At the UN general Assembly. Investing in multilateralism is our “national interest”

At the UN general Assembly. Investing in multilateralism is our “national interest”

I write after coming back from the United Nations’ General Assembly in New York: a full week at work to preserve the nuclear deal with Iran, to restart peace talks in Syria, to keep alive and relaunch the two-State solution for Israel and Palestine, to work with Africa on our future, to protect rights and create new opportunities for all. (I will write more on Iran, Syria and the Middle East in the next post). But first and foremost it was a week to restate that we will find solutions to the great issues of our times only if we work together, and the United Nations are the natural centre of gravity for all our collective work on peace, security and growth around the world. This week, some described the United Nations as an obstacle on the path to achieve our “national interests”. The exact opposite is true. In a complex and difficult word like ours, the only realistic and effective solutions are born when we join forces, among global powers and continents, in the framework of the United Nations. This is the European Union’s choice, the European way. We confirmed it in our meeting with the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, and in the one – that I convened for the first time ever – with the ministers of the European members of the UN Security Council. It is a choice that we put in practice every day. We do so, for instance, reinforcing trilateral cooperation among the European Union, the African Union and the United Nations – on migration, economic growth, peace and security (here is a report...