World faced difficult year, says European Union official

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Security Council meets on cooperation between the UN and the European Union. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

The world has faced a difficult year, according to the European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

Federica Mogherini, spoke in the Security Council on Monday during a debate about cooperation between the United Nations and regional and sub-regional organizations.

She stressed the need for multilateral cooperation to tackle global challenges.

Cathrine Hasselberg reports.

In her statement to the Security Council, Federica Mogherini said the international community is facing complex threats which require what she called "complex articulated responses."

She told the Council that the time when super powers thought they could divide the world into spheres of influence is long gone.

Ms Mogherini said the number of regional and global actors has multiplied and none of them can realistically aspire to face challenges or truly benefit from opportunities alone.

The senior European Union diplomat spoke about some of the challenges that the international community has faced.

"It has been a difficult year in the world. The hopes for a more peaceful and cooperative global order were shattered by blatant violations of international law, the spread of terrorist groups, crises with disastrous humanitarian consequences and the outbreak of diseases with potential to destroy entire regions. We did not resign to the challenges. We rose to them together."

Ms Mogherini said the European Union sees the strategic partnership with the United Nations as a key relationship, but that other regional organizations are also important.

Cathrine Hasselberg, United Nations.

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