The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the CEI Member States are holding their traditional informal meeting in New York on 25 September 2019, on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly (74th Session). The event is organised by the Permanent Mission of Italy to the United Nations, in the framework of the Italian CEI Presidency.
The gathering will offer the opportunity to continue the discussion on how to achieve the goal of consolidating the CEI’s position in the regional and international arena - as established by the Trieste Declaration adopted on 12 June 2019 - by using the CEI’s Observer Staus at the UN General Assembly.
The Ministers will be expected to discuss how to improve coordination among CEI MS within the UN framework on issues of common interest such as the implementation of the 2030 AGENDA and youth empowerment. The CEI Secretary General, Roberto Antonione, is also attending the meeting and will address the Ministers.
This has become a traditional gathering in particular with regard to the CEI observer status in the UN General Assembly, which was granted to the CEI in 2011 by resolution 66/111. The unanimous decision taken on that occasion expressed the General Assembly's recognition of the CEI as the largest and oldest intergovernmental forum for regional cooperation.