From 19 to 25 September 2019, in New York, US, the Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica, will take part in a discussion on the future of multilateralism and strengthening of the rules-based international order organised by the Munich Security Conference and the Körber Foundation (Körber-Stiftung) and in events held during the High-Level Week as part of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly.
On 19 September, at the UN Headquarters, the Parliamentary Secretary will take part in the launch of a study titled “Multilateralism is Dead. Long Live Multilateralism!” and in an ensuing discussion chaired by the Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs at the United Nations, Rosemary DiCarlo. Opinions will also be shared with former US Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger, and the Chairman of the Munich Security Conference, Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger.
On 20 September, the Parliamentary Secretary is to join a discussion on challenges to multilateralism with Ambassadors of the United Kingdom and France, permanent members of the UN Security Council (SC), and of Germany and Poland, non-permanent members of the UNSC. Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica will also take part in an event to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Munich Young Leaders programme, with the President of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly, María Espinosa Garcés, as the guest of honour.
On 22–23 September, the Parliamentary Secretary will take part in an exchange of views on the future of multilateralism held at one of the US leading think tanks in international affairs, the Council on Foreign Relations.
From 22 to 25 September, as part of the Latvian delegation, the Parliamentary Secretary will attend the events of the High-Level Week during the UNGA 74th session.
On 23 September, Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica will deliver remarks at a high-level discussion on responsible state behaviour in cyberspace organised by the John Sullivan, United States Deputy Secretary of State.
In preparations for the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly, promotion of multilateralism has been set as a central priority by the European Union (EU) Member States. The EU is an indispensable partner of the UN to promote and strengthen multilateralism and the rules-based international order. In recent years, the EU has intensified its engagement as a global player and is translating multilateralism into action in line with the Global Strategy for the European Union’s Foreign and Security Policy and the Council conclusions.