Thursday, July 16, 2009

while everybody stared to Obama at G8 or elsewhere...


US Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg (L) speaks with EU Foreign Policy Chief Javier Solana and Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos during an OSCE informal ministerial meeting on the Greek Ionian island of Corfu on June 28, 2009. Major world powers have launched debate on adapting the continent's security bodies to modern challenges taking on board Russian concerns, EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana said. (photo: Getty imgages).

Steinberg is also a Brookings guy.

A few days later Steinberg and Moratinos also were in Lisbon in a meeting on 2009, July 11, which was not very visible in the English Press, (I just found articles in French(from Marocco) and Portugese, this happened while everybody was watching Obama and the G8 meeting L'Aquila).  LINK

The conference there was attended by representatives from 145 countries and discussed implementing intercultural communication and good governance on national, regional and international level. Interesting enough also NATO was present.

also there among others:

Madame Albright, former US Secretary of State

Benita Ferrero-WaldnerFerrero-Waldner (EU-Commissioner for EU External relations and European Neighbourhood Policy)

Jorge Sampiao, Secretary General Alliance of Civilizations

Alessandro Minuto-Rizzo (is an Italian diplomat who served as Deputy Secretary General of NATO from 2001 to 2007, and as acting Secretary General of NATO from December 17, 2003 to January 1, 2004 Prior to that  he served as ambassador of Italy to the Western European Union and to the Committee for Policy and Security of the European Union

André Azoulay, Anna Lindh Foundation (big EUROMED sponsor)

...just 4 days before at NATO, at an event, held at the Palais d’Egmont in Brussels on the 7th July 2009,  NATO Secretary General designate, Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen brought together a broad range of representatives from Allied and Partner governments, NATO structures, international organizations, civil society, including parliaments, the corporate sector, NGOs, think tanks, academia and the media.

The Secretary General gave the introductory address ( Other speakers included the former U.S. Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright (again!); the IAEA Director General, Mohamed ElBaradei; Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, General James Mattis; former EU Commissioner António Vitorino; the Chairman of the EU Military Committee, General Henri Bentégeat; the Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme, Josette Sheeran;(farmer: connected to cult leader Rev. Sun Myung Moon) the Chief Executive Officer of ENI, Paolo Scaroni; and the Chairman of Lloyd’s of London, Lord Levene of Portsoken. 

"The aim of this Secretary General’s conference on July 7th was to formally launch the process leading to the new Strategic Concept and begin a dialogue between NATO and a wide range of experts from the strategic community as well as the broader public.

At the Summit in Strasbourg and Kehl on 4 April 2009, NATO Heads of State and Government tasked the Secretary General to develop a new NATO Strategic Concept. The current Strategic Concept was approved at the Washington Summit in 1999 ( down for the English version) 

The Summit also tasked the Secretary General to convene and lead a broad based group of qualified experts who will lay the ground for the new Alliance Strategic Concept. This will be done with the active involvement of the North Atlantic Council. 

The Strategic Concept is the authoritative statement of the Alliance’s objectives and provides the highest level of guidance on the political and military means to be used in achieving them."

"It is heartening that NATO today is able to interact with a range of other international organisations such as the UN and its agencies, the African Union, the World Bank, the OSCE, the Red Cross. Many of these organisations are represented in this room today.But let’s be honest with ourselves. The comprehensive approach will not work if the NATO-EU relationship does not work. Our missions, our geographical areas of interest, our capabilities – even our problems and our deficiencies – are increasingly overlapping – not to speak of our memberships. Our definition of the security challenges and the means to tackle them is also increasingly a shared one. NATO’s eminent persons group should benefit from the experience of the EU which has recently updated its own Security Strategy. We will welcome EU participation in our own exercise. I am glad to see so many representatives of the EU institutions – Council, Commission, European Parliament – in this room today; and we will be hearing from General Bentégeat later...
Certainly the NATO-EU relationship has become a more pragmatic, business-like one; and my own working relations with Javier Solana, José-Manuel Barroso and Benita Ferrero-Waldner have been close and constructive
from: Introductory remarks by NATO Secretary General, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer at the opening of the strategic concept seminar 07 Jul. 2009  LINK

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