UN General Assembly, New York, 18-22/09/2016

International Summit
  • International Summit
  • 18-22/09/2016
  • New York

Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, spoke on behalf of the EU at the 71st UN General Assembly (UNGA) on 21 September. His speech to the assembly focused on:

  • the European response to the refugee crisis and the need for global solidarity
  • building a global strategy and network against terrorism
  • the EU's active engagement to bring peace in areas where war is raging or is imminent, including Ukraine, Syria, Libya and Afghanistan
  • the EU's full commitment to the fight against climate change

On 19 September Tusk participated in the UN high level meeting on addressing large movements of refugees and migrants. "Global migration will accompany us in the future," he said, "and it is in our power to decide whether our future in this context will be orderly, stable and safe; or disorderly, unstable and unsafe." 

On 20 September, President Tusk attended the leaders' summit on the global refugee crisis, hosted by US President Barack Obama. This event aimed to reach new global commitments to increase humanitarian funding, admit more refugees through legal pathways and increase refugees' self-reliance and inclusion.

In the margins of the UNGA, he also met with a number of other leaders bilaterally.

EU priorities at the UN General Assembly

In July, the Council adopted EU priorities at the UN and the 71st UNGA focusing on:

  • sustaining peace, fighting terrorism and working on disarmament and non-proliferation
  • addressing issues such as migratory and refugee flows, the humanitarian aid system or the protection of human rights
  • implementing the agreements reached during the last year, including on development and climate change

Programme of President Tusk

 (local time)

18/09/2016 17:00

Meeting with UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon

EU Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans also joined the meeting.

19/09/2016 08:30

Opening ceremony of the High-Level Plenary Meeting on addressing large movements of refugees and migrants

19/09/2016 09:30

Meeting with President of Egypt Abdel Fattah el-Sisi

High Representive Federica Mogherini also joined the meeting.

10:00

Meeting with Prime Minister of New Zealand John Key

14:30

Meeting with Prime Minister of Kosovo Isa Mustafa

15:00

Meeting with Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg 

15:30

Meeting with the President of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Gjorge Ivanov

20/09/2016 09:00

Opening of the 71st UN General Assembly

12:00

Meeting with the Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bakir Izetbegović

12:30

Meeting with Prime Minister of Australia Malcom Turnbull 

13:15

Luncheon hosted by UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon

15:30

Leaders' summit on the global refugee crisis

17:00

Address at the Leaders' summit on the global refugee crisis

19:00

Reception at the EU delegation to the UN

21/09/2016 12:15
15:30

Meeting with Prime Minister of Iraq, Haider al-Abadi

16:00

Meeting with Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina

17:00

Meeting with Prime Minister of Republic of Moldova, Pavel Filip

17:30

Meeting with Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili 

Last reviewed on 28/09/2016