The EU as a Global Actor: its Approach towards the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict within the Work of the United Nations General Assembly'

Maria Gianniou

In a recent motion for a resolution on the role of the EU within the UN, the European Parliament underlined that the challenges the EU faces need global solutions and global issues need European action. Bearing this in mind, the EU has always sought to play a substantial role in finding a just and durable solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Since 1973, the EU has been active in promoting a declaratory policy, which was coupled, gradually, by significant commitments on the ground.Concomitant to Europe's engagement on multilateralism, its position towards the conflict has equally been forged, particularly during the 1970s, within the context of the UN General Assembly. Since the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty, the EU's status in the UNGA has been upgraded in line with UNGA Resolution 65/276. The aim of this research is to shed light into Europe's approach vis-à-vis the conflict within the UNGA framework. In order to do so, the analysis will focus on (a) tracing EU visibility regarding the conflict (how often does the EU speak with one voice?) as well as on (b) identifying the EU member states' voting record on the matter (does the EU vote coherently?). Consequently, we will try to determine whether the EU performs coherently as a global actor.





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