Why a meeting of Women Foreign Ministers

Why a meeting of Women Foreign Ministers

I write as I travel from Montreal to New York – where a very intense working week starts today, because of the United Nations’ General Assembly. Over the last two days in Montreal, Canada, we gathered the world’s Women Foreign Ministers for the first time in a long while, together with Canada’s Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland. When Chrystia and I had this idea, it was first and foremost because we realised, through our daily work, what a special contribution women bring to foreign policy, to peace negotiations, to national reconciliation processes. For this reason, during Montreal’s meeting we discussed the main international crises, from Syria to Ukraine, not only among Foreign Ministers but inviting other women who work to solve conflicts: we want to support them in their difficult – yet vital – work. But we also decided to hold this meeting to tell our stories to girls and women all around the world: we wanted to show that there are no jobs “for men only”, and that every girl has the right to do anything she wants with her life. We will continue to work together, in the coming weeks and with a new meeting next year. Here is my opening speech, here the final press conference. In Canada we also decided to remember a shooting from almost thirty years ago: fourteen young women were killed simply because they were women who dared to study, be bright and be free. Here is the video. My week started in Brussels, where we presented our Strategy to better connect Europe and Asia. This is a crucial issue for our economies’...
A Union for cooperation and multilateralism

A Union for cooperation and multilateralism

I write at the end of a week when we confirmed and strengthened the founding principles of our European foreign policy: cooperation and multilateralism, dialogue and the search for solutions that make us and our partners more stable, more secure and stronger economically. Over the last few days we have worked a lot with Africa: our cooperation is now closer than ever, and it serves both our interests and theirs. Last Tuesday I met in Brussels with the President of the Gambia, Adama Barrow, and his government: we have collected more than a billion euros from the international community, to support a country that has managed to move peacefully out of an authoritarian regime. Here is my speech at the conference, here the press release. Last Wednesday, together with the whole European Commission we met with the African Union’s Commission. With the commissioners and President Moussa Faki – whom I also met at length bilaterally – we decided to push forward our cooperation on security, on economic development, on a sustainable management of migration flows, and on crucial international issues such as the deal with Iran. Here is our statement. The nuclear deal remains central to our daily work: we keep working to preserve it, in the European Union and with our international partners. Dismantling a deal that is working would not at all strengthen our security – the contrary is true. This week the International Atomic Energy Agency has certified for the twelfth time that Iran is respecting all its nuclear commitments. Last Friday, in Vienna, the European Union chaired a new meeting of the Joint Commission on the...