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Minister McEntee to attend UN General Assembly

Minister McEntee to attend UN General Assembly

Minister for European Affairs, Helen McEntee, begins a programme of engagements at the UN in New York on Wednesday, focussed on multilateralism, climate change and Ireland’s campaign for a seat on the UN Security Council in 2021-2022.

Minister McEntee’s visit is centred on the 74th Session of the UN General Assembly, where she will join leaders and ministers from around the world to discuss shared responses to the challenges of international security and climate change, among others.

“Leaders from every country in the World come together at the UN General Assembly each year, making it an exceptional moment to express our support for a rules-based international order and to join in the call for urgent action on climate change. I will also press Ireland’s case for a seat on the UN Security Council for the 2021 to 2022 term,” Minister McEntee said.

Ireland’s climate action plan “Giving Ireland a Sustainable Future,” was launched in June and the Taoiseach underlined the Government’s commitment to strong action on climate change in New York on Monday.

Minister McEntee added:

“I will also be using this opportunity to continue our engagement with European partners on Brexit and to express our appreciation for their steadfast support of Ireland as we await detailed and legally operable proposals from the UK to avoid a no-deal Brexit on October 31st.

“Our bid for a seat on the Council is an important element of Global Ireland 2025, the Government’s strategy to double the scale and impact of Ireland’s international presence.”

Press Office

Notes for editors:
The Minister will participate in a Brexit Breakfast event with the Tánaiste on Wednesday morning, where she will take part in a Questions and Answers session. She will attend the General Assembly for Ireland’s National Statement at 22:00 Irish time, which will be delivered by President Michael D Higgins. On Thursday she will take part in a high level breakfast on climate change and migration and an Alliance for Multilateralism event.

During her visit, Minister McEntee will also meet with ministers to promote Ireland’s candidature for a seat on the UN Security Council. Ireland is campaigning for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council for the 2021-2022 term.

All 194 Member States of the United Nations are represented at the General Assembly, making the annual meeting in September a unique opportunity to engage in and deepen bilateral relations with partners from around the world.