Here is the Speech by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini at the United Nations Peacekeeping Dinner.
The European Union is and will continue to be the most reliable and the most dedicated partner and supporter of the UN system. I want to start with this very simple, very straightforward but not irrelevant statement, as we start our conversation tonight.
Because in Europe, we believe in multilateralism. At the end of the day, the European Union was born as the most visionary plan of multilateralism. After the Second World War, we decided to invest in cooperation rather than confrontation and at the end of the day, we have realised the most advanced political Union in the world.
In the European Union, we believe that multilateralism is the only way to solve and address the many and complex problems the world is facing today. This is why it is so important to be here together as partners - European Union and the UN. (...)
We are going to continue to invest in UN peacekeeping in particular. It is consistent with our values, and it is also, we believe, in our collective interest. (...)