The Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) is an intergovernmental organisation which brings together five member states, namely the Union of the Comoros, France (Reunion), Madagascar, Mauritius and the Seychelles. It is the only regional organisation in Africa composed exclusively of islands. These islands face a number of vulnerability issues: despite their vast exclusive economic zones, they remain particularly vulnerable to security problems, encompassing health, maritime and food security issues.
Nations around the world gathered virtually for the 75th General Assembly of the United Nations. This historical gathering comes at a time when we are facing global challenges and global responses are difficult to find. The EU calls for a reform of multilateralism by design and not by destruction: “We must revitalize the system, not abandon it. So, this week and beyond, we will uphold the spirit of the UNGA and defend multilateralism, which all countries so badly need. A world without the UN would endanger us all.” stated High Representative/Vice President Josep Borrell.
20/09/2020 - On September 12, I had a videoconference with my fellow foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The European Union shares many common views with this organisation. And in particular the will not to align with China or the US in the growing strategic rivalry between them. We must and will strengthen our ties.