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Statement of President Barroso following the meeting with the President of the UN General Assembly John Ashe

European Commission - MEMO/14/86   04/02/2014

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European Commission


Strasbourg, 4 February 2014

Statement of President Barroso following the meeting with the President of the UN General Assembly John Ashe

Today, in Strasbourg, President Barroso met the President of the UN General Assembly John Ashe. During the meeting, President Barroso and Mr Ashe discussed global issues, including the Millennium Development Goals/Post 2015 agenda and the International climate negotiations. They also reviewed major peace and security developments, namely in Syria and in Central African Republic.

After the meeting, President Barroso said: “I am very satisfied with the overall cooperation between the EU and UN. I consider this partnership truly strategic as we both pursue very similar objectives. I was recently in Davos with secretary general Ban Ki-moon in a Climate related event, where again this convergence of views was well demonstrated. This good cooperation is of course also extended to the General Assembly and its President. We very much support the UN priorities and we look forward for a successful 68th UNGA session.”

On the Post 2015 Development Framework, President Barroso said: “We have a crucial opportunity ahead of us to effectively deliver on the twin challenges of poverty eradication and sustainable development. We cannot achieve one without the other”.

On the International Climate negotiations, he said: “The EU will continue to take its share of responsibility and leadership. I have proposed last month a strategic, ambitious EU framework on climate and energy until 2030 which we will now discuss with the EU Member States and the EU Parliament. The proposal includes a domestic, unconditional 40% cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 as compared to 1990 levels, in line with our long term objective of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80-95 % by 2050 as well as an EU target for renewable energy (at least 27%)”.

Regarding Syria, President Barroso stated: “Geneva 2 is the only vehicle left to engage the opposition and the regime on the political transition. We do hope that the two sides now meeting in Geneva will persevere in their mediation efforts and start through small steps to build confidence that will allow the de-escalation of conflict and lessen its impact on civilians. Our overall assistance now amounts to €2.6 billion and we will continue to lead with assistance efforts to all Syrians and hosting communities/neighbouring countries”.

On the Central African Republic (CAR), he stated: “The EU remains deeply concerned by the extreme insecurity and instability in the Central African Republic. The European Union has responded swiftly to address the current crisis and combines humanitarian, stabilization and development support. The Commission has increased its allocation up to €39 million. The development portfolio has been adapted to the crisis with €23 million of remaining 10th EDF-funding being reprogrammed”.

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