Article 34

1. Member States shall coordinate their action in international organisations and at international conferences. They shall uphold the Union's positions in such forums. The High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy shall organise this coordination.

In international organisations and at international conferences where not all the Member States participate, those which do take part shall uphold the Union's positions.

2. In accordance with Article 24(3), Member States represented in international organisations or international conferences where not all the Member States participate shall keep the other Member States and the High Representative informed of any matter of common interest.

Member States which are also members of the United Nations Security Council will concert and keep the other Member States and the High Representative fully informed. Member States which are members of the Security Council will, in the execution of their functions, defend the positions and the interests of the Union, without prejudice to their responsibilities under the provisions of the United Nations Charter.

When the Union has defined a position on a subject which is on the United Nations Security Council agenda, those Member States which sit on the Security Council shall request that the High Representative be invited to present the Union's position.

Background

  • This article reaffirms that the Member States should coordinate their actions within international fora.

Comments

  • This should help in defining EU positions within discussions on the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) or in other international fora linked to development.
  • This should also lead EU┬ácountries to have common positions in other international fora such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank and the United Nations.

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