The role of the European Union in supporting international peace and security

Thank you, Mr President, and I join others in thanking the High Representative for his briefing and wishing him a speedy recovery and a return to face-to-face meetings.

As many colleagues have said, this year has been one of the most difficult years for Europe since the Second World War, with Russia’s illegal and unprovoked invasion of Ukraine causing death and devastation, and forcing millions of refugees into neighboring states.

This has been a difficult year for the international community, with the actions of Russia and other conflicts exacerbating existing problems in a world ravaged by the Covid-19 pandemic and climate change.

And it has been a difficult year for the UN, the multilateral system and the rules-based international norms that we value.

We therefore welcome the positive role played by the EU and other regional organizations in promoting diplomacy and multilateralism, and in supporting the Security Council for international peace and security.

First, we salute the incredible support for Ukrainians and the help provided to Ukraine to defend itself. The UK supports an outward looking EU and appreciates our cooperation in addressing this latest breach of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. This includes coordinating measures to limit Russia’s ability to finance and wage its war; and on the Atrocity Crimes Advisory Group to support the Ukrainian Prosecutor General.

We also work together on food safety issues. I would particularly like to welcome the words of the High Representative refuting the disinformation on the sanctions.

Secondly, we welcome the important contribution of the EU to the work of the Council. This includes EU efforts to restore the JCPoA; its renewed partnership with the African Union; and its contribution to UN peacekeeping and peacebuilding operations, including, for example, its contribution on Somalia.

In Europe, we strongly support EU efforts in the Western Balkans, where we coordinate to support the European orientation of the region; ensuring progress in the EU-facilitated Serbia-Kosovo dialogue; and working on the renewal of EUFOR Althea’s mandate in November.

Finally, we welcome the work of the EU on global systemic challenges. Seven months after COP26, the EU and UK are coordinating to accelerate the pace of a net-zero and climate-resilient transition. At a time of global instability, with growing challenges of inflation, debt and food insecurity, we are united in our determination to uphold the Glasgow Climate Pact and ensure the success of the legacy of COP26.

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