After the G20 in Japan

After the G20 in Japan

I write after coming back from Japan, where I took part in the meeting of G20 Foreign Ministers in Nagoya. We discussed how to guarantee that global trade remains free but also that it can have fairer rules, how to support a more sustainable development model, and the great global economies’ partnership with Africa.

My visit to Japan was also the opportunity for a meeting on how to promote women’s and young people’s participation in peace processes: only with their engagement, can peace have deep roots in their societies. Here is my speech.

A few days before, in Brussels, I had met a group of Kenyan women who took part in the first edition of “Ms President” – a tv show that had huge success in Kenya and East Africa, financed by the European Union: the show has given to some very talented women the possibility to enter politics and become a role-model for girls and women like them. Here is the meeting’s video.

Still in Brussels, I also took part in the meeting of Chiefs of Defence from all EU Member States, to discuss the progress we have made in these years towards a Europe of defence, and in the meeting of intelligence services’ chiefs. During the week the Council has also approved a new European civilian mission to the Central African Republic – a mission that we have decided to organise on request by local authorities and the United Nations. Press release here.

In these days we have also kept following closely the situation in Syria, Yemen, Libya, in Israel, in Iran and in Nicaragua.

And today I chaired the meeting of the EU Development and International Cooperation Ministers.