The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney TD, delivered Ireland’s national statement to the UN General Assembly in New York on Friday September 28.
The Tánaiste used his address to underline Ireland’s strong support for multilateralism as the best way to address global challenges, to highlight Ireland’s role in UN peacekeeping, disarmament and humanitarian assistance, and to highlight Ireland’s concerns regarding the situation in the Middle East. In his address, the Tánaiste also strongly made the case for Ireland’s candidature for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council for the 2021 to 2022 term.
The Tánaiste’s speech came at the end of a busy week for Ireland at the UN, which included bilateral meetings with a wide range of leaders attending the General Assembly, as well as attendance at high-level meetings on issues, including climate change, disarmament, human rights, sustainable development and humanitarian response.
On Thursday, the Tánaiste attended a meeting of the Informal Ministerial Network for the International Criminal Court in advance of depositing Ireland’s instrument of ratification of the Kampala Amendments to the Rome Statute on the Crime of Aggression. Both events underlined Ireland’s unwavering support for the international court.
The Tánaiste later attended a Ministerial meeting on UNRWA, where he reiterated Ireland’s support for the organisation’s work with Palestine refugees. The Tánaiste separately discussed with Security Council members, and a range of countries from the Middle East, ways to advance the two-state solution to the Israeli Palestinian conflict.
On Thursday evening, the Tánaiste was the lead speaker at an event for the Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund of which Ireland is a founding donor. The Tánaiste announced an additional €200,000 in support of the fund’s work to ensure women play full and meaningful roles in building and sustaining peace.
On Friday afternoon, the Tánaiste, with the President of Kiribati, co-hosted an event that highlighted the impact of climate change on Kiribati and paid tribute to the leadership Kiribati is showing on climate action and sustainable development.
From Wednesday to Saturday the Tánaiste held bilateral meetings with Foreign Ministers from a wide range of countries from Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin and Central America.