The study ‘EU-UN Cooperation: Confronting Change in the Multilateral System‘ by ECDPM and commissioned by the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs – looks at the role of the European Union and its member states in the United Nations. It examines opportunities for deepening EU-UN cooperation in the years to come, in light of the 2019 reform of the UN development system and taking into account the EU’s evolving role as a global player.
The EU and its member states are the single largest financial contributor to the UN system. Yet, according to the study, the EU struggles to coherently leverage its funding relationship with the UN for greater influence and stronger cooperation. The EU remains a stable presence within the UN but is faced with its own fragmentation which affects its ability to defend the EU’s agenda for a rules-based multilateral system in a changing environment.
ECDPM’s Geert Laporte will moderate this panel discussion and Alfonso Medinilla and Pauline Veron will present the study.