Panel Debate on EU-UN Cooperation. Brussels, Belgium

  • 13 Nov 2019
  • |
  • 13 Nov 2019
  • |
  • Event

Swedish Permanent Representation

Panel Debate

EU UN  Co-operation: Confronting Change in the Multilateral System

13th November 10:00-12:00

Welcome to a panel debate on EU-UN Co-operation: Confronting Change in the Multilateral System, based on a study by the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM).

The study – commissioned by the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs - looks at the role of the European Union and its member states in the United Nations. It examines opportunities for deepening EU-UN cooperation in the years to come, in light of the 2019 reform of the UN development system and taking into account the EU’s evolving role as a global player. The EU and its member states are the single largest financial contributor to the UN system. Yet, according to the study, the EU struggles to coherently leverage its funding relationship with the UN for greater influence and stronger cooperation. The EU remains a stable presence within the UN but is faced with its own fragmentation which affects its ability to defend the EU’s agenda for a rules-based multilateral system in a changing environment.


09:30 Registration and coffee

10:00 Introductory remarks

10:15 Presentation of the Report EU UN Co-operation: Confronting Change in the Multilateral System, ECDPM

10:40 Panel debate moderated by Geert Laporte, ECDPM 

Lotte Knudsen, Managing Director for Human Rights, Global and Multilateral Issues, EEAS

Felix Fernandez Shaw, Director International Cooperation and Development Policy, DG DEVCO (tbc)

Barbara Pesce-Monteiro, UN Director in Brussels

11:30 Q&A and discussion

12:00 Closing remarks 

Please confirm your attendance to Jeanette Lindzter no later than 12 November.

A warm Welcome!