

World Food Security Summit

On September 20, 2022, President Michel will co-chair a world food security summit with United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken, African Union Chairman and President of Senegal Macky Sall and Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez.

The unjustified war waged by Russia against Ukraine aggravates a global food security crisis. The EU and its Member States are united against Russia’s military aggression in Ukraine and are firmly committed to tackling the global food crisis.

EU countries have put in place solidarity corridors to export much-needed food to Ukraine and overcome the Russian blockade of Black Sea ports. Since May 2022, about 10 million tons of Ukrainian grains and oilseeds have been exported through these corridors.

Cereal shipments via the Black Sea resumed in July 2022 following the agreement reached under the aegis of the United Nations within the framework of the black sea grain initiative. So far, more than 3 million tonnes of grain and other products have been shipped.

The “Women in Conflicts” event

On September 21, 2022, President Charles Michel will co-organize the third edition of the “Women in Conflicts” event, which will focus on voices of young women women activists and leaders working in conflict and post-conflict regions.

The event will bring together survivors, activists, policy makers and leaders. It will also be an opportunity to take stock of previous editions of the “Women in Conflicts” event and to follow up on the “Brussels Declaration on Actions to Empower Women in Conflict”which was adopted on June 9, 2022.

This event will take place on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly week and will be broadcast live.

Bilateral meetings

On the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, President Michel will meet leaders from around the world.

The EU at the UN General Assembly

The EU is committed to multilateralism, the cornerstone of which is a strong and effective United Nations. Since 1974, the European Union has had permanent observer status at the United Nations General Assembly.

Following the adoption of a UN General Assembly resolution in May 2011, the EU can speak first among other major groups and can be represented by its external representatives (the President of the European Council, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, the European Commission and the EU Delegation).

Since 2011, the President of the European Council has addressed the General Assembly on behalf of the EU.

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