EU Representation and Coordination within the United Nations [chapter]

Mary Farrell
2006 The European Union at the United Nations  
Despite a weak common foreign policy and limitations on its power to act coherently and speak with one voice on the international stage, the EU has declared an intention to enhance its international status. Geo-strategic political and economic changes over the past decade have prompted a re-appraisal of the EU's external environment, and highlighted the need for a strategic response. Amid this changing external environment and a new dynamic in European integration processes, the EU re-affirmed
more » ... the EU re-affirmed its commitment to multilateralism. The focus of this paper is the changing nature of EU multilateralism in the context of the Union's relations with the UN. How does the principle of multilateralism operate in the EU's actions at the UN? And, to what extent has the EU sought to extend its influence in the debate over UN reform? This paper examines the relationship between the EU and the UN, tracing the institutional relationships that currently operate to link the EU's different institutions to the multiple institutions that comprise the core UN system. The following sections will concentrate primarily upon the mechanisms for representation and coordination between the Council, the European Commission, and the six-month rotating presidency on the European side, and General Assembly, the Security Council, and the Economic and Social Council on the UN side
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