The effort to combat climate change has overcome a great many challenges. From being ignored, underestimated, or outright denied, to the near global consensus it enjoys today. Challenges remain, but the Paris climate agreement was a landmark. Our direction of travel is now clear and unstoppable.
Our work on EU security and defence continues. One year ago, High Representative Federica Mogherini launched the EU Global Strategy, which set a new level of ambition for the EU’s role in the field of defence. That was followed by the European Defence Action Plan, and the EU-NATO Joint Declaration to step up our cooperation. The European Commission has officially established the European Defence Fund, which will support military related research and Europe’s defence industry.
The inaugural EU Australia Leadership Forum (EUALF) gathered up to 160 likeminded high level European and Australian participants in Sydney on 2-6 June.
The EUALF is funded by the European Union as a three year public diplomacy project with the overall aim to broaden and deepen the existing ties between the EU and Australia to help shape the vision for the partnership.
A five days training seminar entitled “Third Common Security and Defence Policy Orientation Seminar with a Focus on EU-ASEAN relations” took place in Rome bringing together 40 high-level delegates from EU Member States, ASEAN Ministries of Defence and Ministries of Foreign Affairs, as well as high level speakers.