STRASBOURG, FRANCE, 16 July 2019 – A special meeting between the newly-elected Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and the heads of UN agencies to the EU institutions was held today, during which commitments for a better future for Europe and the world were discussed. The European Parliament, as the voice of European citizens, will have to fully use its legislative power to ensure that the EU leads by example in achieving a socially, environmentally and economically sustainable development. At the same time, the European Parliament will be requested to supervise and monitor the EU’s development and humanitarian initiatives as well as to define the instruments and means of implementation of the EU-UN partnership.
“The upcoming challenges are even worse than expected only a few years ago”, said UN Director in Brussels Barbara Pesce Monteiro. “Despite great improvements, 783 million people still live in extreme poverty around the world and one in nine people is undernourished”.
“All over the world, the UN agencies cooperate with the EU to build democratic and inclusive societies”, said UNIDO Representative to the EU institutions Patrick Gilabert. “At the same time, our cooperation promotes job creation and sustainable development, raises people out of poverty and malnutrition, prevents and overcomes crises and protects human rights”.
The UN representatives exchanged with over 50 MEPs who praised the necessary UN-EU cooperation under the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNIDO is fully supportive of the 9th legislative term of the European Parliament and the UNIDO Representative discussed with the new Members of the European Parliament’s Committees, including Foreign Affairs (AFET), Development (DEVE), International Trade (INTA) and Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE).
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