New York

18 September 2016

Readout of the Secretary-General’s meeting with H.E. Mr. Donald Tusk, President of the European Council and H.E. Mr. Frans Timmermans, First Vice-President of the European Commission

The Secretary-General met today with H.E. Mr. Donald Tusk and H.E. Mr. Frans Timmermans.
They discussed the ongoing efforts to address large movements of refugees and migrants, including how to best take forward the commitments enshrined in the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants.  With regard to the situation of refugees and migrants, the Secretary-General urged the European Union (EU) leaders to continue their efforts to forge a joint approach, based on shared responsibility and in line with international law.  He commended the EU’s efforts to counter the smuggling of migrants and trafficking in persons.
The Secretary-General stressed the need to fully implement the Minsk agreements to ensure a peaceful resolution of the conflict in eastern Ukraine. 
The Secretary-General and the European Union leaders also exchanged views on Syria and the Middle East Peace Process. 
Finally, they also discussed EU efforts to combat climate change.  The Secretary-General commended the strong commitment of the EU Member States towards positive ratification of the Paris Agreement.