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The Status of the European Union at the United Nations General Assembly

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The United Nations (UN) remains the premier permanent multilateral forum in international relations. The European Union (EU) seeks to develop ever closer and stronger ties with the UN. This chapter dedicated to Marc Maresceau, briefly examines the current status of the EU in one of the most important organs of the UN, the UN General Assembly (UNGA), following the UNGA Resolution 65/276 on the "Participation of the European Union in the work of the United Nations" of 3 May 2011. This resolution was the outcome of laborious efforts by the EU, after the coming into force of the Treaty of Lisbon, in order to upgrade the EU's status within the UNGA. The experience of the negotiations leading up to the adoption of the Resolution illustrates some of the challenges the EU faces when it attempts to align the modalities of its external representation with the Treaty of Lisbon.

Keywords: European Union (EU); Marc Maresceau; Treaty of Lisbon; UN General Assembly (UNGA); United Nations (UN)



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