General Assembly Security Council

UNSC Briefing on Cooperation between the UN and regional

and sub-regional organizations: EU

[10 June 2021: 1000 hrs]

Statement by Ambassador T.S. Tirumurti

Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations

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Mr. President,

 

Let me begin by thanking High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell for the briefing. Mr. Borrell is a strong advocate of India-EU Strategic Partnership. I join others in extending a warm welcome to him to the Council. The UN and the EU Project have a common origin, having been founded after the Second World War. The driving principles and values of both organizations are similar. Today, the EU is a natural partner of the UN in addressing global peace and security challenges as well as advancing developmental efforts. We, therefore, welcome today’s briefing.

 

2. Cooperation between the UN and the EU has addressed issues not just limited to Europe, but in many theatres of conflict across continents. In the Balkans, the EU is at the forefront of efforts aimed at promoting peace, reconciliation, stability, freedom and economic prosperity. On several occasions, the EU has brought together important stakeholders in situations of conflict by strongly supporting donor conferences and charting out peace plans. The key role of the EU, as a member of the Quartet in the Middle East Peace Process, is acknowledged, as is its role in preserving the JCPOA with Iran.

 

3. The role of the EU has been growing in Africa as well. Its complimentary efforts towards conflict resolution and in addressing security challenges, including terrorism, has contributed positively to the UN’s efforts in Africa. The EU is also extending support to bilateral and regional initiatives, including to G-5 Sahel and Military Training Mission in CAR and Mali. The EU should continue to augment national efforts to address security related challenges and maintain a balance in priorities in the context of recovery and peacebuilding in Africa. The EU-AU Partnership should focus on finding African solutions to African problems.

 

4. As the world continues to be confronted with peace and security challenges, exacerbated by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic situation, there is merit in strengthening partnerships and enhancing linkages between the UN and regional organizations such as the EU. In this context, I have the following five observations to offer:

 

i) The EU has broken new ground in developing effective tools for conflict prevention, peacebuilding, crisis management and post-conflict rehabilitation. We believe that the EU has an important role to play in tackling global challenges, with the UN at the core of multilateral efforts.

 

ii) The EU continues to have an important role to play in a reformed UN-centered multilateral system and we expect the EU to firmly support ongoing reform efforts.

 

iii) In the current difficult circumstances caused globally by the pandemic, the multilateral mechanisms need to work with regional organizations to ensure resilient medical supply chains, vaccines and the Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs). The EU can be an important player in this direction and help global recovery.

 

iv) The EU has an important role to play in our continued fight against terrorism and other new and emerging threats. In this regard, I would like the EU to give due consideration to the eight-point action plan on counter-terrorism proposed by India’s External Affairs Minister on 11 January while addressing the Council.

 

v) We note the significant financial contribution of the EU Member States to the UN Peacekeeping budget, and voluntary contributions to UN programs. The contribution of the EU to the progress of global discourse on climate change and Sustainable Development Goals has been noteworthy and we will continue to work to find a balanced approach to implement these ends.

 

Mr. President,

 

5. The India-EU Strategic Partnership is guided by our shared interests, principles and values of democracy, pluralism, freedom, and respect for the rule of law and human rights. India and the EU have a common interest in ensuring security, prosperity and sustainable development in a multi-polar world. We believe that India’s relations with Europe and the EU are a force for good globally.

 

6. India and the EU share a common perspective on many regional and global issues, including a shared commitment to promoting an international rules-based order based on reformed and effective multilateralism. India’s desire to work constructively with the EU is reflected in the newly instituted dialogues on Maritime Security as well as Climate Change. India welcomes the EU’s recently announced strategy for cooperation in the Indo-Pacific and looks forward to greater cooperation to ensure a free, open, inclusive and rules-based Indo-Pacific premised upon respect for international law and territorial integrity and sovereignty of all States.

 

7. India and the EU recently concluded a successful Leaders’ Meeting in May 2021. We launched a Connectivity Partnership to enhance connectivity in conformity with international norms, rules of law, and respect for international commitments. We also agreed to intensify our economic engagements, including by resuming negotiations on trade and investment agreements and working together on WTO reforms. India’s Partnership with the EU is manifesting in cooperation towards tackling current global issues such as COVID-19, climate change, terrorism and strengthening multilateral institutions. India remains committed to working with the EU in this endeavour.

 

I thank you, Mr. President.