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EU High Representative Federica Mogherini met on 17 October with Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to discuss the shared engagement and joint work of the EU and the Foundation in support of human development in Africa in particular, including by accelerating digital development. The EU and Mr. Gates also signed an agreement to create a joint fund to invest €100 million in European companies working to stop climate change.
In June 2016 High Representative Mogherini submitted the "Global Strategy for the European Union's Foreign and Security Policy". Now, two years on, on 25 June 2018 the second progress report on its implementation was just published. The report highlights in particular the significant and fast progress that has been achieved in the area of security and defence.
The 2017 Global Strategy PhD Prize was awarded to Dr Alice Pannier for her dissertation on Franco-British Cooperation under the Lancaster House Treaties (2010) – Institutionalisation Meets the Challenges of Bilateral Cooperation, which she defended at Sciences Po Paris, with joint supervision from King’s College London, on 4 July 2016.