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The EU At The UN-The Coordination Process: Actors And Mechanisms

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This chapter describes the practical and technical functioning of the European Union (EU's) representation at the UN from two different perspectives: an internal and an external one. The EU coordination process in New York is discussed and the main actors within the EU group, i.e. the EU Presidency and the EU MS, are portrayed when taking an internal angle. External perspective is taken by eyeballing the functioning of Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) with regard to particular UN bodies, namely the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and two Main Committees of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). The EU Presidency is the most important actor not only in the internal EU coordination process, but also in the external representation of the Union at the UN. Supporting realist notions of international politics, national interests of EU MS are the main factor forming the EU voice at the UN.

Keywords: Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP); European Union (EU) presidency; United Nations General Assembly (UNGA); United Nations Security Council (UNSC)



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