I write from the United States – where on Saturday, in Seattle, we gathered once again our “Global tech Panel”, thanks to the hospitality of Brad Smith from Microsoft. During the meeting we discussed how to regulate the military use of artificial intelligence: on this issue and others, cooperation between politicians and tech experts is crucial. In the margins of the meeting I also had the pleasure to meet Melinda Gates. Today I am in New York for some meetings at the United Nations, then at Princeton University in New Jersey. All details here. Before leaving I met with the President of the UN General Assembly, María Fernanda Espinosa Garcé.
I spent the rest of last week in Brussels, where on Tuesday I chaired the Association Council with Georgia, together with Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze: press conference here. I held several meetings with close partners and neighbours of the European Union: with Central-African President Faustin-Archange Touadéra, with Armenia Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, with the Chairman of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s tripartite Presidency Milorad Dodik, with Algeria’s Minister of State Ramtane Lamamra.
It was also a week of work on the role of women in society. Here is the video on Thursday’s discussion at the European parliament, and here is my message on the International Women’s Day. In the coming days I will meet a group of extraordinary women: the Syrian and Yemeni women who are working to seek a solution for the conflicts in their countries. I will see them in New York, then we will host them at the third Brussels Conference on Syria.
The future of the Middle East was also at the centre of a discussion I had on Wednesday, with a group of researchers and civil society representatives from the Mediterranean region – video here. And at the end of the event I awarded the “Young Writers Prize” to Omar Shanti, a young graduate who has studied how Maghreb literature is dealing with the issue of migration.
These days we didn’t stop working on Venezuela: here is my latest Declaration on behalf of the Twenty-Eight.