UNGA77: transformative solutions to interlocking challenges

On September 21, 2022, President von der Leyen announced new EU support to fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria at the Global Fund Pledging Conference, chaired by US President Joe Biden. Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans will participate in the Leaders’ Roundtable on Climate Action convened by UN Secretary-General Guterres and the Egyptian COP27 presidency. He will also attend the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership’s event on investing in the clean energy transition, the UN Global Early Warning Initiative to Implement Climate Adaptation organised by the World Meteorological Organisation, and will speak at the Bloomberg Climate Champions Forum in the afternoon, emphasising that the forthcoming COP27 in Egypt must deliver concrete steps to implement the commitments made in the Glasgow Climate Pact last year. High Representative/Vice-President Borrell will officially take over the co-chairmanship of the Global Counterterrorism Forum on behalf of the EU at the 12th Ministerial plenary. He will then participate in a Ministerial side event on safety and security of civilian nuclear facilities in armed conflict, organised by France. He will also represent the EU at the Ministerial meeting on ‘International Mobilisation for Development and Security in the Sahel and Gulf of Guinea countries’, organised by France and Guinea Bissau. In the evening, he will attend a G7 Foreign Ministers dinner meeting. Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič, will co-host, together with Belgium and the Democratic Republic of Congo, a High-Level Side Event on ‘Ensuring accountability for sexual violence and other violations of International Humanitarian Law‘, focusing on strengthening action to prevent sexual and gender-based violence in conflict, and ensure protection for survivors and accountability for perpetrators. More information can be found here. He will then represent the EU at the Niger-hosted roundtable on ensuring the success of girls schooling. Commissioner for International Partnerships, Jutta Urpilainen,  participated in a side-event on access to fertilisers in Africa, organised by France. Throughout the day, EU representatives will hold several bilateral meetings. More details on their individual agendas can be found on their websites. Yesterday, President von der Leyen and High Representative/Vice-President Borrell, together with President of the European Council, met the UN Secretary General António Guterres. During the pledging event ‘Countdown to COP15: Landmark Leaders Event for a Nature Positive World’, President von der Leyen and Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans reiterated the EU’s commitment to double funding for biodiversity and the ambition to stop and reverse biodiversity loss at the COP15 Biodiversity Conference in Montréal later this year. Their remarks are available here and here. In the evening, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation awarded President von der Leyen with the 2022 Goalkeepers Global Goal Award. Read the President’s speech here. High Representative/Vice-President Borrell convened the leaders from the Western Balkans for a discussion on global and regional challenges. You can read more here. In the afternoon, High Representative/Vice-President Borrell announced a new EU financial contribution of EUR 18 million to the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund, making the EU its biggest donor. Read the full speech here. Then, the High Representative co-chaired with HRH Prince Faisal of Saudi Arabia a ministerial roundtable to discuss peace and security in the Middle East, 20 years after the Arab Peace Initiative.